How to Taste

Conduct your own bourbon tasting.

Conduct your own bourbon tasting

  Fall arrived in Kentucky bearing a hint of chill in the air. Which, of course, makes me think of bourbon. While I enjoy bourbon year-round, I especially appreciate its warming qualities during the fall and winter. One of the … Read More

Four Jim Beam products, from left: Basil Hayden, Knob Creek, Baker's and Booker's.

Tasting bourbon the Booker Noe way

Jim Beam master distiller Fred Noe began a private tasting for members of the Bourbon Women Association (and a couple of spouses) by sharing the four-step bourbon-tasting process he learned from his father, Booker Noe: 1. Observe the color. Generally, the … Read More

‘Any Way She Likes It’

That was the name of an educational tasting session led by master taster Peggy Noe Stevens, founder of the Bourbon Women Association, at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown, Ky., on Friday. The sold-out event drew women (and a few … Read More

Notes on tasting, Part Two

I once had the great good fortune to participate as Chris Morris, master distiller for Woodford Reserve, created two Personal Selections for Bluegrass Hospitality Group. We started with 10 samples, narrowed that to four, combined those into six new blends and finally … Read More

Notes on tasting, Part One

If you’re just beginning to explore the wide world of bourbon, you may be a little intimidated. What’s the best way to get started? I asked Peggy Noe Stevens, the world’s first Master Bourbon Taster and the founder of the … Read More