RD1 Spirits

DOUBLE GOLD – 2023 SIP Awards

GOLD – 2023 Denver International Spirits Competition

GOLD – 2023 San Francisco International Spirits Competition

GOLD – Excellence in Packaging, 2023 ADI International Spirits Competition

GOLD – 2023 Ascot Awards by Fred Minnick

PLATINUM – Bottle Design, 2023 Ascot Awards by Fred Minnick

95 Points – 2023 MLSA Competition

GOLD – 2023 John Barleycorn Awards

95 Points – 2023 New York International Spirits Competition

The Craft: Kentucky Through and Through

RD1 Spirit’s Straight Bourbon is distilled in Kentucky using 100% copper equipment, aged 4+ years in Kentucky and bottled in Kentucky. We use 100% Kentucky corn and local limestone well water in our sour mash (also non-chill filtered). This traditional mash bill of 70% corn, 21% rye and 9% malted barley is a Bluegrass favorite for a reason.

The Packaging: Honoring the Past With Eyes Wide Open to the Future

RD1's custom glass bottle honors the first federally registered distillery in Lexington and the many brands it produced - the beautiful tree on the neck label is reminiscent of Ashland Distillery's old label and the glass lettering honors the Old William Tarr bottle. RD1's modern, concave bottle shape features the iconic horse farm fences of Lexington around the base in etched glass.

The Experience: Tried-and-True Lexington

This traditional Kentucky Straight Bourbon invites you in with delicious aromas of vanilla wafers and roasted almonds. When sipping, orange flavors are followed by honeyed caramel, herbal tea and peppery oak. A long, warm finish ends dry with a spicy hint of ginger and cinnamon.

If traditional tasting notes aren’t your style, you may…

See – Your go-to piece of gold jewelry

Smell – The Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Taste – Your favorite cigar

Feel – Like you own a Lexington horse farm

The Buzz: What Others Are Saying

The Tasting Panel: “Aged four years, this is made from Kentucky-grown corn, rye and barley blended with limestone well water. It’s subtle in caramel, vanilla, and baked pineapple, presenting as both expansive and powerful on the palate, with a lengthy finish of baking spice.” November 2023

USA Ratings: “A straight bourbon with rich, floral notes of maple syrup and honeysuckle. Has delightful medium-long finish with baking spices and caramel.” August 2023

John Barleycorn Awards: “A beautiful honeysuckle nose leads to nutty oak on the palate with a warm, cinnamon spiced, and lingering finish. Double Gold for me and double trouble. Bartender another round please.” June 2023

Ultimate Spirits Challenge: “A full and regal nose carries aromas of pipe tobacco, leather, mandarin orange peel, and clove. Flavors of caramel corn, buttered honey biscuits, and baking chocolate come through on a complex yet comforting palate before subtle cinnamon and spice notes round out the finish.” June 2023

Fred Minnick’s Ascot Awards: “A solidly delicious, well balanced bourbon with spice, oak and a long, pleasant finish.” May 2023

London International Spirits Competition: “A bourbon with flavors and aromas of toasted corn, malt, oak and some sweetness and long finish, complex and intense with wood and vanilla hints.” March 2023