Whiskey for a Cause

Dallas imbibers have their way with whiskey at cocktail social

Dallas imbibers have their way with whiskey at cocktail social

Mat Thekkil, Katherine Powell
Mat Thekkil, Katherine Powell Photo by WJNPHOTO
Alex Fletcher, Christian Armando, Drew Garison
Alex Fletcher, Christian Armando, Drew Garison Photo by WJNPHOTO
Vanessa Caudill, Stephanie Nguyen
Vanessa Caudill, Stephanie Nguyen Photo by WJNPHOTO
Susan Lewis, David Bradley
Susan Lewis, David Bradley Photo by WJNPHOTO
Talisa Bryant, Brandon Andrews
Talisa Bryant, Brandon Andrews Photo by WJNPHOTO
Jennifer Sloan, Steven Sloan
Jennifer Sloan, Steven Sloan Photo by WJNPHOTO
Rachelle Davis, Skyler Shauf, Griffin Emerson
Rachelle Davis, Skyler Shauf, Griffin Emerson Photo by WJNPHOTO
Jami Civitarese, Justin Peters
Jami Civitarese, Justin Peters Photo by WJNPHOTO
Adrianne Dabney, Tamara Piontkowsky
Adrianne Dabney, Tamara Piontkowsky Photo by WJNPHOTO
Terrell Owens, Bianca Owens
Terrell Owens, Bianca Owens Photo by WJNPHOTO
Rodney Caston, Perla Caston
Rodney Caston, Perla Caston Photo by WJNPHOTO
Chelsea Prettyman, Morgan Chenoweth
Chelsea Prettyman, Morgan Chenoweth Photo by WJNPHOTO
Sergio Gonzalez, Yari Gracia
Sergio Gonzalez, Yari Gracia Photo by WJNPHOTO
Woodford Reserve whiskey tasting
The whiskey tasting. Photo by WJNPHOTO
The Woodford Reserve crew
The Woodford Reserve crew. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Woodford Reserve whiskey tasting
Attendees sampled two different kinds of Woodford Reserve whiskey. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Woodford Reserve whiskey tasting
A whiskey expert guided guests through the tasting. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Woodford Reserve whiskey tasting
The placemats helped describe the whiskey. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Woodford Reserve whiskey tasting
It was a full house. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Woodford Reserve whiskey tasting
Guests were greeted as soon as they stepped off the elevator. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Hutchins BBQ
Hutchins BBQ provided a sampler plate. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Eric Wiemann
Eric Wiemann. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Jason Taylor
Jason Taylor. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Mat Thekkil, Katherine Powell
Alex Fletcher, Christian Armando, Drew Garison
Vanessa Caudill, Stephanie Nguyen
Susan Lewis, David Bradley
Talisa Bryant, Brandon Andrews
Jennifer Sloan, Steven Sloan
Rachelle Davis, Skyler Shauf, Griffin Emerson
Jami Civitarese, Justin Peters
Adrianne Dabney, Tamara Piontkowsky
Terrell Owens, Bianca Owens
Rodney Caston, Perla Caston
Chelsea Prettyman, Morgan Chenoweth
Sergio Gonzalez, Yari Gracia
Woodford Reserve whiskey tasting
The Woodford Reserve crew
Woodford Reserve whiskey tasting
Woodford Reserve whiskey tasting
Woodford Reserve whiskey tasting
Woodford Reserve whiskey tasting
Woodford Reserve whiskey tasting
Hutchins BBQ
Eric Wiemann
Jason Taylor

Woodford Reserve found a delicious way to warm everyone up from the December cold: a whiskey tasting whose proceeds benefit a very important charity.

On December 1, cocktail enthusiasts packed into The Venue at 400 N. Ervay St. to sip, swirl, and learn about this vaunted Kentucky bourbon.

The $25 entry fee to The Art of Making Whiskey provided more than a guided lesson on Woodford's distilling process; a sampling of brisket, sausage, and sides from Hutchins BBQ; and a selection of whiskey cocktails mixed by three of Dallas' top bartenders. It also raised funds for Mankind, a nonprofit organization dedicated to prostate cancer research and awareness.

Christian Armando of Standard Pour, Drew Garison of Parliament, and Alex Fletcher of Henry’s Majestic shook up the tasty drinks, which ranged from sweet to smoky to citrus-infused. The affable bartenders were more than willing to explain their techniques, some of which looked as though they came straight from a science lab.

The learning continued as Woodford Reserve representative Adrianne Dabney taught the crowd how to detect different notes in two of the brand's principal whiskeys. A handy placemat reinforced the newfound knowledge — or at least made it easier to remember the next morning.