Raise Your Glass To National Bourbon Day With These Festive Selections
We take National Bourbon Day seriously, considering how much American whiskey the world consumes in a normal week. The American-born spirit that is celebrated on June 14, is fascinating as it has a large range of flavor profiles, pairs well with meat dishes, and is a fantastic aperitif. It is almost impossible to select a favorite bourbon, so we have instead decided to share our top picks on how to celebrate imbibing rich and robust bourbons. From awakening your senses along a Bourbon Tour experience, to sampling limited edition bottles, here’s how to honor the sweetened amber spirit’s holiday.
What To Do
Sip, stroll and savor your way across the Bluegrass on a distillery adventure. Highlights include exploring Louisville, Lexington, and Bardstown. While in Louisville, head to Michter’s Fort Nelson Distillery to view the pot stills from the original Mitchter’s Pennsylvania Distillery which traces its history back to 1753. Stay at the Omni Hotel & Resort, which is steps away from Michter’s and has the stylish speakeasy, Pin + Proof that transports guests back to the era when alcohol and jazz flowed freely during Prohibition.
In Lexington, visit Woodford Reserve Distillery, Kentucky Derby’s official spirit. Be sure to make a reservation for an extended National Landmark Tour, or the Corn to Cork Tour and have lunch at Glenn’s Creek Café. Stay at the 21 C Museum Hotel, nestled in the heart of Lexington. This boutique hotel also serves as an art museum and cultural center as it is located within the city’s arts and theater district along “Museum Row”.
Photos: Kentucky Department of Tourism
Or stop in Bardstown, to Heaven Hill’s Bourbon Heritage Center. It is home to some of the best bourbon in the world. Sample expressions including Henry McKenna, Bernheim and Larceny. Stay at the Talbott Tavern Bed and Breakfast. It features rooms, each appointed after someone famous like the Jesse James room or the honorable Lincoln Suite, who visited the inn and the world’s oldest bourbon bar.
What To Sip
Ranked “Best Spirit in the World” by Spirit Journal in 2013, Angel’s Envy Cask Strength Bourbon involves notes of banana and honey, and light burnt wood with a finish of dark chocolate, heavy toasted oak, and fresh figs. Best when enjoyed neat, or with a splash of water.
This is the second bacth in the Booker’s Bourbon 2019 Collection. It offers a sweet nose with a warm chestnut color and rich vanilla notes with a medium-bodied, pleasant taste.
Crafted with a blend of the finest quality rye to create an extraordinarily smooth, yet spicy whiskey that delivers a consistent pour. It involves notes of herbs and rye with nuances of oak leaving a warm and smooth finish.
A new batch of their 12 year -old expression was newly released that was aged in new American White Oak barrels. Each barrel was hand-chosen, and was crafted in extremely small batches using only 3 barrels at a time. Notes involve caramel and molasses and dried fruits that give way to a smoky, woody impression, and a long finish with flavors of brown sugar, orange peel and a hint of clove.