Sip bourbon among retired race horses in Oldham County

Sip bourbon among retired race horses in Oldham County

TOURISM NOTE:  WLKY 32 ran a segment on Oldham County’s historic Hermitage Farm’s new Barn6 experience on Feb. 1, 2022. The goal of Barn6 was to create a space where guests could sit and sip bourbon while having a serious discussion on Kentucky’s favorite spirit in a unique atmosphere found only in Oldham County, KY!  Hermitage’s Bourbon Experience assembles Kentucky’s most sought-after bourbons all in one spot. Hermitage Farm, near Louisville, in Oldham County offers many interesting tours and distinctive events throughout the year. Visit Oldham County and experience bourbon, horses and art like no other place in Kentucky. Only in Oldham!

Feb 1, 2022


A new experience at Hermitage Farm allows guests to taste unique bourbon alongside unique company.

Retired Thoroughbreds will accompany visitors on bourbon tastings in the newly renovated Barn6.

“We just wanted a super unique, immersive space for guests to enjoy bourbon for one and talk with our tour guides and stewards about the history the culture the entire aura around bourbon as a whole,” said Tour and Tastings Director Barbara O’Connor.

It’s one of the oldest buildings on the 600-acre farm in Goshen.

It’s now equipped with electricity, heaters and tasting tables.

Future Prospect and Dubious Miss are retired racehorses that still call the barn home.

According to Louisville Business First, O’Connor said Hermitage Farm wanted to create a space where people could sit and talk intensely about bourbon in a uniquely Kentucky atmosphere.

“Future Prospect and Dubious Miss are accomplished racehorses, they’ve won $1 million between them, and it’s great to have them as members of our tasting team. To be able to open that barn door and just have these guys stick their heads out — and have lights and bourbon poured out — people love that,” O’Connor said.

The Bourbon Tastings at Barn 6 are held Wednesday through Saturday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

There are two levels of tastings — Standard Tasting and VIP. The Standard Tasting costs $25 and includes flights of mainstream products like Woodford Reserve, Old Forester, and Elijah Craig.

The VIP Tasting costs $50 and includes select flights of single barrel products like Russell’s Reserve Single-Barrel, Barrel Craft Spirits Private Release, and Peerless Rye Single Barrel Select.

On Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm., Hermitage Farm is offering a seasonal mixology class for $35.

The current class is “Build Your Own Old Fashioned,” but in April it will switch to the mint julep and in June the bourbon summer smash.

A Whiskey Files speaking series will also take place in Barn6.

Fourth-generation entrepreneur Corky Taylor, the sole proprietor of Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co., will be the speaker.

Each guest will get the chance to sample select whiskeys chosen by Taylor himself.

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