Stitzel-Weller Distillery (#11 of 19), just a couple miles south of Old Louisville and is the home of Bulleit, I.W. Harper, and Blade and Bow. You will find a security gate to get through.

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ABOUT THE STITZEL-WELLER DISTILLERY TOUR

  • Location: Louisville, KY
  • Impression: As the former home of Pappy and Wellers, and the current home of Bulleit and I.W. Harpers, this tour offers a great tasting of emerging brands as well as a historical perspective.
  • Website: Tour Information (Requires Age Verification)
  • Cost: I paid $10 via online reservation, not $12 for the tour. 
  • Samples: 4 Selections including  Bulleit 10 year, Blade and Bow, I.W. Harper and Bulleit Rye
  • Perks: There were no keepsakes.
  • My Stitzel-Weller Instagram Photos

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Takeaways

  • MGP is the place in Indiana where Stitzel-Weller had been sourcing their whiskey. I was a little unsure of the name at the time of filming...oh those acronyms!
  • Those who know me know I'm a big James Bond fan. I had forgotten (maybe because I didn't recognize the name at the time) that Draco and Bond meet and I.W. Harper Bourbon was offered up. The book was On Her Majesty's Secret Service. It's the one Bond book that is very carefully followed by the film. However, I don't think I.W. Harper is anywhere to be seen in that scene in the film.
  • Again, being a Bond fan, he actually took it on the chin via tour guides at a couple of distilleries. It was suggested that the cool factor of the shaken not stirred martini in the 70's, 80's was a factor in the depression that bourbon experienced during that time period. 
  • It was raining pretty heavily at times during the tour. They have plenty of umbrellas if you forget to bring one. I found that to be the case at some other distilleries also, where rain tried to interrupt the proceedings. 

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Debunking Experts: No Two Palates Are the Same

Ever have someone push you toward a particular whisky because it was good. And then when you suggest it isn't for you, they roll their eyes?  Well, let it roll off your back. Just watch two different YouTube tasters discussions of the flavors they get out of the same product. Amazingly, many of them get unrelated flavors.

I'll use beer as a reference. I absolutely love Guinness. It agrees with my palate. I don't taste the bitter that others say it has...at least not in an offensive way, unless it's a bad batch. But yet, I know people who love IPA's which are bitter and I don't like them at all. The same with sour beers, I have no interest. Does that mean any of them are bad? No. It just means your palate handles them differently. There are taste profiles that sooth you.  And our tongues all taste differently.

This is the biggest reason I tell you to find your own favorites. Don't worry about what others say. They don't have your tongue. They don't have your flavor experiences. The smell of Jack Daniels brings back bad memories for me. I'm not going to say it's a bad product. I just had a bad experience and it no longer suits my taste. Frank Sinatra thought it was the greatest thing on Earth (of course he drank the 90 proof version and in 1987 they started reducing the proof and changed the product). So, don't be intimidated by others that poo poo your choices. You'll either evolve out of them with experience or they might just be the perfect fit for your particular taste buds or style.

Next up, Old Forester Distillery on Whiskey Row in Louisville, KY.

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