W.H. McBrayer Batch 2 Bottle and Box

W.H. McBrayer

Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Barrel Strength

Batch 2: Legacy Collection – Original Recipe | Collector’s Edition


This Bourbon is the McBrayer family’s tribute to one of Kentucky’s founding distillers: W.H. McBrayer, who was otherwise known as “The Judge.” Using heirloom grains grown only a few miles from his original distillery, this spirit was carefully crafted to honor the superior quality that earned “The Judge’’ his worldwide whiskey reputation. 

To replicate his highly-coveted recipe, we used McBrayer’s original mash bill, which was discovered on the back of a handwritten letter he wrote to E.H. Taylor in 1870. 

Locally-sourced corn, rye and malted barley pay homage to the land where his distilling legacy took root, while a low barrel entry proof and non-chill filtration capture the full flavor and character of our distinctive Kentucky Bourbon.


Mash Bill:
88.4% Bloody Butcher Corn
5.8% Heritage Rye
5.8% Malted Barley

Batch Details:
Release Date: April 2022
Bottles: 1,300
Proof: 100 – Barrel Strength
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Coming Soon:
Batch 3 – 2023 Release Date

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