A Family of Bourbon brands means just that. Many recognizable brands are produced by one company.
A favorite distillery to visit in Kentucky is Buffalo Trace owned by the Sazerac Company. Located in Frankfort, Kentucky the location was formerly known as the George T. Stagg Distillery. Many people have experienced Buffalo Trace by taking the distillery tour and walking through the expansive and historic property. Buffalo Trace is memorable with a label that is easily recognized and readily available to purchase.
Buffalo Trace is a fine bourbon and if the story stopped here there would be a lot to discuss, however, there is a lesson to learn about bourbon brands and how far reaching they are. Pappy Van Winkle is a rare and hard to find bourbon that is much sought after in the bourbon world. The Van Winkle brand is a joint venture between Buffalo Trace and the Van Winkle family.
In addition, Buffalo Trace also distills the following bourbons:
E. H. Taylor
Elmer T. Lee
George T. Stagg
W. L. Weller
Another distillery that is considered the biggest name in bourbon is Jim Beam. Based in Clermont Kentucky they are known for the best selling Jim Beam white label bourbon. If you have ever seen or tasted Kirkland Signature bourbon available at Costco it is distilled by Jim Beam. Examples of other Beam produced bourbons are:
Located in Louisville, Heaven Hill is a major Kentucky distillery. Beside the namesake bourbon Heaven Hill, they also produce the following brands:
Knowing which distilleries produce which brands will help you located and identify bourbons to taste and enjoy. In no way is this designed to be a complete overview of brands produced by major distilleries but it is a glimpse into the wide range of brands available within one corporate umbrella.