Ok. I've met the man. He is most assuredly not a hipster. He retired from Brown Forman a few years ago. His son convinced him to set up Louisville Distillery and be the Master Distiller there. Seems there is going to be a resurgence in the old whiskey street in Louisville. There are plans for an Urban Bourbon Trail in the city. He really knows his stuff with bourbon too. He seemed to not care for the big bourbon "factories" as he called them, Beam and Buffalo Trace. He did like the smaller ,unique distillers,Makers Mark, Four Roses and Heaven Hill. He's also happy to see what he called "an almost micro-brewery boom in the small artisan distillers."
Listening to him talk about Woodford Reserve though, my God, that was a labor of love for him. His dream was to take one of the formerly grand old small time distilleries , now fallen to disrepair, and restore it to it's former glory. Making bourbon the right way. He talked about being there every week to see things put in right and restored to what in his mind was the only way bourbon should be made. He had to fight a lot of battles with the powers that be at the Evil Empire to breathe life into it. It makes me feel a little bad for not buying any since I signed the petition. I'm against corporate greed in all it's forms, Brown Forman included. Hell, even though he worked for them, he just wanted to make good bourbon.
All in all one hell of a nice guy.
Now for the bourbon. Well, I'm not very eloquent with these sort of things. It was good. Damn good. Smooth and different, the port casks do something to the flavor and color. Hell I don't know how to describe it. Try some. I think you'll like it. If i had to sum it up in one word...I'd say Sultry. Like Billie Holiday sultry.
Bottle getting signed.
Photo op with the man.
Nice looking bottle.
The perfect spot. On the mantle in the den.
Don't bother trying to join the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. It turns out they're apparently against all three." — Wiley