On October, 17, 2018, I tasted my very first bourbon whiskey – a 12 Year Old Lot “B” Van Winkle Special Reserve. Tonight was the perfect storm of whiskey experiences - an amazing pour, incredible company, and extraordinary storytelling that led to new friends and strengthened relationships.
Certified Bourbon Steward
Still loving whiskey! Have been tasting different ones, reading about them, and gosh, there are so many variations. I'll start with bourbon as that's what I tried first. Looking up bourbon education options and there's something called a "Certified Bourbon Steward" course and exam. Let's take (and pass) it.
First Whiskey Post On Instagram
Just became a "Certified Bourbon Steward" and wow, I've never had so much fun learning about something new! I wonder if my Instagram friends would be interested in learning too. Let's try a post and see what the response is...
Instagram Top Nine
Nearing the end of the year, I ran the "top nine of Instagram" to see which were your favorite posts I made in 2018. Every single one was whiskey-related. Every single one. My first whiskey post was last month. Message received loud and clear! Y'all are loving the whiskey journey too!
Executive Bourbon Steward
It's time we check out Kentucky! So excited to see Louisville and become an Executive Bourbon Steward!
Beyond excited for this hosting gig! Camp Runamok is an annual exclusive "summer camp" for the world's leading bartenders and I have the privilege of speaking to them about bourbon and rye in Louisville, Kentucky!
Top 40 Whiskey Influencer Trip
Grateful to be selected as one of the nation's top 40 whiskey influencers by Bourbon & Time. Back to Louisville for this much appreciated honor!
NFL Alumni Golf Tournament
In August 2019, Jackie James will co-host the NFL Alumni SoCal Chapter Golf Tournament in Los Angeles, California, representing and introducing whiskey to celebrities, athletes, golfers, and social attendees.