A Tasting With Brent Elliott at OBC Kitchen | Master Distiller of Four Roses

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I was on facebook last week, when I saw an event pop-up in my newsfeed. It was for a pop-up tasting for Four Roses with Master Distiller Brent Elliott. Like I mentioned before, when I met Jimmy Russell, it’s not everyday that you get to hang out a Master Distiller from one of the distilleries. So, when an opportunity presents itself (especially if bourbon is something you enjoy), you should take it!

There was a catch with this event. It was at a “secret” location, and the location wouldn’t be disclosed until that day around noon. Also, only the first fifty people in attendance would be allowed for the event. I made sure to gather my clothes, my camera, and everything I needed the night before. I wanted to be prepared and not be running around like a chicken with its head cut off hours before the event. I set my alarm, so I could be awake way before they announced the location. I wanted to be one of the first there, and I didn’t want to miss this opportunity.

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Bourbon 101: How to Properly Taste Bourbon | The Kentucky Chew

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Did you know that there is a “right” way and a “wrong” way to taste bourbon? Yes, it’s true. Throwing back a shot won’t do anything for you. If your main goal is to get as drunk as you can, by all means, go ahead and keep doing what you are doing. Taking a shot of bourbon in one gulp (by the way, I hate that word), won’t allow you to taste any flavors, such as; vanilla, caramel, maple syrup, toffee, etc. By tasting the bourbon the correct way, you won’t have the burn and you’ll learn to train your palate to identify distinct flavors.

Depending on the distillery you go to and the tour guide you get, you may or may not get instructed on how to properly taste bourbon during the tasting portion of the tour. Some may go into more details, while others may briefly touch on the subject. Like for example, when I went to Woodford Reserve, they mentioned it briefly, and when I went to Jim Beam, they talked about the “Kentucky Chew” and the “Kentucky Hug.” When I visited Maker’s Mark, the tour guide gave in-depth, detailed, step-by-step instructions on what to do. So, as you can see, it definitely can vary.

I know some people reading this, may be curious about bourbon or may have plans of visiting a distillery or may be unaware there is a right or wrong way, but I’m going to go into detail about what to do, so in case you find yourself in a distillery, you won’t be looking around the room clueless.
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Easy Peasy Flourless Bourbon Brownies

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National Bourbon Heritage Month is getting ready to come to a close. The Kentucky Bourbon Festival has come and gone. It was September 12th through the 18th in Bardstown, Kentucky aka “The Bourbon Capital of the World.” Some may be wondering if I went, but I didn’t go. Instead about 20 friends, my husband, and I went down to Huntsville, Tennessee to go to Brimstone to go 4-wheeling, camping, drinking, and to see Hank Williams Jr. in concert (That particular event was called Brimstone Paragon). Brimstone is approximately 19,196 acres with over 300 acres of trails for riding. Sorry, but none of the shenanigans (haha!) will be posted here on my blog, but you can see a few pictures, if you follow me on instagram.

Anyways, just because National Bourbon Heritage Month is almost over, that does not mean that the bourbon events have come to a close. I mean, this is Kentucky after all.  There IS always some type of bourbon or foodie event going on! In fact, The Bourbon Social is comprised of four events back-to-back in October (Thursday, October 6 through Sunday, October 9). On Thursday, the event is Bourbon & Bites. On Friday, the event is A Day at the Races, which is at Keene Manor at Keeneland. On Saturday, this is when The Main Event takes place. Lastly, on Sunday, the event is The Buffalo Trace Brunch held at none other than the Buffalo Trace Distillery. I’m really excited because I bought tickets for Saturday’s and Sunday’s events. The Bourbon Social has hosted other bourbon related events throughout the year (but October is the main extravaganza), including the Beer, Bourbon, and Bacon Garden Party, I attended back in June of this year. Tickets are almost all gone to the upcoming events!

Even if you don’t like bourbon, these events can still be for you!

As promised, earlier this month, I said that I would be posting several recipes in spirit of National Bourbon Heritage Month. So, today, I have for you…

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Bourbon 101: Starting With the Basics

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Some people think that bourbon and whiskey are the same thing, and the terms can be used interchangeably. Wrong. Bourbon and whiskey are NOT the same thing. In fact, there are very strict federal regulations for bourbon in order for it to be labeled and advertised as a bourbon. Remember that:

“All bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon.”
There are people from all over reading my blog; Kentuckians and non-Kentuckians (and heck, there are probably even some Kentuckians) that may not know the difference, and since it is National Bourbon Heritage Month, I figured that I would go back to the basics and answer the questions: What are the requirements for something to be considered bourbon? What is the difference between bourbon vs. whiskey? What happens to the barrels after they have been used? How much liquid can one barrel hold? What is bourbon made of?
 
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Blogger Meet + Greet with Hartley Social | The Mall at Lexington Green

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Yesterday, I attended a super fun event at The Mall at Lexington Green. The meet-up was located on the lower level at Lexington Green near the fire pit lounge and the Lakeside Live stage. Hartley Social put together a “blog meet and greet” to bring together local bloggers, like-minded individuals, and social media influencers. One of my friends from undergrad, who is a fashion blogger, invited me to attend (Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to go though!).

The weather was perfect. It wasn’t too hot, and it was such a wonderful way to close out the last day of summer. Even though, today is the 22nd, it is still a scorcher outside, with no plans on cooling down. Lame. I want the fall weather to happen now!

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