The Kentucky Senator brand was originally distilled and bottled by Crigler & Crigler in Covington, Kentucky, then by Double Springs Distillers, Inc. in Bardstown. Revived by Kentucky Senator Spirits, LLC in 2019, each release of Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey will carry the name of an esteemed U.S. Senator from the Bluegrass State.
Our first release is named for Senator Alben W. Barkley of McCracken County, and like its namesake, is in a class by itself. Aged 15 years, it is a very small batch bourbon, distilled, aged and bottled in Kentucky.
Kentucky Senator Bourbon is marked by an authentic blending of history
and commitment to selling the finest Kentucky Bourbon whiskey.
Like its namesake, Senator Alben W. Barkley, the first release of Kentucky Senator Bourbon is in a class by itself. It is a very small batch bourbon distilled, aged 15 years, and bottled in Kentucky.
This limited-edition release has been aged six years, the same number of years that William J. DeBoe served in the U.S. Senate (1897 to 1903). Born in Crittenden County, William J. DeBoe carries the distinction of being the very first Republican from Kentucky to serve in the Senate. He was also a physician and lawyer who attended medical school at the University of Louisville.
John Griffin Carlisle (1834–1910) was a leader of the Bourbon Democrats who fought for the passage of the very first piece of legislation to protect Americans from tainted whiskey. The successful Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897, celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2022, is part of John G. Carlisle’s legacy today.
John Sherman Cooper, Republican of Somerset in Pulaski County, served three non-consecutive, partial terms in the U.S. Senate before being elected to two full terms in 1960 and 1966.
One of the most consequential Kentuckians of the 20th Century, he also served as State Representative, County Judge, Circuit Judge, as well as U.S. Ambassador to India and East Germany. He was a close friend of President John F. Kennedy and later served on the Warren Commission which investigated the Assassination of JFK.
This is the original Kentucky Senator bourbon logo discovered by the managers. It inspired them to revive the brand, refresh the look and add a new story to this old Double Springs Distillery brand.
Kentucky Senator gets a mention in
this history of Crigler & Crigler.
The Kentucky Senator brand was originally distilled and bottled by Crigler & Crigler in Covington, Kentucky, then by Double Springs Distillers, Inc. in Bardstown. The brand revival is led by Andre Regard and Damon Thayer as they work to restore this vintage Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey to its glory days. Both men possess a unique background in Bourbon that they bring to the management team.
Andre traces his Kentucky lineage back to the 1700’s, when Bourbon whiskey first began to be distilled. He is in fact a direct descendant of Basil Hayden and the founders of Old Grand-Dad Whiskey in Hobbs, Kentucky. Andre’s ancestors subsequently moved to Louisiana during the first Bourbon boom, making it safe to say that Andre’s love for Bourbon whiskey is quite literally in his blood.
A successful entrepreneur and equine attorney, Andre is known for choosing business ventures that tie closely to the land on which he lives. Andre originally hails from Louisiana where he and his brother run one of the largest business-to-business pecan companies in the country, Cane River Pecan Company. When Andre moved to Kentucky in 1999, he ran a respected thoroughbred breeding farm in Bourbon County. After ten years in the stables, Andre founded his equine law firm, Regard Law Group. His rootedness to the land and culture of a place makes Kentucky Senator a natural next step.
Andre served on the Kentucky Racing Health and Welfare Fund and he is one of the first members of KEEP – the Kentucky Equine Education Project. He is also past chair of the equine section of the Kentucky Bar Association and a committee leader for the American Bar Association.
Andre and his wife live on a historic property in Scott County where they raise their seven children. The property boasts a productive natural spring, which prompted Andre to open the Browns Mill Farm and Inn for those seeking a quiet retreat within the Kentucky landscape. On the off-chance that Andre is not busy with the bustle of the work week, you may find him hunting alligator back in Louisiana or sipping on some fine Bourbon whiskey.
A Kentucky Senator since 2003, Damon has spent years championing Bourbon at our state Capitol. Damon is only the eighth legislator ever to receive the 100 Proof Award – and he is the only senator to receive the award twice. The 100 Proof Award is presented by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association and it is the highest honor that the Bourbon industry gives to elected officials who promote and protect Kentucky’s home spirit. Recently, Damon was inducted into the well-respected Order of the Writ by The Fifteen – a founder’s council made up of 15 Bourbon barons and the KDA.
A political powerhouse, Damon has received the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s MVP Award six times for his razor-sharp focus on the growth of Kentucky businesses. He is also a two-time recipient of the Kentucky League of Cities’ Big Hitter Award for stepping up to the plate and achieving passage of legislation that will significantly impact Kentucky cities.
In 2013, Damon took on the mantle of Senate Majority Leader – a role which requires him to act on behalf of the entire Republican majority on the Senate floor. He is known for being a constant workhorse for Kentucky voters and was selected as 23rd on a list of the 40 most influential people in the debate to decide the future of U.S. Pensions by Institutional Investor Magazine.
In his spare time, Damon owns and operates Thayer Communications & Consulting LLC and Half Century Equine Ventures LLC, which acquires interests in racehorse partnerships. His horses race at all Kentucky racetracks, plus tracks in California, Illinois, Florida, New Jersey, New York, and Ohio. In 2020, one filly even competed at the prestigious Royal Ascot meeting in England.
With such strong Kentucky roots and a personal penchant for the finest Kentucky Bourbon, it was only a matter of time until Damon undertook his own venture into Kentucky’s signature Bourbon industry.
Kentucky Senator Bourbon is marked by an authentic blending of history and commitment to selling the finest Kentucky Bourbon whiskey.