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Castle & Key Distillery Releases Latest Bourbon, Donates 100% of Proceeds to Support Diversity in Spirits Industry

The story of Kentucky bourbon is one that has been told many times but not always in its entirety. Castle & Key Distillery hopes to change that and better diversity with its latest release, The Untold Story of Kentucky Bourbon Chapter 1.


The Untold Story of Kentucky Whiskey Chapter 1 label. (Image via Castle & Key)

The Untold Story of Kentucky Whiskey series will shed light on African Americans’ roles in the bourbon whiskey sector. The new release is sponsored by The Kentucky Black Bourbon Guild, which has published a manual also titled “The Untold Story of Kentucky Whiskey.” Proceeds from the book’s sales will go to The Castle & Key Scholarship Fund, “a scholarship established to promote diversity and inclusion within the distillery industry.”

“As distillers and admirers of American whiskey, it is our responsibility to share the history of how the spirit came to be,” said Wes Murry, co-founder of Castle & Key. “We are honored to have partnered with the Kentucky Black Bourbon Guild to amplify these untold stories and to launch this important scholarship fund. Our is hope is to amplify the diverse history of our industry and to support a more equitable future for prospective distillers.”

Each year, Castle & Key will publish new “chapters” of The Untold Story. Each version relates another facet of how African Americans have influenced Bourbon.

“With this program, we hope to inspire a new generation of distillers and to challenge the conventions of the past,” said Jonathan Newton, director of sales. “We hope to incorporate more of this historical narrative into the experience at Castle & Key, and we hope that this initiative inspires more of this important work throughout the industry.”

At Blue Grass Community Foundation, Castle & Key Distillery established the Diversity in Kentucky Distilling Scholarship to aid students of color who want to pursue a career in distilling in Kentucky. The scholarship is worth $5,000 and is renewable for one more year of study. More information about this award and requirements for eligibility may be found on the Blue Grass Community Foundation’s website.

Available for purchase at $149.99 per bottle, 100% of net proceeds will go towards the Diversity in Kentucky Distilling Scholarship program which was co-founded by Castle & Key and the Kentucky Black Bourbon Guild.

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Madison Kopta is an editor at Whiskey Raiders. As a Northern California native and mom of four, Madison spends much of her time enjoying the great outdoors with her family. From camping to keeping an eagle eye out for Bigfoot, you can find Madison in nature, enjoying a glass of whiskey with her husband.