Whiskey Business

Local Three Whiskey Tasting Series

Local Three is home to one of the largest and most diverse whiskey collections in the Southeast featuring more than 250 whiskies. Join us as we crack open our cellar for a bi-weekly guided tasting series. Sample whiskies from around the world and talk “whiskey business” with Whiskey Sommelier, Matt McIntyre.

Each tasting includes a whiskey cocktail, a flight featuring three 1-ounce pours and light snacks from the kitchen. Sessions are limited to 12 seats per tasting to allow for more intimate group discussion and feature beginner and intermediate level experiences.

Already a big whiskey fan?
Dive deeper with a selection of unique variations from brands you love. Make sure to check out the “Baller Tastings” to get your hands on some of our most rare and aged goods.

Just getting into whiskey?
Our tastings offer one-on-one time with our whiskey sommelier for an introduction into the discovery of palate preferences and guidance in distinguishing variations between styles.

RESERVE YOUR SEATS 
Email matt@localthree.com with preferred date(s) and party details to book.

SCHEDULE + PRICING
All tastings include a cocktail, three 1-ounce pours and snacks unless otherwise specified.

Classic Wheated Mash Bourbon Whiskey
Rye, hearty and robust in nature, is the classic secondary grain when it comes to producing bourbon. By comparison, wheat is a delicate grain, requiring meticulous care when heavily integrated in a distiller’s mash. When crafted with precision, the result is a whiskey that is smooth and mellow. Maker’s Mark brought it successfully to market, W.L. Weller & Sons and legendary Van Winkle Family brought it fame. In this tasting, we will sit deep and indulge in whiskies created in this fashion.

March 8, 6:30pm
Refined Tasting – $18.03
Weller Special Reserve
David Nicholson 1843
Wathen’s Single Barrel

March 21, 6:30pm – SOLD OUT
Perfected Tasting – $24.03
Bernheim Wheat Whiskey
Old Forrester Signature B.I.B
Weller Antique 107

Email Bourbon Evangelist, Matt McIntyre, at matt@localthree.com to reserve your seats today!

Classic High-Rye Mash Bourbon Whiskey
Rye, unlike wheat, is bold and unapologetic. A hearty grain, it flourishes in even the most extreme conditions. Characteristically, high rye bourbons are robust and complex, with eccentric spice notes which linger beautifully. A classic style of bourbon, beloved by new and seasoned drinkers alike.

April 4, 6:30pm
Inspired Tasting – $18.03
Russell’s Reserve 10 Year
Knob Creek Small Batch
Henry McKenna 10 Year B.I.B.

April 18, 6:30pm – SOLD OUT
Enlightened Tasting – $26.03
Four Roses Single Barrel
Blanton’s, The Original Single Barrel
E.H. Taylor Small Batch B.I.B.

Email Bourbon Evangelist, Matt McIntyre, at matt@localthree.com to reserve your seats today!

American Spirit Works Whiskies
American Spirit Works (ASW), Atlanta’s first and only legal distillery was founded by two home-grown Georgia boys and a self-taught brew master turned craft spirit distiller. Whiskey and brandy purists at heart, the proprietors of ASW honor tradition with respect to old school distillation knowledge and practices yet embrace innovation through ceaselessly experimenting with unique mash-bills, distillation, and aging techniques. Through tireless effort and a passionate devotion, ASW evolved from a simple start-up to an industry leader in Georgias rapidly evolving craft spirits market.

May 2, 6:30pm
Crafted with Character, Malted Whiskey Tasting – $30.03
Resurgens Rye
Duality, Double Malt
Ameireaganach Single Malt

Tickets Required for May 2 Tasting
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BALLER TASTING: Modern Legends

These three rare and limited releases are statement pieces from a few of America’s top distilleries, created meticulously to reflect the craftsmanship of the Master Distiller. Prepare to go down the rabbit hole and enjoy a selection of some the best whiskies we’ve had the pleasure to add to our collection.

May 16, 6:30pm
$65.03
E.H. Taylor Four Grain
Wild Turkey Tradition, 14 Year
Four Roses, Al Young 50th Anniversary Edition

Email Bourbon Evangelist, Matt McIntyre, at matt@localthree.com to reserve your seats today!

Wine Cask Finished American Whiskies
For centuries, Scotch distilleries have aged and finished their whiskies in wine casks in order to consistently create unique and delicious flavor profiles. In America, this recently has become a popular trend among distillers. While still typically aged for at least two years in the traditional charred white American oak barrels, a wine barrel finish will typically result in extra depth and complexity for your sipping pleasure.

June 6, 6:30pm
Inspired Tasting – $21.03
Angel’s Envy Port Cask
Belle Meade Madeira Cask
James E. Pepper Rye, Sherry Cask

June 20, 6:30pm
Enlightened Tasting – $33.03
Breckenridge Port Cask
Hillrock Solera Aged, 20 Year Oloroso Sherry Finish
Angel’s Envy Rye, Caribbean Rum Cask

Email Bourbon Evangelist, Matt McIntyre, at matt@localthree.com to reserve your seats today!

American Straight Rye Whiskies
You simply can’t beat a classic. Straight rye whiskey has been American staple since fueling our Founding Fathers to rise above oppression and fight in the name of liberty herself. A modern favorite among distillers, bartenders, and whiskey connoisseurs. It is your patriotic duty to enjoy such fine flavors and indulge yourself in the same fashion as your forefathers.

July 3, 6:30pm
Pioneer Tasting – $21.03
Michter’s Single Barrel Rye
Russel’s Reserve Six Year Rye
Knob Creek Rye

July 18, 6:30pm
Men of Substance Tasting – $33.03
E.H. Taylor Single Barrel Rye B.I.B.
Pikesville 110 Straight Rye
Whistlepig “Gunga Galunga”

Email Bourbon Evangelist, Matt McIntyre, at matt@localthree.com to reserve your seats today!

BALLER TASTING: From the Cellars of David Pickerell
Dave Pickerell is one America’s most renowned distillers. He started his career at Jim Beam and launched Maker’s Mark to the commercial success that it holds to this day. Today, the WhistlePig Distillery in Vermont, and the Hillrock Distillery in Hudson Valley, New York, produce some of the best whiskey in the world, a few of which we will sip and savor in this tasting.

August 1, 6:30pm
$100.03
Hillrock Double Barrel Rye (1oz.)
Whistlepig Old World (1 oz.)
Whistlepig 15 Year (1 oz.)
Whistlepig Boss Hog, Part 3, The Independent (1/2 oz.)
Whistlepig Boss Hog, Part 4, The Black Prince (1/2 oz.)

Beam Global Tasting
The Man, The Legend. Jim Beam is the highest selling brand of bourbon in the world. For over 200 years, its legacy has been one rooted in simplicity and respect for tradition, yet bold in its pursuit of their simple goal: to make the best bourbon in the world. The story began in 1795 when Jacob Beam, son of a German immigrant, started selling the corn-whiskey recipe created by his father. The legendary Booker Noe and his son Fred Noe carried the family tradition into the modern era, revolutionizing the industry along the way. Through the distillery’s evolution over the course of seven generations and countless challenges, Jim Beam is now recognized as one the most prestigious distilleries in the world.

August 15, 6:30pm
Legend of Jacob Beam Tasting – $14.03
Jim Beam Double Oak
Jim Beam Black Label, Eight Year
Jim Beam B.I.B

Email Bourbon Evangelist, Matt McIntyre, at matt@localthree.com to reserve your seats today!

Beam Global Tasting
The Man, The Legend. Jim Beam is the highest selling brand of bourbon in the world. For over 200 years, its legacy has been one rooted in simplicity and respect for tradition, yet bold in its pursuit of their simple goal: to make the best bourbon in the world. The story began in 1795 when Jacob Beam, son of a German immigrant, started selling the corn-whiskey recipe created by his father. The legendary Booker Noe and his son Fred Noe carried the family tradition into the modern era, revolutionizing the industry along the way. Through the distillery’s evolution over the course of seven generations and countless challenges, Jim Beam is now recognized as one the most prestigious distilleries in the world.

September 5, 6:30pm
Spirit of Booker Noe Tasting – $24.03
Knob Creek Small Batch
Baker’s 107
Booker’s, Uncut and Unfiltered

High West Distillery Tasting
Advertised as the world’s only ski-in distillery, High West is located in Park City Utah, an eclectic, artistic enclave located right outside of Salt Lake City. Known for copper pot distilling rye whiskey in small batches and unique barrel finishing techniques, many of their limited releases are highly sought after by collectors.

September 18, 6:30pm
Prickly Prairie Tasting – $24.03
High West Double Rye
High West Rendezvous Rye
High West Son of Boo Rye

Email Bourbon Evangelist, Matt McIntyre, at matt@localthree.com to reserve your seats today!

High West Distillery Tasting
Advertised as the world’s only ski-in distillery, High West is located in Park City Utah, an eclectic, artistic enclave located right outside of Salt Lake City. Known for copper pot distilling rye whiskey in small batches and unique barrel finishing techniques, many of their limited releases are highly sought after by collectors.

October 3, 6:30pm
The Jackalope, A Limited Sighting Tasting – $36.03
High West Bourye
High West Yippee-ki-yay
High West Campfire Whiskey

The Willet Distillery Tasting
Small in Stature, Mighty in Spirit. The Willet Distillery has been an independent, family owned distillery for over 80 years. While compared to most Bourbon Trail distilleries, Willet is relatively small in stature, producing limited batches of whiskey on farmstead operation in Bardstown, Kentucky. Yet what it lacks in size, it makes up for with its rich history and fantastic whiskey.

October 17, 6:30pm
Willet Distillery, Small in Stature, Mighty in Spirit. A Family Tasting – $22.03
Johnny Drum Private Selection
Rowan’s Creek
Noah’s Mill

Email Bourbon Evangelist, Matt McIntyre, at matt@localthree.com to reserve your seats today!

Michter’s Distillery Tasting, A Tale of American Heritage and Innovation
A Pre-Revolutionary War Legacy, Modern Day Innovation. In 1753, a family of Swiss Mennonites known as the Shenk’s (later known as the Bomberger’s) settled in Schaefferstown, Pennsylvania. An Old-World distillation methodology and an abundance of hearty, locally grown rye grain led to the creation of a distinctly unique whiskey that is rumored to have even fueled George Washington’s rebel soldiers to victory. This rustic yet elegant style has survived the test of time to much critical acclaim. Throughout the course of over 260 years, the distillery has changed ownership and locations many times. Now located in a state-of-the-art facility in Louisville, Kentucky, the Michter’s legacy endures thanks to Master Distiller Pam Heilmann and her team’s uncompromising dedication to whiskey excellence.

November 7, 6:30pm
U.S. Number 1 Series Tasting – $28.03
Michter’s Small Batch Bourbon
Michter’s American Unblended
Michter’s Sour Mash
Michter’s Single Barrel Rye

BALLER TASTING: Michter’s Limited Release Tasting

November 21, 6:30pm
$100.03
1/2 ounce each due to bottle cost and rarity
Michter’s 10 Year Single Barrel Rye
Michter’s 10 Year Single Barrel Bourbon
Michter’s 20 Year Single Barrel Bourbon
Michter’s 25 Year Single Barrel Bourbon

Email Bourbon Evangelist, Matt McIntyre, at matt@localthree.com to reserve your seats today!

Irish Potstill, Whiskey Origins Tasting
It is believed that the Irish Celts were the first to distill a grain spirit from grains.The word “whiskey” itself is attributable to the Irish Celtic term usage baugh (pronounced whis-geh-BAW), which means “water of life.” The Irish can also be attributed to inventing many of the techniques that are used to produce whiskey to this day. Generally, Irish whiskey is soft, floral, and delicate. Sessionable and light on the palate. A delicious treat for any true whiskey lover.

December 5, 6:30pm
$24.03
Lord Lieutenant Kinahan’s
Glendalough
Redbreast 12 Year

Japanese Whisky, Umami
Originally modeled after the Highland Malts of Scotland, Japanese whisky makers combined classic malt distillation of Japanese grains with modern innovation and quickly rose to critical acclaim. Japanese whisky’s flavor reflects both its unique terroir and culinary style. Rich and savory. Smokey and sweet.

December 19, 6:30pm
$28.03
Hibiki Japanese Harmony
Nikka Coffee Grain Malt
Yamazaki 12 Year

Email Bourbon Evangelist, Matt McIntyre, at matt@localthree.com to reserve your seats today!

Old Forrester Whiskey Row Series Tasting
Old Forrester, owned by the bourbon powerhouse Brown Forman, is the longest running bourbon on the market today (approximately 148 years as of 2018) and was the first bourbon sold exclusively in sealed bottles. To celebrate their storied history, Master Distiller Chris Morrison decided to release three unique batches, each reflective of the style that would have been produced during some of the most significant time periods of the distillery.

January 2, 2019 – 6:30pm
$25.03
O.F. 1870, Original Batch
O.F. 1897, B.I.B.
O.F. 1920, Prohibition

Heaven Hill Distillery Tasting
Bold and Daring, An American Enterprise. The company originally known as the “Old Heavenhill Springs” distillery was established in 1935 by a group of Bardstown-area investors and the five Shapira brothers at the height of the Great Depression. With no initial inventory and only a handful of knowledgeable employees, the distillery began as an incredibly risky start-up venture and proved to be a miraculously lucrative investment for the Shapiro family. Today, Heaven Hill is one of the largest independent, family-owned and operated distilleries in the country and the second largest holder of aging bourbon whiskey in the world with an inventory in excess of 1,300,000 barrels.

January 16, 2019 – 6:30pm
Heaven Hill, Evan Williams Tasting – $14.03
White Label, B.I.B.
1783, Ten Year
Single Barrel 2009 Vintage

Email Bourbon Evangelist, Matt McIntyre, at matt@localthree.com to reserve your seats today!

Heaven Hill Distillery Tasting
Bold and Daring, An American Enterprise. The company originally known as the “Old Heavenhill Springs” distillery was established in 1935 by a group of Bardstown-area investors and the five Shapira brothers at the height of the Great Depression. With no initial inventory and only a handful of knowledgeable employees, the distillery began as an incredibly risky start-up venture and proved to be a miraculously lucrative investment for the Shapiro family. Today, Heaven Hill is one of the largest independent, family-owned and operated distilleries in the country and the second largest holder of aging bourbon whiskey in the world with an inventory in excess of 1,300,000 barrels.

February 6, 2019 – 6:30pm
Heaven Hill, Bourbon Legends Tastings – $18.03
Larceny Small Batch
Elijah Craig Small Batch
Henry McKenna 10 Year, B.I.B.

BALLER TASTING Heaven Hill, The Evangelist

February 20, 2019 – 6:30pm
$85.03
1/2 ounce each due to bottle cost and rarity
Elijah Craig 18 Year Single Barrel
Elijah Craig 20 Year Single Barrel
Elijah Craig 21 Year Single Barrel
Elijah Craig 23 Year Single Barrel

Email Bourbon Evangelist, Matt McIntyre, at matt@localthree.com to reserve your seats today!