Highclere Castle Spirits made a payment with one of its distributors using Bitcoin (CRYPTO: BTC), which the company says may be the first transaction in the U.S. spirits industry using cryptocurrency.
What happened: Essex, Connecticut-based Highclere Castle Spirits sold 10 cases of their Highclere Castle Gin to Heritage Wine and Spirits for sale in the Kentucky market. The companies plan to process a larger order in the coming days, which will also use Bitcoin as compensation.
Adam von Gootkin, whose Julii Luxury Brands LLC created the Onyx Moonshine, co-founded Highclere Castle Spirits with Lord and Lady Carnarvon, the owners of Highclere Castle. The brand’s gin is distilled in England using plants grown on the 5,000-acre estate, which is best known for the award-winning ‘Downton Abbey’ television series.
“We have plants grown on the estate, including lavender planted by the Bishops of Winchester in the 1600s, juniper, oranges that grew in the Victorian-era orangery,” he said. stated in an interview with WAG magazine about its business activities. “Even the oats planted on the estate were sold to very high-end thoroughbred racehorses, including the Queen’s racehorses.
Why is this important: Although von Gootkin did not provide details on how the Bitcoin transaction was handled, he said the development was in line with the innovative spirit of the Carnarvon line.
“Highclere Castle has been on the border for a long time, from the 5th Earl of Carnarvon’s discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb to the launch of one of the world’s most awarded gins,” said von Gootkin. “Accepting the first Bitcoin transaction is just another example in Highclere’s history.”
Highclere Castle Gin was introduced to the US market in November 2019. The Carnarvons and von Gootkin have also teamed up on Highland Castle cigars, made from Nicaraguan tobacco.
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