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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Parent's Night Out! Review of Bourbon Tasting at The Oakroom

What a great night of Bourbon tasting! Not knowing any of Bourbon’s history or craftsmanship and being new to Louisville, my husband and I were invited to use a prize won by a friend to attend the April 20, 2012 installment of the Fun with Wine & Food Series at the five diamond restaurant, The Oakroom, in the Seelbach Hotel in downtown Louisville. We sat in the Capone Room for an introduction to Kentucky bourbon, which began at 6pm. Ben Smith, a local distributor with Brown-Forman, gave a wonderful history lesson on Kentucky Bourbons and talked about some of the offerings. The Bourbons featured were: Early Times; Old Forrester; Woodford Reserve; and Woodford Reserve Double Oaked. We had almonds to cleanse our pallets between tastings, as well as very light snacks of a small piece of cheese and a bacon wrapped fig.

PhotobucketThe atmosphere was beautiful, elegant, nostalgic, and extremely inviting! The Oakroom had a great ambiance and the staff was top notch and will definitely bring my husband and me back. The parking was great as there were options to park along the street where you do not have to pay after 6 p.m. or using the complimentary valet parking, where they validate your normally $20 valet ticket as part of the cost for the event.

Coming straight from work on a Friday evening, I would like to have seen a little more appetizers or receive an invitation to stay and have appetizers and bourbon because we walked away feeling a little hungry. It was great to go out with my husband and learn the history of Bourbon but there wasn't much time to visit with him after the tasting, which lasted about two hours.

It was perfect timing for learning about and tasting Bourbon, since it's Derby season.  We ended with a crafted bourbon cocktail. My husband and I look forward to going back to enjoy a whole meal and sampling some of the more than 40 Bourbons offered at this fine restaurant. The next installment in this Food and Wine Series is on May 18, 2012 and covers Rosé, what they are calling the ultimate wine of summer. Sounds great! See  The Oakroom's website for more details on their food and wine series.

By guest contributor: Tammy

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