Tim Knittel

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

He started out at Woodford Reserve in 2009 under the dual direction of James Beard Nominated Chef Ouita Michel & Master Distiller Chris Morris with the culinary program. In 2013 he transitioned to being the first Homeplace Host for Woodford Reserve responsible for VIP tours & tastings, and representing the brand and master distiller at the distillery.

In 2016 he decided to start Distilled Living and began presentations, tastings, distillery consulting, bar and restaurant consulting & publishing in both consumer & industry magazines.


He is 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.

He is also appointed the first:

  • Official Bourbon Steward of Churchill Downs
  • and Bourbon-Steward-In-Residence at The Kentucky Castle.

And he is an Adjunct Professor at Midway University.

Tim is passionate about crafting meaningful experiences and uses bourbon as a vehicle to sensory awareness.

For a more complete resume, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/timknittel/