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History of Bourbon I • FEBRUARY 13 • KY Bourbon School (was Bourbon University) @ The Kentucky Castle

February 13, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


History of Bourbon I: Origins through the Third Dark Age (1780s to 1980s)
– Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 6pm and Sunday, Feb. 24 at 3pm

The boom-and-bust cycle of America’s history is reflected in our relationship with our Native Spirit, Bourbon.

What started as a sharp, clear, rye grain-based liquor sold in jugs right off the still gradually transformed into a corn-based, richly flavorful, intentionally barrel-aged amber whiskey. Along the way, the Bourbon industry influenced trademark law, inspired food safety regulations, caused an international kerfuffle, fought Prohibition, got co-opted by the war effort, formed a monopoly and nearly disappeared from America no less than three times.

In this class, we’ll trace the evolution of American whiskey from the early days in colonial New England through the “extra-aged” bourbons of the 1960s to 1980s. We’ll sample 5 bourbons (plus 1 near-bourbon) to trace the flavor evolution of bourbon along that timeline, and we’ll discuss how important Bourbon was (and still is) to shaping both the culture and the government of the United States.

Bourbon pours will include representations of:
• Corn whiskey
• Very young whiskey/Early intentional aging
• Bottling
• Bottled-in-Bond
• 1950s Divergent
• “Over-Aged” Bourbon

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. No need to attend them all – mix and match as you like!

We also have a special Valentine’s bourbon dinner that evening starting at 7:30pm

History of Bourbon I $35 per person, class includes mini cocktail, guided Bourbon flight and light food.

Valentine’s Bourbon Dinner is $85 per person
more info and if you want to only attend the dinner: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/valentines-bourbon-dinner-the-kentucky-castle-tickets-55011946212

Or both Valentine’s Bourbon Dinner & History of Bourbon I for $100 per person


February 13, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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The Kentucky Castle
230 Pisgah Pike
Versailles, 40383 United States
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