It may not be happening in the Oval Office, but master distillers from Kentucky are making their way to Washington Tuesday to supply Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with a self-styled bourbon summit.
The participating purveryors, working in conjunction with the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship, loaded up the “Bourbon Barrel of Compromise” in Lexington, Ky., Monday and sent it on its way to D.C. for a planned reception/tasting event scheduled to take place at the historic Willard Hotel.
Barrel on its way pic.twitter.com/eBim59K60R — Janet Patton (@janetpattonhl) February 2, 2015
“It was a bourbon geek moment,” Kentucky Distillers’ Association President Eric Gregory said of the intoxicating feeling of watching the commemorative cask roll out on route to the nation's capital. Unlike the carefully curated mashup whiskey makers collaborated on at Mount Vernon several years back, Gregory explained that the booze sloshing around in the partially filled BBoC is just for show.
“We were literally just pouring in bottles,” he said of a blend fueled by contributions from Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Wild Turkey, Bulleit, Four Roses, Town Branch, Woodford Reserve, Michter’s and Heaven Hill.
During the event — the entire Kentucky delegation is invited, as are members of the Congressional Bourbon Caucus — the distillers plan to present McConnell with a decanter filled with the “unity bourbon” Heaven Hill created to honor its ALS-stricken distiller , Parker Beam. Other attendees will have to make do with the bourbon tasting expected to take place at the invite-only shindig.
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