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.

Mint Julep Tours Announces Dates For Their Popular Halloween Tour

The Moonshine & Madness Tour available for only two dates in October

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – September 30, 2014 – Mint Julep Tours is now accepting reservations for their annual Moonshine & Madness tour, a bus and walking tour combo that features a stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail with spooky Louisville sites. The popular tour will run October 16 and 23.

The 3 ½ hour tour departs at 7:30 p.m. and begins with an opportunity to purchase a special Mint Julep-inspired cocktail at the charismatic Haymarket Whiskey Bar, a popular downtown Louisville hangout and official Urban Bourbon Trail stop, that features 100+ bourbons, games and live music. The tour continues through Eastern Cemetery and the historic Highlands neighborhood, where the group will learn about Louisville’s haunted houses and ghost sightings from paranormal enthusiast and Mint Julep tour guide, Joni Goodin.  The tour concludes at the Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular, a ¼ mile walking trail through Iroquois Park with 5,000+ illuminated carved pumpkins.

“Mint Julep Tours prides itself on offering authentic tours that leave our guests with a new appreciation for the region, and we are thrilled to have one of our own to share Louisville’s eerie past for the Moonlight and Madness tour,” says Mint Julep Tours owner Sean Higgins, “By combining our unique perspective on Kentucky culture with Joni’s 16 years of paranormal experience as a guide, researcher and investigator, we are creating a one-of-a-kind experience.”

Cost of the tour is $57 per person (plus admission to the Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular). Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Chasta Feller at chasta@mintjuleptours.com or by calling 502-583-1433.  To book the tour online, visit www.mintjuleptours.com.

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