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UPCOMING EVENTS: (click the links for full info & tickets)
Kentucky Black Bourbon Guild 
Class: Bourbon Palate Training
Sat • June 1st  • 10am-12pm
@ 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.
3rd Annual Commonwealth Bash
Sat • June 1st  • 7pm-11pm
@ K-Club - UK Varsity Letter Association
1398 Sports Center Dr, Lexington, Kentucky 40502

Join us for a wonderful evening in support of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass as we celebrate the Commonwealth of Kentucky's 227th birthday. 100% of proceeds to Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass!!!
KY Bourbon Affair • A Day in Bourbon County
Sat • June 7th  • 12pm-8pm
@ Hartfield & Co. • 320 Pleasant Street, Paris, Kentucky 40361

Direct link to tickets for this event (easier to get to than the link off the facebook event):
The evening is capped by a Bourbon County inspired 5-course meal paired with Bourbons produced by some of the state's best craft distilleries. More event info:
Divine Affair 2019
An evening to benefit Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Lexington.
Friday • June 21st  • 7pm-11pm
@ The Mane on Main • 201 E Main St, Suite 1500, Lexington, Kentucky 40507
Join us for bourbon / black jack and fabulous food.  Silent and Live Auctions, too!!
June 5 is National Moonshine Day!
This drink is both light & refreshing fruit flavor and a soft buttered popcorn (think buttered popcorn jelly bean) note that made the drink far more rich and complex than your average moonshine cocktail.

  • 2.5 oz Devil John Moonshine
  • 1.25 oz strawberry-rhubarb syrup*
  • Shake over hard ice
  • Strain into a cup over ice & add a straw and serve
* We used the Strawberry Rhubarb syrup recipe from Country Living:

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

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

June 12th & 23rd • Bourbon Sensory Analysis I

A quality Bourbon can contain over 200 flavors divided into five primary categories:
• Grains
• Tree (wood and nut)
• Sweet
• Spice
• Botanical (primarily fruit and floral)

Like fine wine, it takes palate education and practice to learn to detect the subtle and nuanced aromas and flavors of a complex Bourbon.

We’ll explore the basics of Bourbon sensory analysis by looking at the fundamentals of sensory analysis in general and the application of sensory analysis to Bourbon specifically.

The Kentucky Castle's Bourbon-Steward-In-Residence (& Bourbon industry insider) Tim Knittel will guide you through:
• The five types of flavor receptors: sweet, sour, salty, bitter and savory/umami
• The myth of the ‘five regions’ of the tongue
• Mouthfeel: astringency, hotness, coldness and fattiness
• Aromatic “taste” and taste bud vs olfactory sensation
• Resetting (baselining) sensory perception
• Orthonasal vs retronasal breathing and the post-swallowing volatile congeners release
• Finish/after-taste
• Dilution and industry-standard A.B.V. evaluation levels
• Use of aromatic and culinary aids in Bourbon flavor identification
• Spirit “prototypes” and relative evaluation

The bourbon pour list for this class is a secret!

After training your palate, we’ll have a blind tasting! You'll try to determine grain bill, yeast strain type, maturation length and proof to determine category and match to prototype.

Tickets are available for:
Wednesday, June 12 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
or Sunday, June 23 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

This class is part of our year-long “Kentucky Bourbon School” (previously 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 flight and light food

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