Train Ride with Town Branch at the Kentucky Bourbon Affair

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Jaunt to the Bluegrass region of Kentucky where the story of Kentucky Bourbon began. Town Branch Distillery guests will embark on a four-course dinner and spirits pairing on the R.J. Corman Lexington Dinner Train, winding along the Town Branch waterway for which Town Branch® Bourbon was named, as well as picturesque horse farms in the Horse Capital of the World. Guests will also enjoy a behind-the- scenes tour of the innovative “brewstillery” that produces the award-winning Town Branch® Bourbon and beloved Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale® that has been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine. Participants will be able to fill their own Bourbon bottles as a keepsake, as well as fill a bourbon barrel.

 

$150 Thursday
$150 Friday
$150 Saturday

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Train Ride through the Bluegrass with Town Branch
June 4, 5, & 6 (10 am – 3pm)
Town Branch Distillery
401 Cross Street, Lexington, Ky

Transportation provided from the Marriott Louisville East – click here for info and special rates. Full article here


KNOB CREEK NAMED “BEST BOURBON” AS BEAM SUNTORY WINS 113 AWARDS IN PRESTIGIOUS BLIND-TASTING COMPETITIONS

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KNOB CREEK NAMED “BEST BOURBON” AS BEAM SUNTORY WINS 113 AWARDS IN PRESTIGIOUS BLIND-TASTING COMPETITIONS

Deerfield, Illinois, April 7, 2015 – Beam Suntory, the world’s third largest premium spirits company, earned prestigious accolades spanning all major spirits categories in three internationally-renowned spirits competitions, including the title of “Best Bourbon” for its Knob Creek® Bourbon brand.  Jim Beam® Single Barrel, Jim Beam® Distiller’s Masterpiece, Yamazaki® Japanese Whisky, Hakushu® Japanese Whisky, Laphroaig® Scotch Whisky, Bowmore® Scotch Whisky and El Tesoro® Tequila were among brands that also captured top recognition in the blind tasting competitions.

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

The San Francisco World Spirits Competition awarded Beam Suntory 55 total medals, including the “Director’s Award of Excellence” for the company’s “excellent portfolio of spirits” (the first time the company has received this honor).  Knob Creek® Bourbon earned a Double Gold medal and out-rated 95 other bourbons to be named “Best Bourbon.”  Yamazaki® 18 Years Old Japanese Whisky also earned a Double Gold medal and the title of “Best” product in its category, while El Tesoro® Anejo Tequila earned a Double Gold medal and the distinguished title of “Best Anejo Tequila.”  In all, the company’s excellence in whiskey was recognized with 11 Double Gold medals and 13 Gold medals for brands including Jim Beam® Bourbon, Hakushu® Japanese Whisky, Auchentoshan® Scotch Whisky, Bowmore® Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Laphroaig® Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky.  Beam Suntory Vodka, Cognac and Irish Whiskey brands also earned medals in this competition.

“We are very proud that the quality of our premium portfolio has been recognized with the Director’s Award of Excellence in just our first full year as Beam Suntory,” said Matt Shattock, Chairman & CEO of Beam Suntory. “It’s also particularly gratifying that Knob Creek, our flagship super-premium bourbon brand, has earned the distinction of Best Bourbon.  Booker Noe created the Small Batch Collection two decades ago, and this is a very proud moment for his son, Fred Noe, who carries on the Knob Creek legacy today.  I’m equally pleased that Yamazaki and El Tesoro rose to the top of their categories. All of these honors are a tribute to the people of Beam Suntory, who craft the spirits brands that stir the world, from our distilleries in the U.S. to Japan, from Mexico to Scotland, from Ireland to France, from Canada to Spain, and everywhere in between.”

Ultimate Spirits Challenge and International Review of Spirits

Beam Suntory’s whiskey and tequila brands were also honored by the Ultimate Spirits Challenge and the Beverage Tasting Institute’s “International Review of Spirits” competition.  Judges in the Ultimate Spirits Challenge awarded El Tesoro® Platinum Tequila the “Chairman’s Trophy” (Best in Show), scoring the spirit a 95 and an “Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation.”  Among 40 additional trophies, 12 Beam Suntory brands earned Ultimate Recommendations, including Knob Creek® Bourbon and Jim Beam® Single Barrel Bourbon.  Separately, the Beverage Tasting Institute awarded Beam Suntory 17 total medals in its “International Review of Spirits” competition, including the most Gold Medals for bourbon in the industry and a Platinum Medal (highest rated) for Jim Beam® Distiller’s Masterpiece.

Top Beam Suntory Results from the San Francisco Wine & Spirits Competition:

Double Gold Winners Include: Alberta Rye® Dark Batch™ Whisky, Auchentoshan® 12 Years Old Scotch Whisky, Bowmore® 18 Years Old Scotch Whisky, Bowmore® Small Batch Scotch Whisky, Canadian Club® Chairman’s Select™ Rye Whisky, El Tesoro® Añejo Tequila, El Tesoro® Platinum Tequila, Hakushu® 18 Years Old Japanese Whisky, Knob Creek® Bourbon, Yamazaki® 18 Years Old Japanese Whisky, Yamazaki® 25 Years Old Japanese Whisky

Gold Winners Include: Bowmore® 10 Years Old Scotch Whisky, Bowmore® Darkest 15 Years Old Scotch Whisky, Courvoisier® VS Cognac, Jim Beam® Devil’s Cut™, Jim Beam® Black Bourbon, Jim Beam® Distiller’s Masterpiece Bourbon, Jim Beam® Harvest Bourbon Collection™ Brown Rice Bourbon, Jim Beam® Harvest Bourbon Collection™ High Rye Bourbon, Jim Beam® Signature Craft Quarter Cask Bourbon, Knob Creek® Single Barrel Bourbon, Laphroaig® Triple Wood Scotch Whiskey, Laphroaig® 25 Years Old Scotch Whisky

Top Beam Suntory Results from the Ultimate Spirits Challenge: 

Bowmore® Darkest 15 Years Old Scotch Whisky – FINALIST; 97; Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

Connemara® Irish Whiskey – FINALIST; 96; Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

Bowmore® 18 Years Old Scotch Whisky – FINALIST; 96; Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

Bowmore® 25 Years Old Scotch Whisky – FINALIST; 96; Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

El Tesoro® Platinum Tequila – CHAIRMAN’S TROPHY (best in show); 95; Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

Auchentoshan® Three Wood® – 95; Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

Laphroaig® 25 Years Old Scotch Whisky – 95; Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

Knob Creek® Bourbon – FINALIST; 95; Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

Jim Beam® Single Barrel Bourbon – FINALIST; 95; Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

Jim Beam® Harvest Bourbon Collection™ Soft Red Wheat Bourbon – FINALIST; 95; Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

Laphroaig® 10 Years Old Scotch Whisky – 95; Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

Laphroaig® Quarter Cask Scotch Whisky – 95; Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation

Kilbeggan® 18 Years Old Irish Whiskey – 94; FINALIST; Excellent, Highly Recommended

Maker’s Mark® Bourbon – 94; Excellent, Highly recommended

Maker’s Mark® Cask Strength Bourbon – 94; Excellent, Highly Recommended

Laphroaig® Select Scotch Whisky – 94; Excellent, Highly Recommended

Jim Beam® Distiller’s Masterpiece Bourbon – 94; Excellent, Highly Recommended

El Tesoro® Reposado Tequila – FINALIST; 93; Excellent, Highly Recommended

Knob Creek® Single Barrel Bourbon – 93; Excellent, Highly Recommended

Jim Beam® Bonded Bourbon – 93; Excellent, Highly Recommended

Jim Beam® Devil’s Cut™ Bourbon – 93; Excellent, Highly Recommended

Jim Beam® Harvest Bourbon Collection™ Brown Rice Bourbon – 93; Excellent, Highly Recommended

Jim Beam® Harvest Bourbon Collection™ High Rye Bourbon – 93; Excellent, Highly Recommended

Kilbeggan® Irish Whiskey – 93; Excellent, Highly Recommended

Tyrconnell® Irish Whiskey – 93; Excellent, Highly Recommended

Laphroaig® Triple Wood Scotch Whisky – 93; Excellent, Highly Recommended

Bowmore® 12 Years Old Scotch Whisky – 93; Excellent, Highly Recommended

Glen Garioch® 12 Years Old Scotch Whisky – 93; Excellent, Highly Recommended

Knob Creek® Rye Whiskey – 92; Excellent, Highly Recommended

Jim Beam® Rye Whiskey – 92; Excellent, Highly Recommended

Jim Beam® Harvest Bourbon Collection™ Rolled Oat Bourbon – 92; Excellent, Highly Recommended

Auchentoshan® American Oak™ Scotch Whisky – 92; Excellent, Highly Recommended

Ao™ Vodka – 91; Excellent, Highly Recommended

Auchentoshan®12 Years Old Scotch Whisky – 91; Excellent, Highly Recommended

Bowmore® Dorus Mor II 10 Years Old Scotch Whiskey – 91; Excellent, Highly Recommended

Glen Garioch® Founder’s Reserve Scotch Whisky – 90; Excellent, Highly Recommended

Bowmore® Small Batch Scotch Whiskey – 90; Excellent, Highly Recommended

For more information on Beam Suntory brands, please visit http://www.beamsuntory.com.


Woodford Reserve® Teams Up with Fashion & Mixology’s Most Notable Names to Create $1,000 Kentucky Derby® Mint Julep Cup

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A modern twist on the classic cocktail honors the program’s 10th anniversary and benefits Wounded Warrior Equestrian Program

April 13, 2015, Louisville, KY—Woodford Reserve today unveils the 2015 edition of its beloved $1,000 Mint Julep Cup available at the Kentucky Derby and benefiting the Wounded Warrior Equestrian Program. Now in its 10th year, the 2015 iteration was designed in partnership with fashion designer Billy Reid and mixologist Pamela Wiznitzer, resulting in a Mint Julep that’s distinctly modern.

The signature Mint Julep cups were designed by Billy Reid and handcrafted at Louisville-based jeweler From the Vault. The cups pay tribute to Derbies past, while at the same time looking to the future of this iconic event.

“I was inspired by a book I had found many years ago while researching the Kentucky Derby,” said Billy Reid. “The Derby is an event steeped in heritage and tradition, and I’m honored to have been invited to design something as iconic as the $1,000 Mint Julep Cup for a brand as unparalleled as Woodford Reserve.”

In addition to the cups themselves, Reid also developed an exclusive, limited edition fabric that will accompany each cup, as well as be featured in a capsule collection. The wearables include a limited quantity of bowties and neckties available for purchase at all Billy Reid® locations, online at http://www.billyreid.com, and at the Woodford Reserve Distillery.

Partnering with acclaimed mixologist Pamela Wiznitzer, this year’s julep represents a new take on the heritage cocktail that is the classic Mint Julep. Using the finest ingredients, the recipe honors the history behind the cocktail while also appealing to contemporary julep drinkers.

Woodford Reserve® 2015 Kentucky Derby® Mint Julep

  • 2 oz Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
  • .75 oz Coconut Palm Sugar Syrup
  • 6-8 Chocolate Mint Sprigs
  • Candied Orange and Lemon Slices for garnish
  • Powdered Sugar

Combine ingredients and shake with the mint. In the Julep glass, place 3 sprigs of the mint at the bottom and top with crushed ice. Strain over crushed ice into a julep glass, insert metal spoon straw. Top it with a mint sprig and candied orange/lemon slice and powdered sugar.

“As a bourbon, one of the things that makes Woodford Reserve so special is our approach to whiskey production and flavor, and this year’s $1,000 Mint Julep recipe is no exception” says Master Distiller Chris Morris “For us, this program represents a huge part of who we are as a brand. We’re proud that this program has given way to more than $410,000 in charitable donations to equine and humanitarian related causes, and are excited to see what the next 10 years hold.”

Each year, Woodford Reserve has selected a charitable organization to receive the proceeds from the $1,000 Mint Julep Cup sales. To honor the tenth year of the program, the public was asked to help determine which of two pre-selected organizations would receive the donated net proceeds by voting on the official $1,000 Mint Julep Cup website. Nearly 3,000 votes were recorded during the voting period of March 16-30 with the Wounded Warrior Equestrian Program receiving the majority of votes. Woodford Reserve will contribute a nominal donation to the additional participating organization, the Permanently Disabled Jockeys’ Fund.

“The Wounded Warrior Equestrian Program is truly appreciative to be receiving the funds raised from the Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep Cup program,” said Bridget Kroger, the organization’s founder and president. “It was an honor to have even been invited to participate in this year’s charity voting program and we are grateful to be able to continue helping veterans and rescued horses alike.”

How to Purchase a Cup
Beginning April 13, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. E.T., consumers ages 21 years and older can log on to http://www.woodfordreservemintjulep.com to purchase one of the Victory Cups or Winner’s Circle Cups. Each cup is presented in an oak box designed by Nashville woodworker Christian Fecht, and lined with a custom silk fabric designed by the Alabama-based lifestyle brand Billy Reid®. Online sale closes on April 30, 2015, at 12:00 p.m. E.T.

Any unsold cups will be available for purchase at Churchill Downs® on Kentucky Derby Day. Purchase of cup does not include admission to Churchill Downs. Purchased cups must be claimed by buyer or his or her proxy at Churchill Downs on Derby Day. For complete terms and conditions, please visit http://www.woodfordreservemintjulep.com.

Victory Cups
90 Victory Cups are available for purchase online for $1,000 on a first come, first buy basis from April 13-April 30. These individually numbered cups feature hand-engraved roses and a gold-plated crest dating back to the early days of horse racing, along with the 2015 Kentucky Derby date and Woodford Reserve logo and is accompanied by a gold-plated sipping straw.

Winner’s Circle Cups
In addition to the 90 $1,000 Victory Cups, there are 10 gold-plated Winner’s Circle Cups available for purchase online for $2,500 on a first come, first buy basis. These individually numbered cups feature hand-engraved roses and a sterling silver-plated crest dating back to the early days of horse racing, along with the 2015 Kentucky Derby date and Woodford Reserve logo and is accompanied by a silver sipping straw.
About Woodford Reserve
Woodford Reserve, the “Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby,” is crafted at the historic Woodford Reserve distillery in Versailles, Kentucky – the heart of thoroughbred country. Woodford Reserve is a product of the Brown-Forman Corporation, a producer and marketer of fine quality beverage alcohol brands such as Jack Daniel’s, Southern Comfort, Finlandia, Korbel, Tequila Herradura, Sonoma-Cutrer, Chambord, and Tuaca. Please enjoy your bourbon responsibly. For more information on Woodford Reserve, visit http://www.woodfordreserve.com or visit Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/woodfordreserve.

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 45.2% Alc. by Vol., produced and bottled by the Woodford Reserve Distillery, Versailles, KY ©2015

About Wounded Warrior Equestrian Program
The WWEP raises awareness to the healing powers of horses by supporting equine therapeutic programs and horse rescues around the United States. The WWEP is working to “Give Veterans and Horses A New Lease On Life…one hoof, one boot at a time.” For more information, please visit: http://www.hoofsandboots.org.
About Churchill Downs®
Churchill Downs, the world’s most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, continuously since 1875. Located in Louisville, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) also operates Trackside at Churchill Downs, which offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track. Churchill Downs will conduct the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on May 2, 2015 and its 2015 Spring Meet is scheduled for April 25-June 27. The track has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships a record eight times. Information about Churchill Downs can be found on the Internet at http://www.ChurchillDowns.com.Churchill Downs®, Kentucky Derby® and the Twin Spires design are registered trademarks of Churchill Downs Incorporated.
About Billy Reid®
Billy Reid is an American luxury fashion company with a deep appreciation for quality construction and craftsmanship and an enthusiasm for U.S. production. In addition to seasonal collections for men and women, the company offers a full range of accessories, shoes and denim, as well as two specialized menswear divisions: MSL and Heirloom, which feature American-made sportswear and tailored clothing. Billy Reid is sold in eleven namesake stores, including a flagship in Florence, Alabama, and two locations in New York City. Full article here.



Featured Bar: No. 308, Nashville, TN

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Featured Bar: No. 308 in Nashville, TN is an absolute must visit spot in the music city. This small bar serves up some excellent cocktails using house made syrups that are sure to impress. They have numerous options for you to enjoy from cocktails, whiskey, beer, and spirits. There food menu is just as solid and filled with good offerings. You can find some more information here.


Proof Maple Bacon Old Fashioned Syrup

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Drink: Proof Maple Bacon Old Fashioned Cocktail Syrup is made by combining hickory smoked organic cane sugar with a unique blend oleo saccharums which is then mixed in the smokiest bacon and rich, authentic maple syrup. The resulting syrup is great for crafting excellent cocktails at home and specifically ones that will impress your guest. Proof is crafted in Decatur, Georgia, and hits home for us because Bourbon & Oak got started in Decatur, Georgia.


The Woodford Reserve Special Edition at the Kentucky Bourbon Affair

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Experience every step of Bourbon making at the Woodford Reserve Distillery, a National Historic Landmark in Versailles, Ky with Master Distiller Chris Morris.
 Affair guests will make mash, sample new spirit, char barrels and sit for a guided session with Chris Morris personally crafting a unique small batch. Guests will keep an exclusive “Bourbon Affair 2015” liter bottle of small batch – hand-selected by Chris – as a keepsake, with the opportunity to purchase up to two more bottles in the distillery gift shop.
 
Enjoy a gourmet Bourbon lunch and taste Bourbon from the very first barrel of Woodford Reserve.

$150 Thursday
$150 Friday SOLD OUT

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The Woodford Reserve Special Edition
June 4 & 5 (10am – 3pm)
Woodford Reserve Distillery
7855 McCracken Pike, Versailles, Ky

Transportation provided from the Marriott Louisville East – click here for info and special rates. Full article here


The Wild Turkey Experience at the Kentucky Bourbon Affair

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Join the Masters, Eddie and Jimmy, as they guide you through the Wild Turkey Distillery located in Lawrenceburg, KY. Explore the rich history and age old process of making the finest Bourbon in the world along with hands on activities to give you even more insight into what it takes to produce this rich and unique liquid gold. Your day at Wild Turkey will also feature a tasting of our proud portfolio including Rare Breed and Russell’s Reserve 10 year old.

Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes – remember we plan to put you to work and experience what it’s like to select our famed Bourbon barrels. Don’t worry about packing a brown bag, we have planned some of our favorite dishes to be served overlooking our famous Kentucky River and beautiful Bluegrass countryside.

We can’t wait to see you at the Wild Turkey Distillery.

$135 Thursday
$135 Friday
$135 Saturday

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The Wild Turkey Experience
June 4, 5, & 6 (10am – 3pm)
Wild Turkey Distillery
1417 Versailles Rd, Lawrenceburg, Ky

Transportation provided from the Marriott Louisville East – click here for info and special rates. Full article here



A Day’s Work at Maker’s Mark at the Kentucky Bourbon Affair

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Get ready to roll up your sleeves and get your hands involved in the truly handmade process of producing Maker’s Mark!

Exclusively available as part of the Kentucky Bourbon Affair, you’ll report to work at our picturesque National Historic Landmark Distillery in Loretto and receive a uniform polo shirt upon arrival.

What to expect from a day’s work at Maker’s Mark:

  • A warm welcome by Bill & Rob Samuels, two generations of one of the oldest bourbon distilling families in the U.S. They’ll shed light on the founder’s vision for Maker’s Mark, along with some lesser-known anecdotes about the family’s historic ties to the likes of Lem Motlow (Jack Daniels), Col. Sanders, Abraham Lincoln, and the infamous James gang
  • An introduction to the Maker’s Mark miller and a first-hand education around our mash bill, slow-cooking process, and methods we use to propagate our 6 generation old yeast strain
  • Face time with Master Distiller, Greg Davis, who will focus on the art of distillation (he just might require the group’s help in dropping the grains, hopping our yeast, or even draining a fermenter for distillation)
  • The chance to put your palate to the test as you join the Maker’s Mark Taste Panel, a rare glimpse into the behind the scenes process of aging to taste
  • The opportunity to show your stuff (we hope you can keep up!) by working the Maker’s Mark bottling line. Here, you’ll get to dip your very own commemorative Kentucky Bourbon Affair bottle

Now, we know that crafting our handmade bourbon is hard work, so your lunch break will be a relaxing experience overlooking our spring-fed lake with Chef Newman Miller of Harrison-Smith House in Bardstown. The menu will draw heavily from locally-raised meats, fresh seasonal vegetables, and of course, have a hefty influence from your favorite red head. So don’t delay, get your ticket to put in a day’s work at Maker’s Mark today!

$150 Thursday
$150 Friday
$150 Saturday

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A Day’s Work at Maker’s Mark
June 4, 5, & 6 (10am – 3pm)
Maker’s Mark Distillery
3350 Burks Spring Rd, Loretto, Ky

Transportation provided from the Marriott Louisville East – click here for info and special rates. Full article here

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