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History

Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr.

Father of the Modern Bourbon Industry

(1830-1923)

Although the early days of bourbon making in

Kentucky are often recounted with legends and lore,

Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr., left an undisputed and

invaluable legacy for America’s favorite spirit.

One of Kentucky’s original Bourbon aristocrats, Taylor was an industry

leader who greatly advanced the quality of Kentucky Bourbon and

safeguarded the Bourbon label from bogus producers. Called the "father of

the modern bourbon industry," Taylor started and/or owned seven different

distilleries throughout his career, the most successful being the O.F.C. and

Carlisle distilleries, the forerunners of today’s Buffalo Trace Distillery.

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