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The 2017 Nashville Whiskey Festival will be held on:

October 14th, 2017


The Omni Hotel Ballroom

250 5th Ave South

Nashville, TN, 37203



Parking is available in the Music City Center paid garage, as well as throughout the downtown area. Visit parkitdowntown.com for more information.

corkdorks wine, spirits, and beer

and Harlen Wheatley


Pappy Van Winkle


Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Tasting Event

Once-in-a-lifetime tasting experience

Thursday, October 12th, 2017; 6-9pm

Harlen Wheatley, Buffalo Trace Master Distiller

Join the Corkdorks for what is now a very rare opportunity indeed: to taste through the full lineups of the legendary Buffalo Trace Antique Collection and the holy grail of whiskey, Pappy Van Winkle.

The Antique Collection was introduced more than a decade ago and has become a cult favorite among whiskey connoisseurs. Since 2000 these whiskeys have garnered numerous awards from across the industry, and have become some of the rarest and most expensive whiskeys in production.

In the world of whiskey, Pappy Van Winkle needs no introduction. These wheated bourbons have been showered with almost every imaginable accolade, and their rarity is unmatched.

Harlen Wheatley was named Mater Distiller of the year in 2016. Harlen’s formal education in chemistry and chemical engineering brought him to Buffalo Trace Distillery, but it’s the on-the-job experience that led him to become the resident Master Distiller in 2005.

Harlen will lead us through a detailed tasting of both the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection and the full stable of Pappy Van Winkle Whiskeys:

  • George T. Stagg
  • Sazerac Rye 18-Year-Old
  • William Larue Weller
  • Thomas H. Handy-Sazerac
  • Eagle Rare 17-Year-Old
  • Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye
  • Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year
  • Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Year
  • Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year
  • Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year
  • Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year


First 30 tickets: $300/Person

Last 30 tickets: $500/Person

Limited to 60 tickets

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Bring your friends for a perfect Girls Night Out. This is a stellar lineup for networking, mingling with other ladies in the Nashville area, food, live music, whiskey and bourbon tasting.....

Leading this incredible Girls Night Out...

Moderator, researcher, and author: Carry Ann Fuller, she writes about who and what is happening in the world of whiskey under Straight Up 615,

LeNell Camacho Santa Ana has contributed to the whiskey industry as a writer, educator, entrepreneur, brand owner, and consultant.   

Britt Chavanne, Vice President Willett Distillery, Britt and her brother Drew represent the family’s fifth generation to work at the Willett Distillery since its construction in 1936

Allisa Henley former Master Distiller at George Dickel, currently Master Distiller at  Sazerac of TN.

Linda Ruffenach, Founder of Whisky Chicks- Linda is a businesswoman, entrepreneur, and the founder of Whisky Chicks. She believes that sharing a glass of bourbon and learning about America’s native spirit are great common denominators to bring people together. Ruffenach takes pride in creating experiences that make learning about Kentucky bourbon approachable, fun, and informative. Her sense of community and commitment to paying it forward drive her to empower others to bring out their inner badass.

Angie Lunsford....North American Ambassador, Consultant, and Expert  Taster with Brown Forman

Lynne Tolley, Jack Daniels Ambassador, great-grandniece of the legendary Jack Daniels

JennyPennintgon, CO-Owner Speakeasy Distillery

Peggy Noe Stevens, Founder of Bourbon Women Association, she became the world’s first female Master Bourbon Taster in the industry and can trace her lineage back to some of the great bourbon making families in Kentucky. In 2008 Peggy fulfilled a long-time dream by starting her own company Peggy Noe Stevens & Associates.

          $60/ person

 (Tickets are going quickly)

Cigar and Scotch Pairing Event

Primings Cigar Lounge and Bar

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017; 6-9pm

No pairing is more legendary, yet so difficult to perfect, as the pairing of scotch and cigar. Let the experts guide you through a series of premium cigars accompanied by an array of premium scotches. The Balvenie, Glenfiddich, and Alec Bradley Cigars present this one-of-a-kind event at Primings Cigar Lounge and Bar.


Includes a selection of cigars paired with premium Scotches

Limited to 20 tickets

+ What are the dates and hours of the Festival?

The Nashville Whiskey Festival will be held on October 14, 2017 from 6:30pm-10:00pm. VIP admission is from 5:30pm-10pm.

+ Where is the festival being held?

The Nashville Whiskey Festival 2017 Grand Tasting will be held in the Grand Ballroom at the Omni Nashville Hotel at 250 5th Avenue South in downtown Nashville. The Grand Tasting only will be held at the Omni Nashville Hotel. For other events, please contact us: corkdorkevents@gmail.com.

+ Who should I contact with press inquiries?

All press inquiries should be directed to Darla Morrison

+ How much do tickets cost?

Saturday, October 14th, Grand Tasting – $100/person General Admission (6:30-10:00pm) $150/person VIP (5:30-10:00pm)

+ Are tickets refundable?

All ticket sales for the Nashville Whiskey Festival are final.

+ Is there parking available near the event space?

There is plenty of parking available for the festival. Attendees can use the paid parking facility at the Convention Center or other local parking venues. For more information about parking availability, please visit Parkitdowntown.com.

+ I will be attending Nashville Whiskey Festival but I do not live in Nashville. Where should I stay and what should I do in town when I am not at the Festival events?

The Omni Nashville Hotel is located in the heart of downtown Nashville (very close to the famous Honky Tonk Strip) and rooms are available at the Omni along with the many nearby downtown hotels. If you’re looking for some daytime activities to keep you occupied between whiskey tastings, the Nashville Guru has some excellent tips and visitors guides.

+ If I feel I cannot drive after the event will there be a shuttle or taxi service to take me home?

If after the Nashville Whiskey Festival you feel you are unable to get home safely, Uber Nashville is sponsoring a free ride for new customers (up to $25) and will be available to all. Taxis will be available to call as well. Please do not drive intoxicated!

+ Can I volunteer or help out at Nashville Whiskey Festival 2015?

There will be an opportunity for volunteers for the Grand Tasting on Saturday. If you are interested, please e-mail: corkdorkevents@gmail.com.

+ Can I bring a camera or a video camera to Nashville Whiskey Festival?

Sure! In fact, we would like you to encourage you to take as many photos and videos as you please, and we hope that you will be generous enough to share them with us! Please feel free to tag your posts with #nashvillewhiskeyfest on Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr, or send us a link on Twitter (@NashWhiskeyFest).

+ Will there be any rare and ultra premium whiskeys at the event?

Absolutely. The whiskey list for the 2017 Festival is coming soon!

+ Will there be anything to eat or drink at Nashville Whiskey Festival other than whiskey?

Yes. There will be complimentary drinking water and food during Nashville Whiskey Festival on Saturday.

+ Where do I purchase tickets?

You may purchase tickets here. You will get an e-ticket with purchase that must be printed out and brought to the festival.

+ Are children allowed at the festival?

Sorry, no children. All attendees must be 21-yrs or older. Everyone will need a valid ID to enter the festival.

+ May I bring a backpack with me?

Backpacks, briefcases, tote bags and the like are not allowed at the Nashville Whiskey Festival.

+ Are pets allowed?

We love our animals, but no pets will be allowed at the Nashville Whiskey Festival. Dogs, cats, birds and goldfish must be left at home…sorry.

+ When I find a bottle I love at the Nashville Whiskey Festival, can I buy it there?

Unfortunately, no, there will not be any whiskey for sale at the Whiskey Festival. If you find something you love, you certainly may purchase a bottle at your favorite local retailer (and by that we mean Midtown Wine & Spirits of course!). Please be aware that some bottles are very limited and don’t forget that the friendly staff at Midtown Wine & Spirits delights in entertaining special product orders.

+ Do I need to bring my own glass?

No, there will be glassware provided at the event.

+ How will I know where to go on Saturday to taste my favorite whiskies?

There will be a comprehensive tasting booklet with numbered table assignments in the Grand Tasting room, making it easy for you to make a beeline directly to your favorites.

+ Are there drink tickets or tokens at the event?

No, because we want people to enjoy their evening and drink at their leisure. Remember, this event is conducted for educational tasting purposes. Take your time, taste what you wish, but please drink responsibly.

+ How can I stay in touch?