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Bardstown Bourbon Society Changes Name

Bardstown Whiskey SocietyHeaven Hill’s Bardstown Bourbon Society will be renamed to the Bardstown Whiskey Society and launched an attractive new website for members. In response to recent member satisfaction survey results, the Bardstown Whiskey Society has lots of new and exciting benefits to offer in order to teach consumers more about American Whiskey.

By joining, you will receive the following exclusive benefits.

  • An attractive membership certificate
  • Invitations to special events such as the annual unveiling of the Evan Williams Vintage Single Barrel Bourbon
  • Members-only access to the Society’s web site
  • Rebates, product information and news from the world of American whiskies
  • A chance to interact with Master Distillers Parker Beam and, his son, Craig Beam

Neck tags on bottles of Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage, Elijah Craig Single Barrel, Elijah Craig Small Batch, Bernheim Original Wheat Whiskey and Parker’s Heritage Collection include the member registration web address for the Bardstown Whiskey Society ( where you can sign up for a complementary membership.  You may refer friends who enjoy our products but don’t have internet access to write to our mailing address:

Bardstown Whiskey Society

1064 Loretto Road

Bardstown, KY 40004

Once you submit the invitation, you will receive a new member packet within 4-6 weeks containing membership materials.

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Four Roses Single Barrel Limited Edition 2009 Review

Four Roses Limited Edition SB 2009The Four Roses Single Barrel Limited Edition 2009 Release is starting to hit the shelves now. The bourbon is coming at uncut barrel strength and has not been chill filtered. It is running 11 years old and around 113.8 proof (or 56.9 percent alcohol by volume). The 2009 Limited Edition Single Barrel Bourbon has combined the mashbill using 20% rye grain with yeast number 5 which is the OESQ recipe (see below for reference code info). The distillery is producing 1,836 bottles of this release, from super select barrels, and distributing it only in select U.S. markets. The price point is around $70 USD.

Master Distiller Jim Rutledge specially selected the sophisticated 11-year-old whiskey from among the 10 bourbon recipes the distillery produces.

“We’re excited to continue the tradition of releasing an exceptional, and very unique single barrel limited edition that consists of one recipe we feel exhibits various combinations of flavors and aromas pleasing to any Bourbon enthusiast,” said Rutledge.

As a member of the Mellow Moments Club, I had the privilege of tasting this bourbon at the Four Roses Distillery prior to its release. Master Distiller, Jim Rutledge, opened a barrel and drew some of the precious whiskey straight from the barrel for us to taste. He kept the pours coming all night and entertained us until we were all content! When asked how he liked to drink his bourbon, he said, “straight from the barrel!”

The first thing I noticed about my pour of whiskey was the dark, rich amber color. The nose was quite potent and told of the higher proof. The first taste had an initial edge that turned smooth and sweet. Upon taking my first taste, I immediately noticed less spice and ultimately less rye than the standard Four Roses single barrel bourbon (20 % vs. 35%). This bourbon seemed to sit very well on the tongue and was less oily than the standard single barrel. I tasted the oak, nuts, caramel, honey, a bit of wheat grass and spice. It had a very long, clean and complex finish with a nice slow burn that hung around for a bit. After several drinks, the rye started to pop out a little more, but was not overpowering and somewhat subtle. It added to the great complexity of the bourbon. I added a splash of water, which greatly opened the whiskey up and brought out more subtleties. It handled the splash of water very well and is how I will probably drink it from this point forward.

Overall the bourbon is a success. It is different from anything else I have tasted from Four Roses. I can say that it is probably not a bourbon for the beginner or average bourbon drinker. It is definitely targeted at the connoisseur with a sophisticated palette. That being said, I will definitely be buying several bottles of this for the bunker, if I can find them.

Be sure to let us know what you think!


Four Roses Reference Codes:

10 Total Recipes

Two Mashbills:

OE             OB

Corn                        75%         60%
Rye                          20%         35%
Malted Barley         5%           5%

Five Yeast Cultures:

Yeast Codes:          V, K, O, Q, F

Basic Flavor Descriptors:
V – Delicate fruity flavor
K – Slight spicy character
O – Robust fruitiness
Q – Floral essence
F – Light herbal essence

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Honey Bourbon Salmon Recipe


  • 4 6-oz salmon fillets or steaks
  • 1/2 cup bourbon whiskey
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • S & P, to taste

What’s Next:

First, fire up your grill.

Rinse salmon & pat dry.  Gently place in a large plastic bag.

In a small bowl- stir together bourbon, brown sugar, honey, soy sauce, ginger & pepper. Heat in a small saucepan until brown sugar dissolves. Aloow to cool completely.  Pour sauce over salmon into bag.  Marinate in frig for 1 hour, turning occasionally.

Get your fish out of the bag, set aside marinade.  Pour 2 tablespoons of olive oil onto a piece of heavy duty aluminum foil. Place fish on foil, then place the foil onto hot grill.

Grill for 5-7 minutes or until it flakes with a fork while brushing it down with leftover marinade.

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Red Stag Infused Bourbon Drink Recipes

Enjoy Red Stag by Jim Beam™ Infused Bourbon with the following recipes:Jim Beam Red Stag

Stag & Cola
3 Parts Red Stag by Jim Beam™ Bourbon
4 Parts Cola
Pour Red Stag into high ball glass half filled with ice. Fill glass with cola, stir lightly and serve. Garnish with lime if desired.

Red Stag Cherry Fizz
3 Parts Red Stag by Jim Beam™ Bourbon
4 Parts Sprite
1/2 Part grenadine
Pour Red Stag into high ball glass half filled with ice. Fill glass with Sprite and add grenadine, stir lightly and serve. Garnish with a cherry if desired.

Red Manhattan
2 Parts Red Stag by Jim Beam™ Bourbon
1/2 Part dry vermouth
1/2 Part sweet vermouth
Prepare in a shaker over ice. Strain into a Martini glass with a long stem black cherry garnish.

Brass Buck
3 Parts Red Stag by Jim Beam™ Bourbon
4 Parts Ginger ale
Lime Wedge
Fill a highball glass 3/4 with ice. Pour in Red Stag by Jim Beam™ and ginger ale. Garnish with lime.

Buck Shot
1 Part Red Stag by Jim Beam™ Bourbon
1 Part Jägermeister®
Shake equal parts Red Stag by Jim Beam™ and Jägermeister® ice cold into a shot glass.

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Bacon-Infused Bourbon Whiskey

So it seems that bacon-infused spirits are all of the rage right now. While bacon-infused vodka in a Martini or Bloody Mary sounds delicious, it doesn’t sound as appetizing as bacon-infused bourbon. Something about sweet, smoky bacon just seems to naturally harmonize with the characteristics of bourbon, hence bacon-infused bourbon. Bacon-infused bourbon can be made fairly easily and quickly. Just think, in just a few short hours after reading this, you too could be enjoying bacon-infused bourbon cocktail. Here’s how to do it: Cook three to four slices of bacon, enough to render at least 1 – 3 ounces of fat. Once the bacon has cooled a bit, pour off the fat from the pan. Pour 750 ml of bourbon into a non-porous container. Strain the 1 – 3 ounces of bacon fat into the container and infuse for four to six hours at room temperature. Place mixture in freezer until all the fat is solidified. With a slotted spoon, remove fat and strain mixture back into bottle. Pass bourbon through a coffee filter to remove sediment if desired.

Check out this video of Guy Fieri and Nick Kosevich on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. They make and drink Bacon-Infused Bourbon.

If you like the Classic Old Fashioned, Try one with Bacon Infused Bourbon.
In mixing glass, stir 2 ounces bacon-infused bourbon, maple syrup and bitters with ice. Strain into a chilled rocks glass filled with ice and garnish with an orange twist.

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Bacon Bourbon Ice Cream Is A Winner!

This recipe is from the Bacon Takedown in NYC. Mike O’Neil won the first place Audience Award for his Bacon Bourbon Ice Cream.

Mike O’Neill’s Bacon Bourbon Ice Creambaconicecream

1/2 lb bacon, sliced 1/4″ thick
1 cup brown sugar plus more to coat bacon
3 tablespoons butter
2 3/4 cups half and half
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 egg yolks
1/4 cup “good” Bourbon (Mike used Knob Creek)

Lay the bacon strips on a baking sheet lined with tin foil. Sprinkle enough brown sugar to cover each strip. Bake for 5-7 minutes at 350 degrees until the sugar starts to melt, about 5-7 minutes. Flip bacon slices and drag through the fat/sugar. Sprinkle with more brown sugar and bake for another 7-10 minutes until crisp. Place bacon on a wire rack until cool and chill completely in refrigerator.

In a heavy-bottomed pan, melt the butter over low heat. Add 1 1/2 cups of the half-and-half, 1 cup brown sugar and salt and just bring to a boil. Whisk egg yolks in a separate bowl and add a spoonful of the hot half-and-half mixture while whisking to temper. Repeat process a few more times. Add the egg yolk mixture to the half-and-half mixture in the pot and stir thoroughly. Add the Bourbon, and continue cooking until mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, stirring constantly. Strain into 1 1/4 cups of cold half-and-half. Whisk thoroughly, cover and chill in the refrigerator at least 6-8 hours (or overnight).

Chop the bacon strips into small pieces. Churn into ice cream following your ice cream maker’s direction, and add the bacon in the last minute of churning. Transfer ice cream to an airtight container and freeze a few hours before serving.


Recipe from: Not Eating Out in New York

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Classic Bourbon Sour Drink Recipe

Classic Bourbon Sour


  • 2 oz of your favorite Bourbon
  • 1 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp Superfine sugar (may substitute simple syrup)
  • Garnish: Marciano cherry and orange slice


  1. Shake all the ingredients in a shaker with ice and strain into a whiskey sour glass.
  2. Garnish with the fruits.

This is our favorite drink right now. Mix a few up and enjoy this holiday weekend!

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Bourbon Clubs And Societies: Learn The Speakeasy Knock


Are you a bourbon connoisseur and enjoy attending exclusive Bourbon events? If so, you may need to know the secret knock. Some distilleries have created special programs for their loyal customers and avid bourbon drinkers, but may not make them well known. These Bourbon Societies offer exclusive benefits to those who are in the know. If you want to receive invitations to private events, tastings, and tours as well as some occasional free swag, you should join some of these free clubs.

Heaven Hill’s Bardstown Bourbon Society

The Four Roses Mellow Moments Club

Maker’s Mark Ambassadors

Knob Creek Stillhouse

Wild Turkey Rare Breed Society

The following societies have been organized by individuals and are not sponsored by any one distillery  They may also charge a fee to become a member or participate in events. They offer discussions, meetings and tastings with fellow enthusiasts. Some are online forums that allow you to connect with others that share the same interests as you in Bourbon. There may be other small and regional clubs that promote a sense of community within the Bourbon world. Also check out the Events Calendar for more details about specific events. Let us know if you know of any clubs that have been left out or would like your event added to the calendar.

The Bourbon Society

New Orleans Bourbon Society

Straight Bourbon

Bourbon Enthusiast

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