The Antique Collection tasting event on Thursday, Sept. 12, will feature at least some whiskey from Pappy Van Winkle, the entire Antique Collection (George T. Stagg, Thomas Handy, Sazerac 18, Eagle Rare 17, William Larue Weller), the Buffalo Trace Single Oak Project and more. Chris Fletcher from Buffalo Trace will present an educational seminar that will probably feature some especially good hooch. Another treat will be a barrel tasting, where attendees will be able to vote to help choose Midtown's next single-barrel offering from Blanton's.
The Women & Whiskey event on Friday night now has a little more concrete information. Here's the latest scoop:
Women & Whiskey Panel
Stephanie Ridgeway, Brand Manager and Ambassador for Highland Park Scotch.
Allison Patel, owner of Brenne Whiskey and whiskey blogger @ whisky girls (distillers/spirits celebrities)
Hollis Bulleit, a trailblazer in the brown spirits industry; she is the first woman from a bourbon family to represent the brand on a national and global level. She is also one of the first female experts in her field, and has created an innovative teaching method on how to conceptualize the Kentucky bourbon portfolio. Hollis is one of the few people in this industry position who has worked at a distillery and has an all-encompassing Master of Whiskey training. ...
[They'll be] discussing the challenges they’ve dealt with as powerful movers and shakers in an industry that is largely male-dominated.
Rounding out the panel will be Troy Ball, owner and distiller of Troy & Sons whiskey out of Asheville. and Jenny Pennington from Nashville's own Whisper Creek. Two other panelists are still being added. Panelists will have a chance to respond to audience queries during a Q&A session, and the evening’s entertainment will feature female country-and-Western artists including Samantha Landrum, Camaron Ochs and Ashley Ray.
Finally, the Grand Tasting on Saturday at the Country Music Hall of Fame has lined up some really special guests for attendees to rub and bend elbows with. The roster includes Jim Rutledge (master distiller, Four Roses), Jonathan Wingo (brand ambassador, Balvenie), Kevin Mulcahey (master of whiskey/Diageo), Adam Harris (distillery specialist, whiskey professor), Kyle Henderson (Angel’s Envy), Drew Kulsveen (KBD) and many more. For you beer lovers, they will also have special barrel-aged beer at the event including Brooklyn Black Ops 09’, Blackstone Barrel Aged reposed in Belle Meade Bourbon barrels and more.
Sounds like something to clear your calendar for. Head to the event ticketing site to buy your tickets. It will probably sell out in advance.