September 6th, 2012 by Dipsomaniac

Whiskey Bent and Nashville Bound

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of the brown likker around here at Drink Music City. So you can imagine our excitement to hear the announcement that Midtown Wine and Spirits was organizing the first (hopefully) annual Nashville Whiskey Fest for September 20-22 at the downtown War Memorial Auditorium. They have assembled a comprehensive list of and breweries, really more than we can list in this space. Just assume that your favorite will probably be poured and you can check here to confirm if they’re coming.

Thursday night’s event will be a VIP tasting led by Harlen Wheatley – Master distiller from Buffalo Trace – at the Tennessee State Museum. Check out the details on this amazing event:

Join us as Harlen Wheatley hosts a night to remember. An intimate setting, the Tennessee State Museum will set the mood, as you are able to indulge in some of the world’s finest and most highly allocated Bourbon Whiskies. To add more pleasure to your palate, Porter Road Butcher will be providing delectable hors d’oeuvre made using Buffalo Trace Bourbon and Weller Reserve Bourbon. Harlen Wheatley will talk about his life in the whiskey world, how he came to be the Master Distiller of Buffalo Trace Bourbon and walk you through 9 pouring’s, explaining the uniqueness and story behind each whiskey. Bourbon being tasted will include:

  • Buffalo Trace
  • Blanton’s
  • Eagle Rare 10yr
  • Eagle Rare 17yr
  • Sazerac 18yr Rye
  • George T. Stagg
  • Thomas H Handy
  • Sazerac Rye
  • William Larue Weller
  • Pappy Van Winkle 20yr

Along with these incredible bourbons each guest will receive a special edition Nashville Whiskey Festival Tasting Glass as well as a collectors edition flask from the distillery. This is going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity not to be missed.

Friday night will feature “Women and Whiskey,” two of my favorite things. Representatives of Troy & Sons, Bulleit and Willett Distilling Company will be paired with three local female mixologists to sample through their whiskeys and then compete in a cocktail contest. The fabulous Heather Byrd and Marcia Masulla will lead a lively Q & A sessions to reveal the secrets of working as a woman in a man’s world of whiskey.

Saturday from 1:00 until 6:00 is the main event with a massive tasting of products from over 30 craft distillers. There will also be VIP tastings of some rarer whiskeys for those willing to shell out a little extra scratch for early access to the tasting tables. Educational seminars will take place throughout the day, and you can drink during class. Just like college! What, not your college?

Tickets for all of the events are available at the festival website, so line up a babysitter and arrange for a ride home. It should be epic!

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