The History of RD1 Distillery

In 1865, the Ashland Distillery was established, the first to obtain a federally registered distillery license, and was assigned RD#1.
Located on Manchester Street at the city limits of Lexington, KY, today, the remains of the original distillery can be found at what is now the entrance to Lexington’s Distillery District. In 2021, the RD1 brand was reborn with the mission to bring a portfolio that embodies the spirit worthy of Lexington’s legendary whiskey heritage and what we now call Bluegrass Glory.

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