The Old Taylor distillery in Millville moved a giant step closer Tuesday to making liquor again. A new still, made for distiller Marianne Barnes by Vendome Copper and Brass Works in Louisville, was installed.
The 24-inch copper column still with its 375-gallon copper doubler was lowered into place where the old 70-inch column still used to be.
The distillery, located outside Versailles, also now has a separate 17-inch stainless steel gin still, and Barnes plans to make gin in late February, with steady production of 20 to 30 barrels a day by mid-March. She will also begin making at least two bourbons, which will age on the grounds in the barrel warehouse, under restoration, that is already boarding barrels for other distilleries.
"The gins will be the first to hit the shelves, although we'll be making bourbon all along," she said Tuesday.
Outside, the signature peristyle has been rebuilt and is being repainted. Landscaper Jon Carloftis has finished a botanical garden on the site and will be putting in a herb garden.
The target date for opening the distillery is April 1. A name has not been announced.