Friends Bill Karlson and John O'Mara – the K and O of KO – met as classmates at the United States Merchant Marine Academy. After graduation, they parted and sailed in the merchant marine and Naval reserve, but eventually both hit on the same question: 'What next?' The answer was making whiskey.

In 2013, the due set out to create craft spirits, relying on local ingredients. They broke ground on their distillery in 2015, and released their first aged whiskey in 2016 – Bare Knuckle American whiskey.

With a range of spirits and a few more years of distilling experience behind them, KO are a distillery to watch and we're very pleased to have them at Whisky Show.

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