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A Day at the races is no day at the races without the Whisky Chicks and Brown Forman! The weather was perfect at Churchill Downs, which is one of the most famous horse tracks, stemming from the long tradition of the running of the Kentucky Derby. The atmosphere was great for betting and dabbling in a couple of spirits. Completed by a view from the Brown Forman Suite. The Brown Forman Corporation is one of the largest American spirits and wine companies. Their brands can be found in over 160 countries, which include Woodford Reserve, Old Forester and Jack Daniel’s.
In part 2 of the American Craft Distilling Tasting Series participants experienced six different whiskeys, which are listed below.
Bourbon made up of a mash of corn, rye and malted barley. Calumet Farm Bourbon is 86 proof with tastes of butterscotch, oak and little hints of brown sugar and white pepper (43% AVB).
A small batch distilled pecan American brandy that is 60 proof. With it sweet and nutty finish, this liqueur is a great after dinner drink (30% ABV).
If you are a chocolate lover? You will love the mix of chocolate and whiskey in the Ballotin Original Chocolate. This 60 proof rich chocolatey fudge whiskey with hints of vanilla and oak is great to drink straight or mixed in a cocktail. (30% ABV)
Another great Whisky Chicks event in the books. The American Crafting Distilling Tasting Series Part 1 hosted by the Whisky Chicks at Westport Whiskey & Wine was one to brag about. The Whisky Chicks provide settings for the whiskey lover to experience high quality bourbon whiskey with atmosphere and education.
If you haven’t heard of the Whisky Chicks by now then let me give you a little background. They are a group of ladies of all ages (21+), who embrace the unique tastes of a good bottle of bourbon. They pride themselves on being libation liberators; meaning they help women and even men appreciate and love a good whiskey cocktail. They do all this as well as provide a venue with each event that draws people in, in its self.
Westport Whiskey & Wine was the venue for this event. Their tasting room, which you can see in the pictures below, is spectacular. I am sure that any whiskey drinker would agree. The shop prides itself on having hard to fine whiskey, wine, beer and spirits. If you are in the Louisville area I would suggest you check it out.
This distillery tasting was my third event I attended with the Whisky Chicks and it just keeps getting better. Distilleries that were part of this craft tasting were:
Jeptha Creed with their Original Moonshine and Bloody Butcher’s Creed. Jeptha Creed is a new family owned distillery in Shelbyville, KY that offers bourbon, moonshine and vodka. Their moonshine is a four-grain barley mash with a hint of sweetness, cayenne pepper and almond. If you like that spicy sweet taste this one is for you. The Bloody Butcher’s Creed is 75% Bloody Butcher Corn / 10% Rye / 10% Wheat / 5% Malted Barley with a taste of rich tobacco pallets and baked spices that finish with warm maple syrup and peppermint.
Rabbit Hole showcased their Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and Rye Whiskey. The Rabbit Hole Distillery will be located on the 700 block of Jefferson and Market Street. Rabbit Hole’s four-grain Bourbon Whiskey consist of 70% Corn / 10% Malted Wheat /10% Honey Malted Barley/
10% Malted Barley, which makes it great for sipping. It has a taste of fruits and grains as well as vanilla, honey and almond. Their Rye Whiskey is 95% Rye and 5% Malted Barley with apricot and figs and finishes of spicy fennel.
Starlight bought tastings of their Bourbon Whiskey and their Carl T. Bourbon Whiskey. Starlight Distillery is located in Starlight Indiana with the Huber’s Family Farm and Winery. Their Carl T’s Bourbon Whiskey is comprised of 58% corn, 27% rye, and 15% malted barley and is 95 proof , compared to their Bourbon Whiskey which is cask strength, unfiltered and 115 proof.