Vendors sold all sorts of knickknacks. | Photo by Sara Havens
The fourth annual Kentucky Bourbon Affair brought many whiskey aficionados to town last week and offered an array of activities, including the international tasting event Whisky Live.
New this year was the Higher Proof Expo on Saturday, which consisted of several in-depth classes where participants could get up close and personal with industry experts, master distillers, authors and more.
Insider attended several Bourbon Affair events and found them to be well-executed experiences with people eager to learn as much as they could about all things bourbon. We checked in with Adam Johnson of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, the group that puts on the event, to see how this year’s numbers fared.
He says they had more than 200 people participate and was happy with how well the Higher Proof Expo turned out.
“I think based upon the great overall feedback, it is something we will definitely look at doing again,” says Johnson.
Here’s a snapshot of some of the people, places and bourbons we experienced at the 2017 Bourbon Affair and Whisky Live.
Welcome to Jeptha Creed Distillery. | Photo by Sara Havens
Tickets are still available for Jeptha Creed’s Jeptha Games. | Photo by Sara Havens
Jeptha Creed master distiller Joyce Nethery signs her bourbon. | Photo by Sara Havens
Learning more about Four Roses. | Photo by Sara Havens
Trying vintage bottles from the 1970s. | Photo by Sara Havens
A rainbow of bourbon. | Photo by Sara Havens
Pam Heilmann of Michter’s in the VIP room at Whisky Live | Photo by Sara Havens
Jimmy Russell and wife, Joretta | Photo by Sara Havens
We got to try the new Peerless rye. | Photo by Sara Havens
Brian Gelfo of Rabbit Hole Distilling | Photo by Sara Havens
Bourbon expert Michael Veach with Rosemary Miller | Photo by Sara Havens
Bourbon (and rum) author Fred Minnick | Photo by Sara Havens
Bill Thomas of the Jack Rose Bar in D.C. brought some vintage spirits. | Photo by Sara Havens
Kelly Ramsey of Art Eatables brought along some bourbon-infused chocolate. | Photo by Sara Havens