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Bourbon Basics


110 W. Main St.
Louisville, KY 40202

Phone: (502) 810-8310

Bourbon Basics


Want to know more about bourbon but don't know where to begin? Let us ease your way into it as we create experiences for everyone from the novice to the connoisseur.

Founded in 2014, the Whisky Chicks are on a mission to make learning about whisky, especially Kentucky bourbon whisky, approachable and fun. Initially focused strictly on women, the Whisky Chicks soon learned that there are plenty of Whisky Dudes who want to experience America’s native spirit in a fun and approachable way.

Bourbon Basics is the educational arm of the Whisky Chicks, creating experiences centered around the education and immersion into bourbon. These are not your traditional tastings. Depending upon the course, we mix together bourbon history, folklore and facts with cocktails, tastings and food pairings. Our brand agnostic approach allows us to offer a variety of options as you go down the path to bourbon enlightenment.

Linda Ruffenach, the founder and owner of Whisky Chicks and Bourbon Basics, is a certified Executive Bourbon Steward. She has shared her passion for bourbon at such events like the New Orleans Bourbon Fest, Michelin National Corvette Museum Bash and the Integrating Women Leaders conference. She and her team have planned 60+ bourbon-centric events. In the Spring of 2018 she has new book being published called “How to be a Bourbon Badass”.

Offering private events, bourbon classes, customized tastings and event space for up to 45 people overlooking Whiskey Row. All within walking distance of the YUM! Center, the future Kentucky International Convention Center and many downtown area hotels.