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The Grand Reserve • Bourbon Tasting & Dinner • America’s Native Spirit Bourbon Tasting

May 17, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Hosted by professional bourbon educator and Bourbon Executive Steward Tim Knittel, owner of Distilled Living. Tim will lead a guided tasting and palate training that will teach you how to taste bourbon like a sensory expert.

May’s Tasting of Bourbons will focus on “America’s Native Spirit.” In 1964, Congress declared: “Bourbon whiskey is a distinctive product of the United States and is unlike other types of alcoholic beverages.”

Join us for a taste of 1950s and 60s style bourbons:

  • Wild Turkey 101
  • Maker’s Mark
  • Old Forester 100
  • Bulleit Barrel Strength

At 5:30 p.m., the evening will open with a specialty cocktail: Manhattan on the Rocks accompanied with an appetizer of Meatballs in a Bourbon sauce at The Speakeasy bar.

At 6 p.m, Tim will lead you through the bourbon tastings. At 6:45 pm, enjoy the gourmet dinner menu prepared by Bluegrass Catering:

  • Grilled Peach Salad with Bourbon and bacon dressing
  • Bourbon Glazed Steak and Cake: filet topped with deep fried crab cake drizzled with a bourbon glaze
  • Criss Cross Asparagus
  • Freshly Baked Rolls
  • Banana Crepe with bourbon butterscotch sauce
  • After dinner drinks available at the Cash Bar in The Speakeasy

More about Tim:

Tim Knittel is a former Kentucky bourbon industry insider with over 9 years experience in bourbon education and event design, including as culinary center general manager and VIP hospitality program manager for Woodford Reserve. He is also a certified Stave & Thief Society Executive Bourbon Steward (often compared to a Bourbon Sommelier) which is the highest classification available for a professional bourbon educator.

More about The Speakeasy:

The Speakeasy is one of 5 event venues at Venues of The Grand Reserve, along with The Barrel House, Distillery Square and Garden Branch.

Parking & Directions: Turn down ally by The Barrel House (Speakeasy sign is on building with an arrow). Parking is in the back parking lot.

Tickets are $65 per person.

Order online:

For more information, contact Jill at 859-231-7676


May 17, 2017
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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The Speakeasy @ the Venues of the Grand Reserve
903 Manchester St, Ste 110
Lexington, KY 40508 United States
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