Sazerac expands KY bourbon holdings

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Barton Brands is about to disappear, for real. As an entity, that is, not as a portfolio of spirits.

The Bardstown, KY, company is being purchased by Sazerac Co. of New Orleans.

Sazerac already owns Buffalo Trace bourbon in Frankfort. In the deal it will acquire 1792 Ridgemont Reserve and Very Old Barton. The sale is expected to close by late next month.

Once the deal is complete, Sazerac will rank as Kentucky's third-largest holder of aging distilled spirits, with 17% of the state's overall inventory, according to the Kentucky Distillers' Association.

The Barton Brands name began disappearing after it was purchased by Constellation which changed the name to Constellation Spirits. Its facilities in Bardstown include the Tom Moore Distillery.

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