Source: The News-Enterprise
Boundary Oak Distillery to premiere Lincoln spirits
A new line of spirits featuring America’s 16th president on the bottle will make its debut this summer from Hardin County’s own Boundary Oak Distillery.
The Lincoln line of drinks will include bourbon, amber and rye whiskey. Master distiller Brent Goodin said the amber and rye whiskey will be available this summer. The bourbon will be available when the first of the small-batch line is ready to bottle around this time next year, he said.
“We have the prototype,” he said. “The concept is not even done yet.”
Goodin said some of the first bottles in the line will feature corks made from the Boundary Oak tree less than 150 yards from the cabin where Abraham Lincoln was born 207 years ago today.
Not to be confused with Boundary Oak Distillery’s namesake oak tree, the large white oak once was used as a specific boundary marker in the original 1805 survey of the 300-acre Sinking Spring Farm that Thomas Lincoln purchased, according to the National Park Service. The oak grew to 6 feet in diameter, 90 feet in height a crown spread of 115 feet before it died in 1976. The tree lived approximately 195 years and was thought to be the last living link to Abraham Lincoln.
Goodin said he was unsure how many corks will be made from the piece of the tree the distillery owns and the special corks will not be distributed in every bottle.
The Lincoln bourbon will be one of two premier bourbons for the distillery, along with the Samuel Goodin bourbon, named for Goodin’s great-great-grandfather.
Goodin said the distillery has plans to feature other Kentucky historical figures and military figures, including specially-packaged bottles of amber in honor of Gen. George Patton, the World War II U.S. Army commander.
“Those will be on shelves in the next two or three weeks,” Goodin said. “Some proceeds will go back to the (General George Patton Museum and Center of Leadership).”
The distillery worked with Patton’s grandson to produce the product, which includes a bottle of amber, Patton’s drink of choice, Goodin said. The drink comes packed in a replica of Patton’s footlocker.
“A lot of history is put into the box we sell them in,” he said.
About 3,000 bottles will be made.
Anna Taylor can be reached at 270-505-1747 or [email protected]