Jack Rose Premier Drams Whiskey Festival returns in 2022

Tickets on sale for June tasting event

Jack Rose Dining Saloon will host the third annual Premier Drams Whiskey Festival, a celebration of cask-strength, new and rare. Owner Bill Thomas is readying the June event, which will have 15+ curated stations of unique bourbons, ryes, scotches and international whiskeys, plus new bottle unveilings. Blind tastings are also in the works, and expect craft cocktails, distiller meet-and-greets and more.

The 2022 Jack Rose Whiskey Festival Premier Drams will start at 1 p.m. and wrap up at 4 p.m., Sunday, June 26. Thomas is thrilled, the restaurant said, to be able to bring back the popular tasting festival this year. The lively festivity was postponed from April 2020 due to the pandemic.

It’s a full-building takeover. All three floors of Jack Rose will see activity from the festival. The selection of oddities at the “not your average” whiskey festival will far surpass what one finds on liquor store shelves, the bar said in a statement.

Thomas commented, “The festival grew so much from our initial event in 2018, and each year just gets better and better. Tickets have sold out within weeks both years, and we constantly have guests telling us it’s the best whiskey festival they’ve ever been to. The quality of the whiskey these distilleries and brands bring is incredible, and this year’s Premier Drams will continue to ‘wow’.”

Distillers such as Kentucky’s Willett, Wilderness Trail, Bardstown Barrel Company and New Riff, and Charleston, S.C.’s High Wire will be on hand with special barrel picks; Meanwhile, scotch-lovers can taste cask-strength single malts that were hand-picked by Scotch Malt Whisky Society and Single Cask Nation.

Thomas added, “This year, we’re looking forward to an expanded blind tasting with some incredible prizes, and bringing some new exhibitors on board like the Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) and Single Cask Nation. It’s the one time every year when you can find some of the best distilleries in the world all in one room, with beyond-baseline bottles to try.

The $145 tickets to the 2022 Jack Rose Premier Drams Whiskey Festival will go fast. This admission includes tastings at each whiskey station, plus craft cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a souvenir Glencairn glass. Tickets can be purchased through Tock. More details and the full lineup will be released in May.


“Of course, our festival is different from anything else. We’re shining the light on hidden gems—rarities you can’t try anywhere else, cask-strength expressions straight from barrel to bottle, limited-edition releases, brand-new products on the market, never-released barrel samples, you name it. But it’s also affordable, one of the best deals out there for the true whisk(e)y lover.”

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