Welcome from the President

Greetings, Bourbon Women!

I trust that all of you found opportunities to celebrate National Bourbon Heritage Month in September, whether with your favorite bourbon or your favorite bourbon cocktail. I attended a couple of the events at the annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown where I saw our Australian member, Lea-ann Matthews and her partner Chris, who come to Kentucky every year to attend the festival and stock their suitcases with bourbons they can’t find at home. (Yes, I encouraged them to attend Sip-osium next year, assuring Chris he would be welcome, too!)

I was invited to sign my bourbon books at the All-Star Sampler Wednesday evening, which allowed me to promote Bourbon Women to festival attendees. (Though I admit that my high point of the evening was having Wild Turkey Master Distiller Jimmy Russell sign a bottle of Diamond Edition. I had been saving it for a year in order to have that opportunity!) I also spoke to many attendees of Saturday night’s Bottled in Bond Fire at the Wickland mansion, where bonded whiskies (and 100 proof but, not bottled-in-bond bourbons) from Heaven Hill, Buffalo Trace, Barton’s 1792, and Four Roses were served. Bourbon Women was a co-host of the event, so I hope we’ll be welcoming some new members as a result.

Speaking of new members, our newest branch, in Washington, D.C., will be holding an event on October 12th, the same night as our Kentucky evening at Jeptha Creed Distillery near Shelbyville. Congratulations to Kelly Carmack, our branch ambassador in D.C., whose terrific energy and organizing skill have enabled the branch launch!

Please see the schedule on our website for all upcoming events in all branches though the end of the year, mark your calendars, and join in the fun!


Susan Reigler, Bourbon Women President

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