The Founders

Coalition Whiskey is started by three mavericks who form the actual “Coalition”: Together, they envisioned a new frontier for the industry using their collective skills to reimagine and elevate the super-premium whiskey.

Leonid Yangarber

Leonid Yangarber

The Architect

Leonid is the man behind the concept. After many years in the CEO role in a major spirits company, he had an itch to create something truly different, tapping into his love of American whiskey and French wine. He left the corporate world to pursue his dreams and create the first 100% Rye Whiskey finished in Bordeaux wine barrels, bringing together experts in their fields to make Coalition Whiskey a reality.

Steve Thompson

Steve Thompson

The Whiskey Veteran

Steve Thompson is the owner of Kentucky Artisan Distillery, where the precious liquid in Coalition Whiskey is created. Definitely a famous man in the great Commonwealth of Kentucky, whiskey is his life and has been for the last 40 years. Steve selected his small-batch, unique stock of 2015 100% Rye to become Coalition Whiskey, and Leonid and Ludwig decided to look no further.

Ludwig Vanneron

Ludwig Vanneron

The Bordeaux Winemaker

An avid American Whiskey fan, Ludwig Vanneron is a renowned Bordeaux-based winemaker and global wine specialist. Working with many famous wine houses, Ludwig understands prestigious wine and is ideally suited for selecting Coalition Whiskey’s finishing barrels. He knows how wines develop and what´s happening inside the barrel even after the wine has left it. His nose, palate, and intuition are key to Coalition Whiskey`s unique taste profile.

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