What Master Distillers Say About Mixing Bourbon

Does a master distiller cringe if he or she sees someone mix soda with their spirits? Is there a wrong way to drink bourbon?

For the most part, they’re just happy you enjoy their product. Here are a few quotes from some of the best on how they suggest you drink it.

Fred Noe, Jim Beam

“Any damn way you please.” More at JimBeam.com.

“There’s no right way or wrong way to drink bourbon,” he said. “And anybody tells ya any goddamn different is full of shit.” More from Supercall.com.

Jim Rutledge, Four Roses

When I was first asked how I mix Four Roses bourbon in a cocktail, my immediate response was, “It does improve the taste of ice.” More from Imbibe.com.

Chris Morris, Woodford Reserve

“What I also love to do is, as we travel, go to a new restaurant or an old favorite — and to see your brand in a new cocktail that they’ve invented using Woodford Reserve, you’ve always got to try that drink. And you discover some great drinks. So I’m open to trying our product in a lot of different ways.” More from GearPatrol.com.

Marianne Barnes, Castle & Key

“Drink it however you like it,” says master distiller Marianne Barnes. “Bourbon purists would shame you for putting bourbon in Coke, but if that’s how you’re going to start to develop an appreciation for the flavors, maybe you start there and then move into some craft cocktails, maybe try a nice old fashioned, and move into a neat pour from there.” More from CNN.com.

Elmer T. Lee, Buffalo Trace

When asked, “what would you get if you mixed this bourbon with Coke?” Lee replied, “You’d get a damn good bourbon and Coke.” More from CharlestonCityPaper.com.

Drew Kulsveen, Willett

“Most of the time I drink it neat. I do enjoy a good cocktail every once in a while. A whiskey sour is my favorite cocktail followed by a Boulevardier. But most of the time it’s neat.” More from GearPatrol.com.

Want to ask them yourself? Talk to someone on the Mint Julep Tours team about setting up an exclusive experience at one of Kentucky’s legendary distilleries during a Custom Tour.

Chocolate is nice, but Bourbon is better!

We have great ideas for your Man or Woman who loves bourbon! Chocolate is nice, but is better!

Top 10 list of Bourbon related goodies you can buy your bourbon man or woman.


10.  Mini oak bourbon barrel:  Age your own whiskey!  Check them out here.


9.  The Classic Glencairn Whisk(e)y Glass:  Perfect for the bourbon lover to enjoy their favorite liquid neat.  Find them on amazon.


8.  Bourbon Aged/Flavored Cooking Sauces from Bourbon Barrel Foods:  Bourbon Barrel Foods is a maker of gourmet food products that reflect the rich heritage of Kentucky’s Bourbon Country, “The Napa Valley of the Bluegrass.”


7.  Bluegrass Bourbon Barrels:  Bluegrass Bourbon Barrel Displays is a company that takes whiskey barrels and customizes them into home decor. They have barrel stave coat racks, clocks made from barrel heads, and full bourbon barrels turned into tables and displays. You also get to choose the brand on your barrel. You can pick from Old Rip Van Winkle, Jack Daniels, Wild Turkey, Willett, and a few more.


6.  Roly Poly Whiskey Glasses:  These hand blown whiskey glasses roll on their own without spilling a drop.


5.  A whiskey decanter with personalization.


4. Bourbon Marshmallows:  If you happen to be dating a bourbon drinker with a sweet tooth, you’re about to be very popular. Subtly infused with Maker’s Mark, these marshmallows from Wondermade are light, fluffy and highly addictive. www.wondermade.com


3.  Bourbon Swag:  Check out this tasty hat that we carry in our Mint Julep Tours Store, located on the 3rd floor of the Rivue Tower, The Galt House Hotel.


2.  Public Bourbon Tour from Mint Julep Tours:  Get ready for a full day of bourbon. This tour includes 2 guided tours & tastings at the finest Kentucky distilleries. $99/person, plus lunch & admissions.   http://bourbontrailtours.com/Book-Online-Now.html


1.  Jim Beam Super Premium Tour:  This exclusive Super Premium Tour option for whiskey lovers has never before been offered to the public.  Dive into an insider’s experience showcasing “all things whiskey, Beam style”.

Tour the American Still House, bourbon barrel dumping station and one of the largest barrel warehouses in the industry.  For you mixologists and culinary fans, we will host a private sampling of the Beam Brands with a Beam bourbon expert and then you’re off to experience a bourbon themed meal on the porch of the Knob Creek house on the scenic grounds surrounding the distillery. Other behind the scenes spots will be offered.Top off your experience with a commemorative etched bottle making it a collectable. Click here for more info.

“Sights, Smells, Samples, & Special Guests on the Trail”

If you have experienced a bourbon tour with Mint Julep Tours on multiple occasions, you know how each experience can be unique by who you meet.  We are lucky to have an amazing group of Bourbon Tour Experts that guide your experience.  We are also lucky to have amazing guests that add and enrich the experience with their personalities and talents.

Check out these recent bourbon tour highlights:

Another encounter of bourbon royalty as we say, is Fred Noe, grandson of Jim Beam.  Fred keeps the Beam family tradition barreling along at The Jim Beam American Stillhouse and Distillery in Clermont KY.  Fred has a bold personality that makes him an entertaining encounter for any visitor at Jim Beam.  If you are lucky enough to meet Fred on a bourbon tour, you will see his genuine passion and personality that flows through is veins, with a little bourbon, of course!

The sights, smells, & tastes are just a click away.  Who knows what kind of story you may take away.  Your bourbon journey begins here!