Featuring dinner at Holly Hill Inn & an exclusive tasting experience at Justins’ House of Bourbon, 5:30 -10:30pm

Friday Evening - Bourbon Excursion (Off-Site)

New for 2019, this offsite event was created for the Bourbon Country Burn rider who is also a die-hard whiskey fan! We’ve built an evening tour that explores the heart of the Bluegrass and offers an authentic Bourbon Country dining experience and a customized whiskey tasting featuring vintage pours from “dusty” bottles. If you’ve come to Kentucky seeking out a celebration of bourbon in all forms, this is an event that you won’t want to miss.  Due to the limited size of the venues and intimate nature of the experiences being offered, we’re opening this up to only a handful of guests on Friday evening. 

The New York Times once called Holly Hill Inn "a gem of a restaurant" and when you pull up the shady lane, you’ll quickly see why. Upon arrival, you’ll be treated to a custom-made welcome cocktail while enjoying some of the history and gorgeous features of the century’s old inn. Then, enjoy a prefix meal including appetizer, dessert and a well-stocked bourbon bar and wine list that’s second to none in Woodford County (vegetarian options available).

From there, you’ll travel to downtown Lexington to visit what may be the most unique liquor store in the country today: Justins’ House Of Bourbon. The House Of Bourbon opened just last year and makes use of a new Kentucky law that, for the first time, allows retailers to sell vintage, unopened bottles of bourbon. The result is a collection of bottles ranging from a bottling date of last month to over a hundred years ago! The House Of Bourbon is part museum, part store with a jaw-dropping collection of labels…and just about every bottle is for sale. Top it off with an incredibly knowledgeable staff who possess volumes of whiskey information and add an on-site bourbon bar with bottles dating back to the 1960’s, and you’ve got a truly one-of-a-kind experience.

As part of the experience, our guests will enjoy a tour of the store, plenty of opportunity to shop for bottles and a special visit to a section of the store that, well, let’s just say you won’t find this room on any building blueprints. We don’t want to say too much, but during this time you’ll sit and sip with one of Justins’ amazing, passionate hosts who will guide you through a tasting of four rare whiskeys, each of which comes from a distillery that has long since discontinued that brand or a special store pick/limited edition release that can’t be found anywhere! Bring your curiosity, your questions and an eager whiskey palette because your time at The House Of Bourbon will be full of bottles that even the biggest bourbon fanatic has never tasted…and perhaps has never even seen!

Experience Ticket Price: $344.50 (includes all taxes & fees).

Would you rather hear about this experience? We’ll tell you all about it in this short 2 minute video below:

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