Hey hey, my bourbon babies. I promised I would be back this week for the final installments (boo!) of my Kentucky Bourbon Affair recap. I can’t believe it’s been a few weeks since I’ve been back from my trip (previous recaps are at the bottom). But after all was said and done, I still say I can’t wait for next year! No one is sick of bourbon over here!
On my last day, I woke up early to head downtown to Evan Williams Bourbon Experience (part of Heaven Hill brands) for the Heaven Hill Build-a-Barrel tour.
If you thought some of these tours were educational, Heaven Hill really got it right in this area. By the end of the day, we learned about the contribution of each type of grain, what barrel types and char levels mean, and how warehouse locations come into play. We also learned about proof, chill filtering and all the very detailed (and important) decisions that go into building every single barrel placed in a rick house.
Once we were filled to the brim with education, the entire group sat in the (hidden) speakeasy downstairs for lunch, while we took our turns voting on how we’d build our very own barrel. From the mash bill, to the barrel entry proof, to the char level and even the rick house (and floor!), we all agreed upon this very makeup you see below.
After a few years, we’ll begin to have the opportunity to taste our barrel (yay for when I visit my parents!). Whenever it’s ready to bottle (you never know with bourbon after it’s been aging for 4ish years), we’ll have the opportunity to purchase a few. I can’t wait! Good thing I don’t mind waiting.
^^Evan Williams did good for Pride Week in Louisville! Also, that was my parting gift – a mini barrel + white dog. This bad boy will be going in my parent’s attic to age!
Tomorrow I’m taking a little break, but Friday I’ll be back to recap the final event of the Affair – Whiskey Live!