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Kessler Whiskey
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Kessler Whiskey.
Type Blended whiskey
Manufacturer Beam Suntory
Country of origin Clermont, Kentucky USA
Alcohol by volume 40.00%
Proof 80
Related products Jim Beam Brands

Kessler Whiskey is an American brand of blended whiskey started by Julius Kessler in 1888.[1] It is known for the slogan, "Smooth as Silk".[1] The brand is currently owned and produced by Beam Suntory.[1] Beam claims it is the #2 selling American blended whiskey.[1]

The Whiskey Jug reviewed Kessler Whiskey in 2015, concluding that it was not very good, smelling and tasting "like a cheap bourbon that's been watered down and mixed with vodka". The review suggested that the whiskey's popularity as a cocktail mixer was due to its not adding much flavor, but just fading into the background. It was considered much better than Seagram's 7.[2]

Kessler started selling whiskey in Leadville, Colorado in the late 1870s. In the early days, Julius Kessler went from saloon to saloon selling the whiskey. Kessler's company quickly became profitable, in part due to the higher prices the whiskey commanded in remote areas.[3] Kessler retired from the business in 1921 at the age of 65.[3]

Around 1935, Kessler Whiskey was acquired by The Seagram Company.[3] Eventually, the brand became owned by Beam Inc.,[1] which was then purchased by Suntory Holdings.


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Soapbox Cincinnati

Soapbox Cincinnati
Mon, 25 May 2015 21:03:06 -0700

Once upon a time, back in the 1950s, the sleazy dive bar on this block known as the Phoenix Cafe was the #1 seller of Kessler's whiskey in the country. Let's just consider the “Old and a Cold” a modern update on that rich history and tradition. Share ...


Thu, 12 Feb 2015 06:48:45 -0800

Mr. Postell voluntarily revealed an opened pint bottle of Kessler whiskey from his vehicle." The subject later failed a field sobriety test. When officers searched his truck, police located a cup in the cup holder that was said to contain a mixed drink ...

Central Michigan Life

Central Michigan Life
Tue, 18 Mar 2014 21:05:24 -0700

According to emails sent to Ghanem on Oct. 11, 2013, Marron reported that a custodian in Moore Hall found Kessler whiskey bottles on the third floor, and that the worker had run into Baker "'loaded' many times." Ghanem sent an email to Marron and the ...
Paste Magazine
Tue, 12 May 2009 00:00:00 -0700

It's well after midnight on a Thursday, and both Elsasser and his audience have been drawing liberally from a bottle of Kessler Whiskey. They drunkenly shout along as he sings, “When Hotel Frank died / It made me feel awful sad inside.” The sound is ...
Metromode Media (blog)
Wed, 28 Jul 2010 22:10:06 -0700

Joe Zainea, 76, owns The Majestic, an entertainment venue consisting of some of Detroit's top live music venues, the Majestic Theater and the Magic Stick, as well as restaurants, bowling, and billiards. His sons, David and Joe S., serve as the complex ...

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