In 1879, Charles Mortimer Dedman, a local pharmacist, set up his distillery in Mercer County, Kentucky, on the banks of the Kentucky River. The activity flourished for 37 years until the government prohibited and confiscated 250,000 gallons. Then, on a dark night, the site was destroyed in a few hours in a fire whose causes remain mysterious (an alcohol warehouse normally burns in several days …). Rumors will attribute the event to Al Capone who repatriated the whiskey for his clandestine activities in Chicago…
A century later, Dixon Dedman, the great-great-grandson of the creator, re-founded the family distillery and launched a new production of exceptional whiskeys.
- Sipping: Confiscated