The Spirit of Kentucky: When distillers need a still, they call Vendome

December 7, 2013 

LOUISVILLE — Bourbon makers have few secrets from the men who build their stills. After 110 years in the business, there is little that people at Vendome Copper and Brass Works don't know about where the industry has been — or where it's going.

Long before a certain Tennessee distillery announced a $100 million expansion in August, cousins Rob and Mike Sherman, fourth-generation still makers at Vendome, knew that the company was getting more stills. Vendome has 25,000 pounds of German-milled copper plates in stock and another 25,000 on order, but for the Jack Daniel's project, even that might not be enough.

In Vendome's warehouses are shrink-wrapped pieces of future distilling glory, headed all over the country. Seems everybody wants a still.

"There's nothing more lucrative than alcohol," Rob Sherman said.

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