There’s something about Deatsville. Some of my favorite Heaven Hill single barrels have matured in Deatsville; it’s home of the historic, long-ago-shuttered T.W. Samuels Distillery; it has great bourbon lawsuit stories like the battle between Samuels and the railroad (check it out here: Bourbon Takes on the L&N Railroad–Two Titans of the Late 1800’s…); and roadside pictures that I’ve taken over the years give a glimpse of grandeur springing up in the middle of farmland.
But I have never been inside the T.W. Samuels Distillery. Fortunately, my friend Chasta McIntyre at Mint Julep Experiences found her way inside and shared these pictures. Like other abandoned distilleries, it’s remarkable that equipment, machinery, and supplies seem to have been just left behind. Although it’s unlikely that the T.W. Samuels Distillery will ever produce bourbon again, I hope that its history is preserved. In the meantime, the property continues to be used for aging and finding Deatsville-aged bourbon ought to be on everyone’s to-do list for 2020.
And a special thanks again to Chasta!