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Distilled Living provides bourbon education & sensory training for

  • individuals,
  • restaurant and bar staff  
  • corporate and fundraising events
  • distilleries

Founded by Tim Knittel who is a Kentucky bourbon industry insider with over 10 years experience in bourbon education and event design.

Many of the other team members are certified Stave & Thief Society Executive Bourbon Stewards (often compared to a Bourbon Sommelier) which is the highest classification available for a professional bourbon educator.

Meet The Team

Whether it’s a virtual tasting or in-person event, our teams diverse skill set can help you accomplish your goals.


  • Private bourbon tastings and sensory education for parties and corporate events
  • Custom ticketed bourbon events and bourbon dinners
  • Bourbon menu design and craft bourbon cocktail menus
  • Hospitality staff trainings
  • Brand representation for small/emerging distilleries including events, expos, conventions, tasting tables and market strategy
  • Tour and tasting program design assistance
  • and more!
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Tim Knittel

Founder of Distilled Living
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Hilary Baumann

Partner & Production w/ Distilled Living & Founder of FascinationDesign.com
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Aften Locken

Presenter, Sales
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Ed Comfort

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Shell Rapier

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Nick Laracuente

Bourbon Archeologist (currently unavailable for booking)
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Tom Wilmes

Presenter, Writer
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Steve Coomes

Presenter, Author
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Alex Morgan

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Josh England

Production Manager w/ FascinationDesign.com
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Abbey Lile-Taylor

Sales & Event Facilitator with Distilled Living & Production Specialist w/ FascinationDesign.com
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Chandler Whitaker

Sales & Event Facilitator

Qwenton Briggs

Virtual event moderator

Andrew French


DJ Martinez

Virtual event moderator
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Jordan Ryan