Kentucky Derby Museum to Host Buffalo Trace Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley February 5th Legends Series Tasting Event

Kentucky Derby Museum to Host Buffalo Trace Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley February 5th Legends Series Tasting Event

Louisville, KY (January 13, 2014) – With its latest “Legends Series” event, the Kentucky Derby Museum features rare bourbons and Buffalo Trace Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley February 5, 5:30 – 7:30 P.M.

Hosted by the museum’s “Bourbon Authority” and noted whiskey author Fred Minnick, the Legends Series is an ongoing series that celebrates bourbon, its culture, the people, and of course, the liquid gold inside the bottle. Wheatley is the third legend to be honored for the 2014-15 season. Minnick will interview Wheatley in a journalistic talk show style, and lead the audience in a tasting that includes extremely hard-to-find Eagle Rare 17 and George T. Stagg, Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, and E.H. Taylor Jr.

Despite his youth, Wheatley is a legend and has created some of the greatest bourbons of the past 25 years.

“I’m looking forward to interviewing Harlen in front of a live audience and asking him questions about his career and Buffalo Trace,” Minnick says. “One thing I plan to ask Harlen: Why does a bourbon master distiller have a vodka named after him? That should be interesting.”

Wheatley’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. Wheatley has worked in every aspect of production from raw materials to barrel aging, and as Master Distiller, Harlen has driven many initiatives, including solidifying standards and consistency, quality focus and efficiency gains.

Attendees will also be able to purchase a bottle of Buffalo Trace, E. H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel bourbon with an opportunity to have it signed and personalized by Harlen Wheatley.

Tickets include tastings, an informative discussion and appetizers. Purchase tickets at the Kentucky Derby Museum, the website at or by calling 502-992-5903. Tickets are $50 per person and $45 for Museum Members.

Other Legends Series events include: Bill Samuels, chairman emeritus for Makers Mark, June 4, 2015; and Mike Veach, renowned bourbon historian and author, Aug. 6, 2015.

# # # About Kentucky Derby Museum The Kentucky Derby Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit museum in Louisville, KY dedicated to sharing the fun of the Kentucky Derby experience.