(Note: The following post was originally published in May 2015 and updated in Oct. 2017)
Having a well-rounded, palette-pleasing bourbon experience doesn’t have to take an entire day. Bourbon lovers can now sign up for Heaven & Evan, a unique exclusive tour and tasting experience organized by Mint Julep Tours. The experience transports you from downtown Louisville to nearby Bardstown and back in just five and a half hours, making it the perfect option for people looking to maximize their time.
About Heaven & Evan
For just $185 per person, you have the opportunity to visit two staples of The Kentucky Bourbon Trail—Heaven Hill’s Bourbon Heritage Center in Bardstown, Kentucky, and the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience in downtown Louisville. Along the way, you will interact with master distillers and taste some of the world’s finest bourbons, including some that are exclusive to each of the properties.
Heaven & Evan dates for 2018 will be announced soon. All 2017 dates are sold out. The event begins at 3:45 p.m. and ends at approximately 9:30 p.m.
The unforgettable experience begins at The Galt House, where Mint Julep Tours will pick you up and transport you to Heaven Hill’s Bourbon Heritage Center. Once there, you can whet your appetite with heavy appetizers and specialty cocktails before partaking in an intimate bourbon tasting held inside a working rickhouse of America’s largest independent, family-owned producer of bourbon.
Master Distiller Denny Potter or Bourbon Ambassador Bernie Lubbers will lead the tasting, which will include Larceny and William Heavenhill Bottled-In-Bond, a product available exclusively at the Bourbon Heritage Center. While inside the rickhouse, guests will also be given the rare opportunity to pull and taste bourbon straight from a barrel utilizing a Whiskey Thief.
“We are excited to partner with Mint Julep Tours to showcase each of the Heaven Hill visitor centers featured on the world famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail®. Through the Heaven & Evan event, guests will not only develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation for our native spirit, but they will also be provided with a unique opportunity to interact with distillers one-on-one, and enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience complete with behind-the-scenes access and offerings that are not typically available to the public,” stated Larry Kass, Director of Trade Relations for Heaven Hill.
Evan Williams Experience
After your experience at the Bourbon Heritage Center, Mint Julep Tours will transport you back to Louisville to the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience. There, inside the Prohibition-Era Speakeasy Lounge, guests will be treated to additional heavy appetizers, desserts and specialty cocktails. An on-site distiller will lead a bourbon tasting that includes Evan Williams Single Barrel and two premium offerings.
The night wraps with a guided tour of the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, during which everyone will get the opportunity to sign a barrel of bourbon. As a keepsake, guests will receive a complimentary specialty-labeled bottle of Evan Williams Single Barrel signed by distillers.
Guests will be transported back to The Galt Hotel via a tour bus at 9:30 p.m. Heaven & Evan is limited to 23 guests per night, making it an intimate experience that any bourbon lover will not soon forget. Learn more: https://mintjuleptours.com/exclusive-experiences/.