Charles Medley Distillery
The Wathen-Medley family has been distilling premium bourbon for 8 generations, beginning more than 100 years before prohibition. When the 21st amendment was ratified in the winter of 1933, Thomas Aquinas Medley began distilling and releasing unaged spirits as he established his business, much like the whiskey producers of today. When he first produced bourbon, he sold it as a 30-day-old spirit; a far cry from the age of his pre-Prohibition bourbons, but people were ecstatic! Next came a 60-day bourbon, and so it went until sufficient reserves had been built and a sufficiently aged bourbon could be offered.
After Thomas Medley’s death in 1940, the next generation of Wathen-Medleys boys stepped up to bat. They realized that within their warehouse there were “sweet spots” that created a bourbon superlative to the rest. While much of their whiskey was sold in bulk to larger whiskey houses, R. Wathen-Medley “cherry picked” these single barrels of superior quality and branded them under the family name, Wathen’s “Single Barrel” Straight Kentucky Bourbon.
Today, the company is run by the 7th and 8th generation Wathen-Medley boys, Sam and his father, Charles. A low-rye mash bill is used to create their Kentucky Straight Bourbons and the recipe remains unaltered from the original.