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Garden & Gun Partners With Kentucky Distilleries To Offer A Week Of Bourbon Experiences

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Starting today (April 23rd, 2024), a week-long tourism experience will be held in Kentucky named Distilled. In partnership with Garden & Gun Magazine, distillers and tourism bureaus in Kentucky to offer a week of bourbon, music, food, and culture. 

Held in Kentucky’s Bourbon County, Distilled offers a host of experiences. Below are a few, selected experiences that will cater to the bourbon lovers among you. 

Garden & Gun Distilled Launch Party 

The Stitzel-Weller Distillery will kick off the week with a cocktail party held in the stunning gardens. Hosted by Garden & Gun editor-in-chief, David DiBenedetto, the party will include bourbon from Blade and Bow, whiskey cocktails, and live music from Brother Smith and The Local Honeys. 

There will also be food stations including Creole and Cajun cuisine from Lawrence Weeks, North of Bourbon, and Ensō. 

Various stalls will host local businesses selling everything from bath products to baked goods. 

Tickets cost $85 and can be purchased on the Garden & Gun website

Rise From The Ruins 

The Castle & Key Distillery is an iconic site, integral to bourbon history. 

On April 25th, the distillery will host an exclusive tour of the distillery hosted by Castle & Key co-founder Will Arvin and landscape designer Jon Carloftis. Guests will see the historic Warehouse B – the longest bourbon rickhouse in the world. 

This will be followed by cocktails in The Sunken Garden, which were, originally, lovingly designed by Colonel E.H. Taylor Jr. to reflect his travels in Europe. 

Then on to the Old Bottling Ruins for dinner. This experience showcases how Castle & Key stood abandoned for years before being resurrected. The stark contrast shows just how far the distillery has come, whilst also paying tribute to its roots. 

The dinner menu has been curated by Cooper Vaughan of The Apiary in Lexington. Featuring herbs from the gin garden and curated whiskey cocktail pairings, this is the ultimate bourbon dining experience.

Music will be provided by Hancock & Shouse. 

Tickets cost $350. Get yours now via Garden & Gun

Women of Whiskey 

The Yew Dell Botanical Gardens is hosting the Women of Whiskey event. Credit: Garden & Gun Magazine

The Yew Dell Botanical Gardens will play host to a tribute to women in whiskey. 

On April 25th Garden & Gun will bring together women of Kentucky to provide a curated menu of food, cocktails, and bourbon. 

Ouita Michel (owner of Honeywood restaurant) Sam Fore (owner of Tuk Tuk Snack Shop) and Sara Bradley (owner of freight house) will provide a range of cuisines and flavors for the guests. 

Also in attendance will be leading female voices in Kentucky’s bourbon industry including sisters Carrie Van Winkle Grenner and Louise Van Winkle Breen, owners of Pappy & Company. 

Marianne Eaves (Forbidden Bourbon), Jackie Zykan (HIdden Barn Whiskey), and Shaylyn Gammon (Blue Run Spirits) will use their expertise to offer bourbon pairings for the perfect refreshment in the Kentucky sun. 

Tickets for this afternoon of food, bourbon, and celebration of women in the industry cost $200. Get yours now

About Garden & Gun Magazine

“Garden & Gun” magazine, founded in 2007 in Charleston, South Carolina, artfully combines Southern culture with lifestyle elements. 

Named whimsically to reflect a ‘southern lifestyle’ rather than literal content, it covers a rich mix of topics from gardening, Southern cuisine, and travel to music and literature. 

Find out about all of the events on offer at Distilled here

Beth Squires

Beth joined Mark Littler Ltd full-time in October 2020 following the completion of her university degree. Since then she has gained wide-ranging knowledge of all things whisk(e)y, and has written extensively for both company and external publications. Beth is passionate about industry innovation, marketing, and sustainability. With a particular affinity for independently bottled rare scotch, Beth is also a whisky bottle investment specialist.

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