Nick Jessett, the Chief Executive Officer of the Company, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. He has well over 24 years of management experience and 9 years working in consulting, helping businesses improve their processes and procedures prior to starting MKT Distillery, LLC. He has also spent the past 4 years as a partner in a company that helps brand breweries, distilleries and wineries. He will be working with a team of professionals to build the business and grow it to enviably height.
Nici Jessett, the Chief Operating Officer of the Company, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. She currently manages the operations in a high profile, high-pressure executive office for a manufacturing company. She also has several years’ experience facilitating operations in a manufacturing plant. Nici has made great strides in the development of recipes at the distillery. She is skilled at distilling, proofing and bottling the alcohol that MKT sells. She will be working with staff and volunteers to plan MKT events, community fundraisers and benefits supporting friends of MKT.
Katy, Texas was a rail stop on the MKT Railway expansion from Junction City, Kansas to Galveston, Texas. The MKT Railway eventually became nicknamed “the Katy” after its stock symbol K-T. Just 30 miles west of the Bonner’s Point rail stop in Houston, the Katy West Depot – eventually shortened to just Katy – became a major hub for rice with over 75,000 acres farmed by more than 300 farmers.
In homage to our local heritage, we have called ourselves MKT Distillery and set up operations in one of Katy’s old rice dryers, the American Rice Growers Dryer which was built in 1947. Our commitment to our local community has inspired us to add locally grown rice to our mash bill and use local Katy water to proof down our spirits. We have found that the rice mellows down our spirits and gives it a unique flavor that is as unique as Katy, Texas. We use local Texas corn and barley in our mash bills which gives our whiskies a flavor that can only be found in Texas.
Come out and enjoy spirits made in the Texas tradition, with unique flavors local to Katy, while soaking up a small piece of the history of this great state in the old Katy rice dryers.
Silver Spike Whiskey:
Silver Spike is a Katy, Texas distilled whiskey from a unique blend of locally sourced Texas corn, locally sourced Texas barley, and locally grown Katy, Texas rice. Some of the batches fermented on their own with wild yeasts from the eco-system of the old rice dryers. This whiskey is aged ever so shortly in an oak container and proofed down with local Katy, Texas water. This all makes Silver Spike a silver whiskey that has a flavor profile as unique as Texas and that could only come from Katy, Texas. We believe that whiskeys should be good enough to drink on their own before they have been aged in a barrel.
Conductor’s Reserve Bourbon Whiskey:
Conductor’s is a Katy, Texas distilled bourbon whiskey from a unique blend of locally sourced Texas corn, locally sourced Texas barley, and locally grown Katy, Texas rice. Some of the batches fermented on their own with wild yeasts from the eco-system of the old rice dryers. This whiskey will be first put in barrels in May of 2019. Once it has aged to perfection, it will be proofed down with local Katy, Texas water. This all makes Conductor’s Reserve a bourbon whiskey that has a flavor profile as unique as Texas and that could only come from Katy, Texas.
Engineer’s Texas Corn Whiskey:
Engineer’s is an all corn whiskey sourced from local Texas farmers. This whiskey was produced in collaboration with another local and proud member of the Texas Whiskey Association and aged in locally sourced used Bourbon Whiskey barrels. It is then proofed down with local Katy, Texas water. The combination of the corn whiskey aging in used bourbon barrels gives it a flavor profile that is smooth and mellow, similar to Scotch whiskeys and Irish whiskeys that are also aged in used bourbon barrels. This process of putting locally sourced corn whiskey in locally sourced used Bourbon barrels and proofing it with Katy, Texas water gives it a very unique flavor profile that can only be found at MKT Distillery.