My husband and I went to the Bourbon Festival in KY three years ago and I have enjoyed bourbon ever since then. I am quite the novice about whiskey, but I enjoy learning about it. I have tried a few scotch varieties, but find that I really enjoy the Kentucky bourbons. My favorite (so far) is Evan Williams, but I drink a lot of Maker's Mark when I am out.
I would really like to know if anyone knows of any whiskey tastings in or around the Indiana/Midwest area. I would like to be schooled on the nuances of whiskey by someone who knows their stuff and try different samplings. I am not sure what the best way is to get educated on the different brands.
We have gone to the Black Tie Gala in Bardstown two times so far and I thoroughly enjoy tasting all of the bourbons and seeing their products. However, you have to buy the dress, the tux, etc, and I would rather have an opportunity to bypass all the fluff and really get into heart of the matter, so to speak.
Any advice for a newbie just starting to take a real interest in whiskey? Anyone been to a good tasting event in the Midwest?
Thanks in advance!!
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A good way to taste a lot of different bottlings, would be to locate an wellstocked bar, where you can try by the glass, rather than the relatively expensive by the bottle option.
You could also find some likeminded souls and start swapping samples or buying bottles together.
I take it that you are mostly into bourbon / American whiskey? If so, you should really visit http://www.straightbourbon.com, where you'll find a dedicated bourbon forum.
For an inexpensive bottle, i've enjoyed Old Forester extensively.
I've also recently been enjoying Wild Turkey brands---WT Russell's Reserve 101 (loads better than the newer RR 90-proof), WT 101, and WT Rare Breen---all good pours---with the Russell's 101 being the star of the bunch.
My all time favorite is, hands down, George T. Stagg, but some poeple don't have the fortitude to enjoy this bourbon whiskey
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