Please join us on 11/5/2016 in celebrating his Golden Anniversary and honoring Jim Rutledge and his 50 years of contribution to American Whiskey. Proceeds from this event will go to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, a foundation that is personally important to Jim and his family.

The event will be MC’d by Fred Minnick with special guest appearances from industry titans along with a host of exclusive whiskies for tasting (details forthcoming). The night will also feature a silent auction of great Bourbons, Ryes, Whiskeys and other surprises for collectors and connoisseurs. The event will be held at Mint Julep Tours Headquarters, 1631 Mellwood Avenue, Louisville, KY.

Jim Rutledge’s career has spanned 50 Years in this great industry. His longevity is a sign of the quality and care he has put into his work for all of us to share. Join us in recognizing these great achievements and help support the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation as much as Jim has given to all of his fans and followers.

Two ticket options are available for this fantastic event, with all proceeds going to the CCFA. Ticket purchase includes entry to the After Party.

**Gold Tickets are SOLD OUT**
Gold Ticket Includes 1/2 oz pours of:
– Four Roses 17 Year Gift Shop
– LeNells Red Hook Rye
– Charbay 73.5% Private Barrel Selected by Bourbon Crusaders

Main event (Gold and Silver Ticket) includes a special Welcome Pour as well as 5 ½ oz pours of the following:
– choice of Bookers 25th or Bookers Rye
– Four Roses 125th 2013 Small Batch Limited Edition
– choice of a selection of Four Roses Private Barrels Recipes selected by Bourbon Crusaders
– choice of Makers Mark 46 KDA or Woodford Masters Brandy Finish
– Willett WFE
– 2016 Angels Envy Cask Strength

*choice between bottles is based on availability. 50 pours at 1/2 oz per bottle.

After Party (3 1/2 oz pours)
– Silver Dollar Private FR and/or selection of Bourbon Crusaders Private Barrel FR
– Heaven Hill “Special” Bottle

Door Prizes

Item Description Donated By
Four Roses Lineup Gift Basket Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon, Small Batch Bourbon and Yellow Label Bourbon with a leather coaster set, EZ fill flask, stainless whiskey stones, branded notebook and barrel USB drive. Four Roses Distillery
Four Roses 125th Gift Set Commemorative Four Roses Single Barrel 100 Proof OBSK, aged 7 years (Warehouse ME, Barrel No. 7-3Q), alongside two Four Roses commemorative rocks glasses. Alec Palsgraff
Balcones Rumble Chip Tate-era Balcones Rumble. Defying categorization both in its composition and its reception, Rumble is a curious twist on spirit styles from around the world. Crafted from fermented Texas wildflower honey, Mission figs and turbinado sugar, it is twice distilled in traditional copper pots then artfully matured in premium oak casks. The result is an elegant and distinctive spirit that epitomizes the independent spirit of Balcones. James Sendon
Bourbon Crusaders Four Roses OBSF Private Selection Four Roses Single Barrel selected by the Bourbon Crusaders with Jim Rutledge in April 2015. OBSF, 11 yr., 2 mo., 59.3% ABV, from warehouse GW-81-4K. Pat Shea

Auction Items

Item Description Donated By
Parker Beam’s sample bottle of Unity Bourbon Rarer than rare. This is a sample bottle from the famed 2013 “Unity Bourbon” blended by Parker Beam from seven major distilleries in Kentucky showing the unique brotherhood of master distillers. The labeled crystal decanter set of Unity Bourbon has sold at auction for $10,000, but this no-frills version is arguably even more valuable. Heaven Hill
Four Roses Limited Edition Gift Pack 2015 Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon (Jim Rutledge’s last Limited Edition) alongside two glencairn glasses, a sterling cut ice bucket, and coasters. Four Roses Distillery
Four Roses Limited Edition + Icons Gift Basket Icons of Whisky Bourbon (a 2015 Private Barrel Selection from Jim Rutledge and Whiskey Magazine); 2012 and 2013 Limited Edition Small Batch alongside two glencairn glasses and two sterling rocks glasses. Four Roses Distillery
Dry 85 High West Private Selection High West American Prairie Barrel Aged Manhattan Finish Dry 85 Private Selection. Dry 85
Bourbon Crusaders Knob Creek Private Selection Knob Creek Single Barrel selected by the Bourbon Crusaders in April 2015 for Loch & K(e)y. Barreled March 2, 2005 and bottled April 10, 2015 (10 yr., 1 mo.) from the sixth floor of warehouse K. Barrel strength of 136.8, proofed down to 120 proof. Brian Haara
Scotch, Scotch, Scotch For the Scotch fan – An exclusive three bottle Scotch Lot:

  • Glenmorangie Duthac (Travel Retail Exclusive)
  • Glenmorangie Dornoch (Travel Retail Exclusive)
  • Ardbeg Supernova 2014 Committee Release
James Sendon
Four Roses 2010 Limited Edition Small Batch Four Roses 2010 Limited Edition Small Batch, a magnificent blend of 15-year OBSV, 11-year OBSK, and 10-year OESK, bottled at barrel strength. Only 3,600 bottles were released six years ago, so this might be your only chance. Alan Ward
New Riff Distilling O.K.I. 10-year O.K.I. Straight Bourbon Whiskey Single Barrel, 10 Years Old, Barrel #79, bottled without chill filtration at full barrel proof (109.7 proof), Bottle #81/88. New Riff Distilling
iPad mini One iPad mini, 16 GB space, grey, wifi Tablet, for all of your wireless Bourbon-related needs. John Stotts
Yeti Cooler One Yeti Roadie 20 cooler, desert tan. Yetis can carry Bourbon too. John Stotts
High West Gift Shop 16-year Rye High West 16-year Rye, released in 2015. Gift-shop only release. A blend of Barton Rye and LDI Rye. Seth Glickman
Japanese market Johnny Drum Johnny Drum Japanese export Bourbon. Phil Cool
Black Maple Hill 16-year 16-year age-stated black label. Big Red Camaro
Black Maple Hill Small Batch Small Batch red label Big Red Camaro
Willett Family Estate Aged Truth “Aged Truth”, 11 year private Willett Barrel 806 Julio’s Liquors, Ryan Maloney
Willett Family Estate Wheated Patriot “Wheated Patriot”, 22 year private Willett Barrel C2D Howard Levinson
Willett Family Estate 22 year barrel B51 Drew Kulsveen, Willett Distillery
Willett Family Estate 22 year barrel C12B Drew Kulsveen, Willett Distillery
Wild Turkey Master’s Keep 17 years-old and hand-selected by Master Distiller Eddie Russell for its perfectly balanced flavor, Master’s Keep is the longest-aged whiskey released by Wild Turkey in the United States. Aged in both brick and wood rickhouses and at 86.8 proof, it starts out smooth and silky, transforms into a caramel, vanilla sweetness, and finishes with savory spiciness and oak. Wild Turkey Distillery

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Ticket Packages

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Plus Processing Fees
  • Event Ticket
  • Select 1/2 oz Pours 7-9 PM (specific bottles forthcoming)
  • Food, Beverage, and Cash Bar
  • $100 tax-deductible (CCFA receipt available)
  • Entry to After Party Including Toast
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