Welcome from the President

Greetings Bourbon Women -
Happy Spring! As the redbuds and dogwoods start to bloom here in Kentucky, we also have a Bourbon Spring of new distilleries opening or under construction.
In Louisville, Peerless Distillery (which has hosted BW twice) will be releasing its first whiskey, a marvelously complex rye. Angel’s Envy starting distilling this winter and we will be visiting it in May. Rabbit Hole Distillery has broken ground in the NuLu district for their new facility. Old Forester has installed its fermentation tanks in its new distillery under construction on Main Street’s historic Whiskey Row. And Barrell Bourbon, a company from Connecticut, announced it will build a distillery south of downtown Louisville.
Elsewhere around Kentucky, Bardstown Distilling Company has opened in Nelson County and Luxco has started construction nearby on a new distillery to be called Lux Row Distillers. Bulleit’s new distillery is up and running in Shelby County, so it’s a new neighbor to our friends at Jeptha Creed Distillery.
Please view our branch web pages to find out about all the upcoming activities at our branches in Indianapolis, Chicago, and Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati. I urge everyone to take advantage of those opportunities in your cities. But do save the dates of our annual Sip-Osium, set for Louisville August 25-27. As you can imagine, with all the new (and established) bourbon activity in Kentucky, we are going to have a best conference yet. Details are coming soon.
Before that, we have a very special weekend of bourbon and horse racing thanks to Woodford Reserve. There are only a few tickets left for “Bourbon, Barrels, and Horses” on April 14 and 15. So please register very soon if you are planning to attend.
Meanwhile, with only a few weeks to go until that state holiday known as The Kentucky Derby, I want to give you my favorite recipe for the famous race’s official drink – the Mint Julep. It is attributed to Pulitzer Prize-winning editor of The Louisville Courier-Journal, Henry Watterson (1840-1921):
“Pluck the mint gently from its bed, just as the dew of the evening is about to form on it. Select the choicer sprigs only, but do not rinse them. Prepare the simple syrup and measure out a half-tumbler of whiskey. Pour the whiskey into a well-frosted silver cup, throw the other ingredients away, and drink the whiskey.”


Susan Reigler, Bourbon Women President



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