Evan Williams Distillery Sweet and Neat Tasting Experience (#13 of 19) is a special event that may or may not still be available. This Whiskey Row location features a distillery tour and other special events.

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About the Evan Williams Sweet and Neat Tasting

  • Location: Louisville, KY
  • Impression: A special treat and learning experience on Whiskey Row
  • Website: Tour Information (Requires Age Verification)
  • Cost: I paid $15 through an online reservation
  • Samples: Sweet and Neat: 4 Selections including Evan Williams Small Batch, Bernheim Wheat, Rittenhouse Rye 100 Proof, Evan Williams 12 Year and a variety of chocolates.
  • Perks: I got a notepad and pen but the experience was quite enough.
  • Note: This is a special program that may or may not be available. Check the website for more details. It's a tough site to navigate, so you may need to have some patience sorting it all out.

If I had to pick the absolute best tasting experience of the tour, this was it. The team at Evan Williams worked along side Erika Chavez-Graziano of Cellar Door Chocolates to come up with some amazingly interesting pairings. More details in the video below.

Takeaways

  • Gotta admit, I was a little buzzed when making this video...but hey, I was enjoying my trip and that is the ultimate goal, right?! Plus I had Lyft driving me around...although I will stay, a couple of those drivers scared the crap out of me with their driving skills or lack there of! ;)
  • A couple of times I heard tour guides suggest that females palates were not usually geared toward ryes or higher proof whiskies. I found the exact opposite to be true. I found the more spice or complexity, usually the more the females liked it. Ladies, don't shy away from ryes, malts or higher proof whiskey. I think you might be surprised at how you take to them.
  • On the marketing side of things and who is the oldest, check through my entire blog as I cover this throughout. 

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Where Did Your Whisky Come From?

Sometimes figuring out where your bourbon came from can be a challenge. You at least know your bourbon was produced in Kentucky from start to finish, if it uses "Kentucky Straight" in the title. However, it gets a little more difficult from there. Look for these keywords: distilled, aged and bottled. Notice that sometimes they aren't always listed. Also note that sometimes the distillery isn't listed or it's a distillery you haven't heard of before. Also, you may find that a product may come from a distillery you know to be in one town, but it lists a different town half way across the state, on the bottle. 

This is where the call for better transparancy comes in. A bottle of Jefferson's Reserve is completely confusing as it says "bottled for McLain and Kyne." What does that mean? And it comes from Kentucky Artisan Distillery, right? But it says that nowhere on the bottle. Or Johnny Drum says it's made by Johnny Drum Distillery Co. yet it's made at Willet's. Tracking down where your favorite bourbon came from can be quite a chore. And it can take quite a journey within the state of Kentucky before it reaches your store shelves. Maybe it doesn't matter in the long run. But it does open up the question as to why the secrecy. And it can keep you from finding similar mash bill's that could potentially be a better value.

Next up, Jim Beam American Stillhouse in Clermont, KY.