It’s winter, and it’s gotten brutal… record-setting snowstorms and record cold. To distract me from the misery that Mother Nature has bestowed upon us, I signed up to attend the Bourbon Classic kickoff event, called the Bourbon Classic Taste. There was going to be bourbon tastings and great food provided by Chef Ed Lee and Lady Fingers Catering.
The event was held on Tuesday, February 17 2015, in the newly opened Copper and Kings American Brandy Distillery. It’s located in Butchertown, just east of downtown Louisville, with a great view of the city’s lights. Julian Van Winkle, the President of Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery, was on hand to share with us his very exclusive, and very elusive, bourbons. All attendees got one ticket for each of the following: 12- year Van Winkle Special Reserve, 15-year Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve, and 20-year Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve. Of those, the 15-year old Van Winkle Family Reserve was my favorite. I tend to prefer higher proof bourbons, and this 107 proof was no exception – beating out the other two 90 proof drinks.
But let’s not forget, there were other bourbons and spirits on hand. Besides Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, E.H. Taylor, W.L. Weller, Four Roses Small Batch, Four Roses Single Barrel, and Michter’s Bourbons, there was 1000 Stories (Bourbon-barrel aged) Zinfandel, and brandies from Copper & Kings. My favorite drink of the night was the Michter’s Straight Rye. My whiskey of choice is Rye, so that was no surprise. But, the 1000 Stories wine pleasantly surprised me; it was very drinkable, and I can see buying a few bottles for when guests come to visit.
While I did not partake in the sliders that Chef Lee prepared from whole hog, the food provided by Lady Finger Catering was delicious. I’ve been to other events they’ve catered as well, and have always been impressed with their food and service. The party was a lot of fun, no doubt inspired by lots of free-flowing spirits. I hope the Bourbon Classic Taste becomes an annual event. It’s one that I would love to attend again.