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post #1981 of 2089
Party Source is outside of Cincinnati, about 2 hours from L-ville, so its def a hike.

As far as distilleries, if you call, or check they're web sites you can see what they have going on in terms of tours. Heaven Hill in Bardstown as well as Buffalo Trace offer different tours. BT needs to be booked, but I believe is free. Four Roses, Wild Turkey in Lawrenceburg offer very good standard tours....never done the Woodford tour, but heard its great.

DO NOT MISS WILLET in Bardstown. In fact, if its ok with you, may ask you to grab me a bottle from their Gift Shop depending on whats there! But they do very small tours, and its a nice place (literally a mile from the Bourbon Heritage Center in Bardstown (HH).

In KY, hit up all the liquor barns for private barrel picks, they usually have a bunch. Don't get your hopes up for finding a "unicorn"...they don't even hit the shelves in KY.

Its a blast....you should have tons of fun!
post #1982 of 2089
Re: Party Source. I drive through Cincinnati all the time. Worth a short detour?
post #1983 of 2089
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Re: Party Source. I drive through Cincinnati all the time. Worth a short detour?

Party Source is a great place to try out all kinds of Whiskeys. Tastings of up to 5 are offered. You will be charged varying amounts depending on what you choose.

Take a partner -- pours are enough for two to get a good idea of what to buy.

Don't expect to find rarities. Local customers are knowledgeable. And will snap up the great stuff quick.

However, this place is well stocked. You should come away with a good addition to your high end home bar.
post #1984 of 2089
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Originally Posted by BourbonFan View Post

Party Source is a great place to try out all kinds of Whiskeys. Tastings of up to 5 are offered. You will be charged varying amounts depending on what you choose.

Take a partner -- pours are enough for two to get a good idea of what to buy.

Don't expect to find rarities. Local customers are knowledgeable. And will snap up the great stuff quick.

However, this place is well stocked. You should come away with a good addition to your high end home bar.

Thanks. I'm not into playing the rare/dusty game (yet), but the tastings sound like a good reason to check it out when I'm in the area.
post #1985 of 2089
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Looks like heading to kentucky in two months or so. What should I do and which distilleries to visit? Do I need to call ahead it make reservations? Any other places to hit besides the party source?

Tours... In general you might want to check if the distillers are actually distilling ... Many shut down during summer heat. Tours are a bit less satisfying.

Neither Woodford or Makers Mark shut down though. Both are great tours, lots of history and charm associated with both. Both would be great to learn about bourbon.

Buffalo Trace shuts down the stills but not all tours ... Hope you get Freddie. He did our "Barrel Tour" and it was great fun. Very interactive... Got to be there take the bung out of the barrel to start the emptying of some Buffalo Trace.



Also got to stand atop a barrel of 23 year pappy being readied for distribution.

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Markers Mark is not to be missed. I was luck enough to have former president / owner Bill Samuels give our tour.

His family history is really tied into our country's history. If you are fortunate enough to get him it will be an unrivaled experience.
The grounds and buildings are rivaled only by Woodford.

post #1986 of 2089
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Thanks. I'm not into playing the rare/dusty game (yet), but the tastings sound like a good reason to check it out when I'm in the area.

Van Veen, their store picks are second to no one...on par or even better than Julio's up in Boston for barrel picks.
post #1987 of 2089
I am pretty close to Julio's. So if you ever need me to pick anything up for you just let me know
post #1988 of 2089
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Originally Posted by BourbonFan View Post

Tours... In general you might want to check if the distillers are actually distilling ... Many shut down during summer heat. Tours are a bit less satisfying.

Neither Woodford or Makers Mark shut down though. Both are great tours, lots of history and charm associated with both. Both would be great to learn about bourbon.

Buffalo Trace shuts down the stills but not all tours ... Hope you get Freddie. He did our "Barrel Tour" and it was great fun. Very interactive... Got to be there take the bung out of the barrel to start the emptying of some Buffalo Trace.



Also got to stand atop a barrel of 23 year pappy being readied for distribution.

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Markers Mark is not to be missed. I was luck enough to have former president / owner Bill Samuels give our tour.

His family history is really tied into our country's history. If you are fortunate enough to get him it will be an unrivaled experience.
The grounds and buildings are rivaled only by Woodford.

post #1989 of 2089
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I am pretty close to Julio's. So if you ever need me to pick anything up for you just let me know

I may be heading up there tomorrow with the wife...you around?
post #1990 of 2089
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I may be heading up there tomorrow with the wife...you around?

I am! drop me a line if you want to try and get together

post #1991 of 2089
Stopped by a random store asking if they were planning on getting any 2014 LESmB and it turns out they have a connection to four roses. They said I can have the two bottles they're going to get. Pretty happy
post #1992 of 2089
Excellent! Quite fortuitous
post #1993 of 2089


So we just returned from our #BourbonTourism trip to Kentucky and visited all but one stop on the Bourbon Trail. I was hoping to find some rarities ... Especially at Buffalo Trace... But alas they were not shipping any Pappy's -- they never sell it there anymore.

Many distilleries do however have offerings only available in their gift shops.

One such offering is Evan Williams Barrel Proof it's only available at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience on Main Street in Louisville, KY. If you like the single barrel you should love this... It's more of what you know and love.

Creamier, spice on the tip of the tongue, buttery smooth on the palet overall ... No real burn going down. But I do recommend a splash of water ... It increases all that is pleasurable about it.




post #1994 of 2089
post #1995 of 2089
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I am! drop me a line if you want to try and get together

Damn, just saw this now....

Picked up a case of their McKenna and Four Roses....great stuff. Next time I head up, I'll reach out well in advance....
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