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Buzzard’s Roost Whiskey Row Experience Opens In Downtown Louisville

Bourbon enthusiasts can visit the new Buzzard’s Roost Whiskey Row Experience in Downtown Louisville, Kentucky, which just opened recently.

A statement from Buzzard’s Roost explains that their Whiskey Row Experience stands out for its emphasis on education about the art and science of whiskey, especially about secondary maturation in proprietary barrels, which is a hallmark of Buzzard’s Roost.

“This is a big step for us,” said Judy Hollis Jones, Buzzard’s Roost co-founder and CEO. “When we decided to open on Whiskey Row, we wanted the experience to go beyond the expected, like our whiskeys.”

Buzzard's Roost Whiskey Row Experience
Bourbon enthusiasts can visit the new Buzzard’s Roost Whiskey Row Experience in Downtown Louisville, Kentucky, which just opened recently. (image via Buzzard’s Roost)

“We’ll offer interactive classes for those who want to go deep into the how’s and why’s of bourbon and rye and craft cocktails, and during our tours, visitors will learn how our secondary maturation brings complex and rare flavor combinations to our whiskeys,” she added.

Bourbon expert and author Susan Reigler created three whiskey classes, and author and whiskey educator Heather Wibbels developed three hands-on cocktail classes, for the new experience. Each class includes tastings and will be taught by trained whiskey guides.

The 6,000-square-foot space in Downtown Louisville also has a 75-gallon Vendome pot still that can make up to seven barrels of new-make bourbon or rye a week. Hollis Jones noted that this complements Buzzard’s Roost’s sourced whiskeys, which are currently re-barreled and bottled at Bardstown Bourbon Company in Bardstown, Kentucky.

Tasting flights and cocktails will be available at the bar, and Buzzard’s Roost whiskeys and other merchandise are for sale.

To celebrate the grand opening, Buzzard’s Roost just released three new, limited whiskeys: Founders’ Select 7-Year-Old Barrel Strength Bourbon ($125), Founders’ Select Single Barrel Rye ($75), and Founders’ Select Single Barrel Bourbon ($75).

“Each special release was hand-selected by Judy and me,” said Buzzard’s Roost Master Blender Jason Brauner. “We know how much people love finding special bottles that can’t be found elsewhere, so we’ll introduce exclusives at the Whiskey Row Experience on a rotating basis.”

Visitors can sign up for classes, tours and tastings online at

Gary Carter

Gary Carter has been at the helm of metro newspapers, magazines, and television news programs as well as a radio host and marketing manager. He is a writer/editor/photographer/designer by trade, with more than 30 years experience in the publishing and marketing field. Gary enjoys working to build something great, whether that be a novel project, a start-up, an organization, a fresh-face to the journalistic world, or even something as simple as a short story. A native Texan and a Pacific Northwest convert, he is a whiskey enthusiast who cut his teeth on it ... literally!

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