Bourbon Classic


The Bourbon Classic this year was said to have been double-digit percentages larger than any previous year and it looked like it. And yet – my glass was never empty. As usual, the planning for the Classic was worthy of the name. Adding to the lustre of the event itself was its location at the Henry Clay on 3rd street. If there is a better venue for the Bourbon Classic, I don’t know about it.

We met people from around the nation and the world who came to the cradle of bourbon civilization like anthropologists digging into bourbon’s storied past and trying to predict its trajectory as a culture and product that is driving a thriving industry in this state and others.

Every distiller who is worthy to be here, was. If I start naming names, I’ll not finish with my accolades. Nowhere else can you sample the best of the best playing on their home field.

Wednesday evening started things off with the Top Shelf tasting event – Pappy Van Winkle paired with offerings from some of Louisville’s top chefs. Thursday evening, a tour and tasting with Peerless distillery 

Friday, teams of master bartenders and acclaimed chefs competed for the title of perfect cocktail and small plate. Attendees had the opportunity to taste 20 different cocktails and small plates. Click here to learn more.

Saturday was education day with the Bourbon University with world famous master distillers talking about the craft and history of their vocation. Then Saturday night, the Bourbon Classic Taste.

If you missed it this year, make plans for next, because I can assure you that unless this beautiful brown water goes extinct before then, it will be bigger and better than ever

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Eric & Misty Perchau