Today’s Reason To Drink

Please ignore the pink polish. That’s what happens when you add wine to a straight girl with a purse full of nail polish. Thanks, Ann E.

I went to NuLu to check out the new Louisville Cream and grab lunch at Royals, and looky what I found at Taste Fine Wines & Bourbons. Yay!

It’s a good day.

Today’s Reason To Drink

Just a reminder that if you’d like a free sample of the new Four Roses 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Small Batch bourbon, they’re hosting a tasting event tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the Four Roses Loft above BBC at Third and Main.

And best of all, the man of the hour — Al Young — whom the bourbon is named after, will be there with bells on.

It’s free for the first 50 people, so don’t be late.

A chat with Al Young on 50 years in the bourbon business

Al is the man! | Courtesy of Four Roses

Here’s that feature story I was working on all last week about Al Young, brand ambassador of Four Roses who has worked for half a century in the bourbon business. There was a lot to cover, but the main focus was on the new 2017 Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Small Batch Bourbon.

I’ve written it here already, because I was able to snag an early sample. It’s amazing and should be tried by everyone who loves whiskey. It’s sweet, beautiful, deep, warm but not hot and melts like butter.

I’m currently searching for a bottle to add to my bar, so if you happen to see some, please let me know ASAP. They’re hard to find.

But lucky for you, you’re reading this blog. And I’ve got the scoop on a pop-up tasting event for Al’s new bourbon. You can find out the details here, but a little birdie told me exactly where it’ll be held, because they aren’t releasing the details until Monday.

Figure out the riddle below. And I’ll see you Monday, June 19, at 5:30 p.m.

You’ll find us downtown near Third.
In a loft above a business known by a three-letter word.
It’s a place that mostly sells beer.

But Four Roses has always had a home here.

Al Young will be on hand to greet,
And with you he will share a treat.
You must act fast and don’t delay,
Or you’ll have to wait to try his bourbon another day.

Today’s Reason To Drink

Hearts (and lips) on Fire

I tried an amazing new cocktail last night when I took over the Forecastle Festival‘s Instagram in honor of National Bourbon Day. Not sure why they trusted me with their account, but they were buying the drinks, so I didn’t ask.

One of our stops was at Silver Dollar, the fun honky-tonk bar and restaurant on Frankfort Avenue. Apparently, they change their cocktail menu every season, and this is the tail end of their spring offerings.

So if you read this, go now! Because it won’t be there much longer, the cute, blonde bartender told me.

It’s called Hearts on Fire, and it’s made with Buffalo Trace, blood-orange-pineapple-jalapeño shrub, lime and soda. Holy hell, it was delicious. And the jalapeño stung my lips after each sip — in a good way.

I might have to find my way back there this weekend to try it again … and maybe again. The bartender also said they’d probably have that shrub around for a while, so I should ask her for it, even if it’s not on the menu. Would you consider that flirting?

Today’s Reason To Drink

Jimmy Russell with his wife Joretta — and a weird fan

Had a fun time Saturday at Whisky Live, also known as Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory for bourbon lovers. I tried whiskeys from around the world, including a Mexican whiskey made with black corn. I mostly did it for a free cowboy hat, but I did consume the entire sample.

My favorite taste of the night had to be the Four Roses Al Young 50th Anniversary bourbon — and I kept bothering Al for samples all night long. He didn’t seem to mind, though.

I also ran into Jimmy Russell of Wild Turkey, Pam Heilmann of Michter’s, Brent Elliott of Four Roses and many others. I mostly stayed with bourbon, and only tried one scotch, which I chose not to swallow.

For the moment, I’m taking a break from bourbon … until National Bourbon Day on Wednesday, that is.

Today’s Reason To Drink

Don’t ax me to do it again.

Last night I attended the first-ever Jeptha Games at the new Jeptha Creed Distillery in Shelbyville. The event was part of the annual Kentucky Bourbon Affair, which started this week and ends with the Whisky Live event on Saturday.

The games included archery, ax throwing and foot golf — which is part soccer, part golf. I did not win any, but I did score a bull’s-eye with an ax.

My favorite part of the night was tasting the new Bloody Butcher’s Creed, the distillery’s first bourbon offering.

It was sweet and had flavor notes uncommonly found in most bourbons, which might be attributed to the bloody butcher corn they use in their recipe. These flavors are definitely a good thing, and I can’t wait to try this bourbon as it ages.

If you’ve never been, Jeptha Creed is an easy drive on 64 toward Lexington. And it’s really only the next exit past the outlet malls — so it’s quick, easy and beautiful.

Today’s Reason To Drink

Wonder if I can do this to my tree.

It’s never a dull day when you’re in Bardstown, Ky. Visited the Old Barton Distillery yesterday, which makes 1792 bourbon, among others, to help celebrate the launch of their latest batch, 1792’s 225th Anniversary release, which commemorates the year Kentucky joined the United States.

If you’ve never been, it’s definitely worth a visit. And tours are free! One interesting tidbit is it’s the only distillery that still uses coal. Oh, and the bourbon is yummy.

If you can get your hands on the 225th Anniversary, you won’t be disappointed. Plus, it’s only $35.99 and looks good on your bar.