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welcome to the blue run family

Bold. Distinctive. Inviting. Blue Run Spirits offers fine Kentucky whiskies carefully crafted to make every experience memorable.

Honoring tradition, looking forward

In creating our exceptional whiskies, we honor those who came before us while working to define the future of luxury bourbons and ryes. Putting his stamp of approval on the barrels is Jim Rutledge, a Bourbon Hall of Famer with more than 50 years of experience crafting legendary whiskies. He is joined by Shaylyn Gammon, one of the youngest and most innovative leaders in whiskey today - the creator of 2021's American Whiskey of the Year. A perfect pairing to create the perfect expressions for every occasion.


We are honored to have received so many accolades in such a short time, including several "best of" lists, multiple double golds and two Best in Category recognitions. But we know the true test is the approval of our Blue Run customers.

Whatever your preference - bourbon or rye - the robust, rich and approachable flavors housed in our distinctive bottle with the butterfly tells you that it's Blue Run, a whiskey crafted to create a peak experience.

A whiskey metamorphosis

Our signature butterfly medallion symbolizes the metamorphosis of the world of whiskies as we introduce our bourbons and ryes to a broader, more diverse generation of spirits enthusiasts.

Our Story

Blue Run Spirits was founded by five people with one shared passion - great whiskey.

Where did the name come from? Georgetown, Kentucky's Royal Spring — what cofounder Jesse McKnight called the “Blue Run” as a kid — home to the birthplace of bourbon back in 1789. We hope you enjoy our fine bourbons and rye whiskies as much as we enjoy producing them.

Like any good story, ours has just begun. And now our growing Blue Run family will help us write the rest of the story.


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Blue Run Spirits is celebrating this holiday season with the third annual release of their highly anticipated 12 Days of Bourbon series. This final whiskey release of the year features a dozen single barrel, barrel proof bourbons from acclaimed distiller, Jim Rutledge.


Green GOLD

Emerald Rye

Emerald Rye is Blue Run’s second Rye Whiskey release. Contract distilled at Castle & Key in Frankfort, Kentucky, this limited collection was crafted from just 189 barrels. Emerald embraces the distinct, spicy characteristics of rye, yet with the approachability and depth of an aged bourbon.



Blue Run Kentucky Straight Bourbon
"Flight Series"

Blue Run Flight Series is a collection “micro batches” of Blue Run’s lauded Kentucky Straight High Rye Bourbon Whiskey. Each of the six “Flights” consists of between two to five barrels contract distilled by Blue Run’s Liquid Advisor Jim Rutledge at Castle & Key Distillery.

The barrels were hand-selected and expertly blended by Whiskey Director Shaylyn Gammon, making Flight the first Blue Run whiskey release blended by Gammon since she joined the company earlier this year. The small number of barrels used in Blue Run’s micro batching allows Gammon’s award-winning blending artistry to shine through on each bourbon, creating exceptional flavor experiences in each Flight. Blue Run plans to release two Flight series annually beginning in 2023.



Blue Run Golden Rye Whiskey

Blue Run small batch Golden Rye Whiskey is Blue Run’s inaugural Rye expression. Named for both the distinct color of the choice grains that were used in the creation process and the resulting product, Golden Rye was awarded a Gold medal in 2021 by the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.




Blue Run “Reflection I” Kentucky Straight Bourbon is a small-batch whiskey and was contract distilled by Blue Run’s Liquid Advisor and Bourbon Hall of Famer Jim Rutledge. Jim distilled this batch of barrels at Castle & Key Distillery. The name “Reflection I” was chosen by two of Blue Run’s founders who faced personal challenges over the past two years, in the middle of the pandemic and while launching the company. Pulled from existing aging stocks, this approachable bourbon, at this particular proof, is what they both enjoyed during this period, allowing them to reflect on what truly matters, starting first and foremost with family.

Tasting Notes:
Bright Rainier cherries and creamy butterscotch on the nose. Fluffy pancakes and maple syrup on the front end, rosemary on the mid palate with an invigorating nutmeg finish.



Kentucky Straight High Rye Single Barrel

The Blue Run team has selected 12 different single barrels of their High Rye Bourbon, which was contract distilled at Castle & Key Distillery. Each barrel, which featured a #4 alligator char and was aged in Frankfort and Bardstown, KY, will have its own unique personality based on where it was in the rickhouse and how the whiskey reacted to the wood. They range from 115-117 proof and the color of the butterflies vary based upon the distinct flavor profile.



Blue Run Kentucky Holiday Rye Cask Strength

Blue Run Holiday Rye Cask Strength features product from the same family of barrels as the Golden Rye Whiskey, which won a Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, but at Cask Strength, coming in at 106 proof. Each bottle features a “Pollock” treatment on the brand’s signature butterfly, making it easily identifiable on any back bar.



Kentucky Straight High Rye Bourbon Whiskey

Blue Run Kentucky Straight High Rye Bourbon is a small-batch whiskey and is the first Blue Run product with Bourbon Hall of Famer Jim Rutledge serving as the contracted Master Distiller (on all previous Blue Run products, except Golden Rye, Jim served as the Liquid Advisor).


Aged 13 Years

Blue Run Kentucky Straight

The inaugural Blue Run Bourbon is an instant classic. This 113-proof small batch temptation doesn’t need gimmicks or special finishes. It’s been aged directly into its sweet spot, delivering a mature, complex whiskey that offers an endlessly layered taste.


Aged 13.5 Years

Blue Run Single Barrel

Bottled at cask strength to accentuate their rare traits, these 10 single barrel selections will tantalize your palate and deliver an elevated experience worth savoring.


Aged 14 Years

Blue Run Kentucky Straight

This small batch bourbon won Best in Class and double gold at the 2021 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.



Jim Rutledge, liquid advisor

The iconic Jim Rutledge expertly approves Blue Run’s Bourbon selections and distills our new make Bourbon.

Rutledge, a 50-year veteran of the industry, is the former Master Distiller of Four Roses Bourbon. Enshrined in the inaugural class of the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame in 2001, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 from Malt Advocate, and was named Ambassador of the Year by Whisky Magazine in 2008. Rutledge was also the 13th inductee (and only the 2nd American) into Whisky Magazine’s global hall of fame in 2013.


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“The best package in bourbon.”

—ryan cecil
bourbon pursuit

“Blue Run is what I look for in a bourbon: complex flavor with a smooth finish. This is my new go-to celebratory whiskey!”

— Ty Votaw
EVP, International

“This [High Rye Bourbon] is legit the best four-year whiskey I've ever had.”

— Dan Shook
Bourbon junkies

“Blue Run takes bourbon to a new level. I loved it from the first sip. I knew with a glass of this I could sit back and relax and just enjoy the taste.”

— Rabbi Joel Simonds