Welcome from the President


Greetings, Bourbon Women and Happy Summer!

A quick look at the Events Schedule will show you that Bourbon Women members all over the country have had a busy 2017 so far. Here in Louisville, we ushered in warm weather with a trip to one of the city’s newest bourbon citizens, the Angel’s Envy distillery on Main Street.
The fascinating evening included delicious hors d’oeurves and cocktails, a tour of the distillery, a cocktail-making lesson (yes, we got to drink our creations and keep the glasses) and an Angel’s Envy tasting complete with an Art Eatables chocolate truffle.
If you had to miss this event, I strongly recommend you take one of Angel’s Envy’s regular public tours. The staff are wonderful hosts and justifiably very proud of their new home in an historic, century-old Main Street building.
I hope many of you are planning to attend this year’s Kentucky Bourbon Affair, organized by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association and based in Louisville. It begins on June 6th and wraps up on June 11th with a brunch hosted by Bourbon Women on the grounds of beautiful Locust Grove catered by award-winning Louisville chef Kathy Cary.  The elegant 18th century farmstead was the final home of Revolutionary War hero and Louisville founder, Gen. George Rogers Clark. A recreation of a period farm distillery has recently been opened and will be part of the brunch program, along with a bourbon Bloody Mary contest. There are a few tickets left, so please get yours while you can.
We are looking forward to being with our friends from Michter’s, Pam Heilmann (master distiller) and Andrea Wilson (master of maturation), at Bourbons Bistro on July 13. I know some of you from branches within driving distance have come to Louisville events before, so I hope to see some of you at Bourbons Bistro (an original stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail) that evening.
Of course, these (and our upcoming branch events) are all preludes to our fourth annual National Bourbon Women Sip-osium, August 25-27, headquartered at Louisville’s beautiful Brown Hotel. Save the dates and register soon! Last year more than half of our attendees were from outside of Kentucky. We would love to host even more of you this year. If you are interested in in my President’s Bourbon Tasting (an add-on) here’s a sneak preview: It will include Maker’s Mark distilled in the 1970s and bottled in the 1980s and a bourbon with “Van Winkle” on the label.
Finally, congratulations to Bourbon Women board member Carla Carlton, whose new book, Barrel Strength: The Explosive Growth of America’s Whiskey, will be released this month! Check with your favorite bookstore or find it online.


Susan Reigler, Bourbon Women President



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