LIMITED EDITION: “Kentucky Senator Bourbon” Upcoming Third Release Honoring 1897’s Bottled-in-Bond Act John G. Carlisle & 125th Anniversary

Kentucky Senator Bourbon
Courtesy. Founders Andre Regard (L) + Damon Thayer (R)

LEXINGTON, KY— Kentucky Senator’s third Bourbon offering, the John G. Carlisle Release, is hitting shelves this summer.

Each release of Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey carries the name of a U.S. Senator from Kentucky. 

The namesake of the upcoming third label being after Covington, Kentucky (Ohio River across from Cincinnati) native, U.S. Senator John G. Carlisle. Carlisle had a long and decorated political career including US Senator (1890 – 1893), US Secr. of Treasury (1893 – 1897), and Kentucky Lt. Governor (1871 – 1875).

Carlisle has high acclaim in the Bourbon Industry for being a tremendous advocate of 1897’s Bottled-in-Bond Act, his political clout playing a key factor in seeing it through and getting past some industry related hurdles and resistance. Matter of fact, in March 2022, Covington hosted the 1st annual John G Carlisle BiB Awards and Celebration to honor their native son and his strong legacy, 2022 being the 125th Anniversary of the BiB Act.

Back to the whiskey. Aged seven years and coming in at 107 proof, the mash bill being 75% corn, 21% rye and 4% malted barley. Suggested retail price will be $119.99.

The limited edition release is available at liquor stores, bars and restaurants throughout Kentucky, with single barrel private selections at Liquor Barn, Party Mart and DEP retail outlets. The John G. Carlisle Release is also available online at and will be featured at legendary Bourbon mecca Jack Rose Dining Saloon in Washington, D.C.

It has been distilled and aged in Kentucky, bottled at Bluegrass Distillers in Lexington and is being distributed by Kentucky Eagle Distributing.

“We’re proud to bring this third release of Kentucky Senator Bourbon to the marketplace,” said co-manager Andre Regard, “and in doing so honoring the father of the Bottled in Bond Act, Senator John G. Carlisle.”

“We are featuring the same mash bill as our second bottling, this time aged seven years,” said co-manager Damon Thayer. “As always, Kentucky Senator will be released at 107 proof. We continue our commitment to Kentucky’s fine Bourbon spirit and will continue to deliver superior taste and experience in each pour.”

The Kentucky Senator brand originated from Crigler and Crigler in northern Kentucky. The brand was later distilled and bottled by Double Springs Distillers, Inc. in Bardstown. Today, Kentucky Senator has been given a fresh look thanks to local managers Andre Regard and Damon Thayer.

Thayer has been a Kentucky based Senator since 2003 and a strong supporter of the Bourbon Industry during tenure. Regard, a Louisiana native, ran a Kentucky based horse breeding operation and is an equine attorney and a successful entrepreneur. The two have the ultimate Kentucky background in Bourbon and horses, missing only fried chicken for the trifecta. More can be read about the management team in their online bios (