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    Louisville is the absolute best place on Earth to be if you want to learn about bourbon.  Not only do we have distilleries and the Urban Bourbon Trail, we also have multiple opportunities for bourbon education on a regular basis.

    One of the many excellent bourbon education series in Louisville is the Kentucky Derby Museum’s Legends Series hosted by Bourbon Authority Fred Minnick.  Minnick’s journalistic-style Q&A sessions get to the heart of bourbon’s history with the people who have made it.  Last year Minnick hosted such greats as Ed Foote and Jimmy Russell.  The next session on February 5 will welcome Buffalo Trace’s Harlen Wheatley.

    According to the event page, “Harlen joined the Distillery as a supervisor in 1995. Not long after, the Distillery was re-christened and the flagship Buffalo Trace Bourbon was introduced. It marked a new era in the Distillery's esteemed history and Harlen continued to make his mark as he was promoted to Distillery Manager in 2000.

    Harlen was named Master Distiller in 2005, becoming Buffalo Trace's sixth Master Distiller since the Civil War. Having worked in every aspect of production from raw materials to barrel aging, as Master Distiller, Harlen has driven many initiatives, including solidifying standards and consistency, quality focus and efficiency gains. He is active in overseeing a number of distilling and aging operations in various locations, all while promoting and educating the public on some of the world's finest bourbon whiskeys.”

    Tickets to this event are limited and cost $50 apiece.  Click here for tickets to the Kentucky Derby Museum’s Legends Series.

    Photos Courtesy of The Kentucky Derby Museum Legends Series

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    About Maggie Kimberl

    I'm a Louisville native with a passion for traveling and homegrown tomatoes. I write the bourbon news, which keeps me plenty busy since Louisville is the center of the bourbon universe. See bourbon news happening? Contact me on Twitter @LouGirl502!

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