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Are you looking for authentic Kentucky entertainment for your private box guests or corporate outing? Or planning a Derby party?

Learn about bourbon between races or as a unique whole group guided tasting before the first post. We want to help you have a Bourbon experience that you and your guests will remember for a lifetime! 🥃

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The PERFECT Mint Julep


Despite having just five ingredients – mint, sugar, water, spirit, and ice – the Mint Julep is one of the most misunderstood (and often mis-made) cocktails. The secret to a good one is in real ingredients and releasing the mint's flavor without completely destroying it.
  • 1.5 oz Kentucky Bourbon
  • ¾ oz simple syrup
  • KY Colonel mint or other mint
  • Crushed ice
  • Brush mint leaves in julep cup and discard.
  • Fill cup with ice, add ¾ oz simple syrup and 1.5 oz bourbon. 
  • Stir until cup frosts. 
  • Slap mint and insert. 
  • Add straw and serve.
UPCOMING EVENTS: (click the images for full info & tickets)
Kentucky Black Bourbon Guild 
Class: Bourbon Production I
Sat • April 6th  • 10am-2pm
@ Base 110, 110 West Vine Street, 3rd Floor, Lexington, KY 40507
Become a member • Tickets
Tim Knittel, Certified Stave and Thief Society Executive Bourbon Steward, will facilitate class instruction on Bourbon Basics: Bourbon 101. 
Whiskey Bear
The Perfect Mint Julep
Sat • April 20th • 3:30pm-5pm
The Summit • 119 Marion, Suite 170, Lexington, Kentucky 40517
$25 • Tickets:
Join us for a little history of the julep & we'll explore how those five items came together to make an iconic yet frequently mangled drink. We'll finish with a hands-on lesson in making the Perfect Mint Julep and share some exotic recipes sure to enliven any Kentucky party.

And we’ll send you home with your own Mint Julep cup and some fresh mint to practice your new skills.

April "KY Bourbon School"
(Previously Bourbon University)
@ The Kentucky Castle

230 Pisgah Pike, Versailles, KY • $35/ea

Dive deep into details you won’t typically learn on the distillery tours & come join us each month for a different bourbon experience only available at the Kentucky Castle. 

April 10th & 28th
Bourbon Production I: Traditional Production
& The 6 Sources of Flavor

Bourbon, by law, cannot contain additives for color or flavor. So all of the beautiful complexity of Bourbon - hundreds of potential flavor notes - comes from just six sources of flavor:

  1. Water
  2. Grains
  3. Fermentation
  4. Distillation
  5. Maturation
  6. Presentation

We’ll examine each source of flavor in isolation and taste our way through limestone water and traditional Bourbon grains, plus nose an active fermenting Bourbon mash. Then we’ll taste spirit pre- and post-barrel to detect the notes provided by the oak. Finally, we’ll compare Bourbons differentiated both by presentation (additional aging, batch vs single barrel) and also by differences across the six sources of flavor.

Pours may include:

  • Buffalo Trace White Dog Mash Bill #1
  • McAfee’s Benchmark Old No. 8
  • Buffalo Trace
  • Col. E. H. Taylor Jr. Single Barrel
  • Four Roses Single Barrel
  • Larceny

Pours subject to change based on availability.

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This class is part of our year-long “Bourbon University” led by Bourbon-Steward in Residence Tim Knittel of Distilled Living with a new theme offered each month. They will be the 2nd Wednesday and 4th Sunday all year. ➡ No need to attend them all - mix and match as you like!

$35 per person, class includes guided Bourbon flights/cocktails and light food. Dinner reservations at Castle Farm Restaurant available for after the class.

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