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March 18 • History of Bourbon II • Bourbon University @ The Kentucky Castle

March 18, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


This class is the third in our year-long “Bourbon University” with a new theme offered each month. No need to attend them all – mix and match as you like!

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. 

History of Bourbon II runs through March
[March 7th, 14th, 18th, 21st]
Wednesdays 6-7:30pm • 3rd Sunday 3-4:30pm

History of Bourbon II: The Modern Era

From the dark days of the 1970s and 80s, bourbon has risen to unprecedented heights today.

A few stats:

  • More than 1,000,000 tourist stops at Kentucky bourbon distilleries the last two years,
  • Since the turn of the century Kentucky Bourbon production has skyrocketed more than 315 percent to 1,886,821 barrels in 2016, and
  • More than $1.1 billion in capital projects has been completed or is planned and underway in the past five years and the next five years, including new distilleries and aging warehouses to bottling facilities and tourism centers.

(Statistics courtesy the Kentucky Distillers’ Association)

With over 30 active and planned distilleries in Kentucky, the question is: how did bourbon get so big?

In this class, we’ll look at the premiumization of bourbon; the introduction of single barrel bottlings, small batch offerings and limited releases; bourbon tourism; plus craft and experimental products and ‘near bourbons.’ We’ll trace a line from Elmer T. Lee and Booker Noe through new concepts like second maturation and unusual grains to the plethora of options available to consumers today.

Why is bourbon back? Come taste and learn!

Announcing the bourbons for this March event! Tim & seven sample pours will lead you through various points in bourbon history:
• Booker’s
• Woodford Reserve
• Maker’s 46
• RockCastle by Barrel House Distilling Co.
• Hartfield & Co. bourbon
• Rabbit Hole bourbon
• Garrison Brothers “Flagship 2015 Vintage” bourbon

$35 per person, class includes guided bourbon flight and light food. Dinner reservations at Castle Farm Restaurant available for after the class.

Tickets can be purchased online each month or by calling The Kentucky Castle @ 859-256-0322

For details on what’s coming up the rest of the year, check out our press release below:

Press Release – New Bourbon Series @ The Kentucky Castle Announced


March 18, 2018
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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The Kentucky Castle
230 Pisgah Pike
Versailles, 40383 United States
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