In this Thursday, March 9, 2017, photo, Tom Bulleit, founder of the Bulleit Distilling Co., talks about the brand's future at its new distillery outside Shelbyville, Ky. (AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner)
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Bulleit bourbon has reached a milestone in its maturity with the opening of its first distillery. It's riding the wave of bourbon's popularity as its parent company – spirits giant Diageo – looks to expand a brand started 30 years ago when Kentuckian Tom Bulleit revived his family's whiskey recipe.Bulleit's growth could mean an even bigger distillery.Global sales for the Bulleit brand, which includes rye whiskey, reached 1.1 million cases in the fiscal year ending in June 2016, up 29 percent from the prior year.Bulleit bourbon also was made at non-Diageo distilleries until the Shelbyville plant opened. The brand's rapid growth means Bulleit will continue relying at least for a while on contract production for some of its bourbon, the company said.Bulleit was started in 1987 by Kentucky lawyer Tom Bulleit, who now serves as a brand ambassador.
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