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Firm Beverage Alcohol Team Co-Leader Seeks to Rekindle Hopes of a “Bourbon Summit”

03.23.2015

Remember the proposed “bourbon summit” between President Obama and U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell that had people talking last November that has since died out?

The Bourbon Society, a Louisville-based social club of bourbon connoisseurs, hopes to rekindle the buzz and get the ‘bourbon summit’ back on track.

At The Bourbon Society meeting on Monday, March 16, society president and BGD Beverage Alcohol Team Co-Leader Jeffrey A. McKenzie read a letter he sent to President Obama and Sen. McConnell regarding the summit.

In the letter, McKenzie addresses Sen. McConnell’s January statement on the challenges of selecting just one bourbon brand. He proposes that the Society personally sample bourbons from across the country in a blind taste test of sorts and provide a selected bourbon to “lubricate your continued discussions”.

"The identity of that selected bourbon will be kept absolutely confidential, and the selected product will be delivered to a person or location of your choosing in a decanter without any indication of the brand or origin of the spirit," he wrote.

Each of the remaining bourbons not selected would be poured into a commemorative decanter and auctioned to benefit local causes.

"We hope that, with our assistance, and the help of a little bourbon, the two of you will find success in your collective effort to build a better future for our country," the letter says.

The Bourbon Society is an association of bourbon enthusiasts and bourbon industry leaders. Monthly society meetings feature discussions with Master distillers and others in the spirits industry.


Read the letter here.

Read the Louisville Business First article discussing the letter here.

To learn more about Jeffrey A. McKenzie and his practice, please visit his profile.

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