The Cream of Kentucky brand was originally introduced in 1888 by I. Trager & Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio. Just prior to the end of Prohibition, the brand was acquired by the famed Schenley Company and subsequently re-introduced in 1934. Through the 1930s and 1940s Cream of Kentucky grew to become one of the leading bourbon brands, with renowned artist Norman Rockwell provided much of the award winning artwork for the brand during its heyday. Cream of Kentucky is now owned by J.W. Rutledge, and Jim has recently purchased a limited supply of Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey he feels is worthy of the rebirth of Cream of Kentucky Bourbon as a premium whiskey.
In the super-premium category, the J.W. Rutledge Distillery is creating High Plains Whiskey. Its flagship mash-bill will entail a straight rye whiskey certain to become a fan-favorite.
Building upon the successes of our predecessors who've pioneered the premium whiskey market, the J.W. Rutledge line of Bourbons will help pioneer the growing luxury bourbon market both domestically and abroad.