The bourbon (and spirit) business is big money. It’s also largely owned by corporate conglomerates. Willett is the anomaly.
Kentucky produces roughly 95% of the world’s bourbon. And at the printing of this book, there are 73 licensed distilleries in Kentucky. Of these 73 distilleries, Willett is one of the oldest that is still privately held. Having opened only three short years after prohibition (1936), Willett remains one of the few truly family-owned (same family since inception) and operated distilleries born out of this era. They are also one of the few that have remained on the same plot of land.