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The Bourbon Lodge at Forecastle

The Bourbon Babe stopped by the Bourbon Lodge at Forecastle this weekend to participate in Sunday evening’s Speakeasy. Festival organizers paired with the Kentucky Distillers’ Association in this, the Lodge’s second year, to increase the number of participating distillers from three to 12. I…

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Sad news in the bourbon world

  One of the true bourbon greats is no longer with us. Elmer T. Lee, master distiller emeritus at Buffalo Trace Distillery, passed away this morning at the age of 93. Elmer T. Lee is widely credited with saving the struggling bourbon industry…

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Happy Birthday, Kentucky!

Today is Statehood Day in Kentucky, which was the 15th state admitted to the Union on June 1, 1792 (although technically we are a commonwealth and not a state). What better way to celebrate than with a toast of 1792…

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TheBourbonBabe

Carla Carlton, “The Bourbon Babe,” is an award-winning bourbon journalist based in her home state of Kentucky, which produces 95 percent of America’s native spirit. Stay tuned with us as we transform the site – currently under construction! More to…

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Have a cocktail, Old Sport

Baz Luhrmann’s 3D version of “The Great Gatsby” opened this weekend, and earlier this week, Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald-Leader had a nice story about the novel’s ties to Louisville – Daisy Buchanan is from the city, and she marries Tom…

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Bourbon Classic to return in 2014

The Bourbon Classic, a weekend of cocktails, culinary delights, bourbon tasting and education, will return to the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 2014. Like this year’s inaugural event, the 2014 Classic will again include a…

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87 bottles of bourbon on the wall

“Kentucky’s Mash Appeal.” That’s how the Kentucky Distillers’ Association billed the bourbon and whiskey options from the Kentucky Bourbon Trail that were offered at a Derby Eve soiree at the Governor’s Mansion on Friday night. There really were 87 – although you had…

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Hello, Mudder

Today is the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby. Just before the race, thousands of people will sing our state song, “My Old Kentucky Home” – you know, the one that begins, “The sun shines bright on my Old Kentucky Home.” Well, someone…

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Good advice as we approach Saturday’s 139th running of the Kentucky Derby.