ULI members and non-members braved the cold on Tuesday, February 2nd and gathered for a warming guided whiskey tasting at Southern Efficiency, a whiskey-centric bar in Shaw. Southern Efficiency is a James Beard Award nominated bar by co-owners Derek Brown and Travis Croxton and specializes in Southern brown liquor with bar bites to match. The bar is named for Kennedy’s description of Washington D.C. as a place of “Southern efficiency and Northern charm” and first opened for business in late 2013 as the younger sister bar of Mockingbird Hill and Eat the Rich, both on the same block.
Participants began the evening with punch and snacks including buttermilk biscuits with house-made apple butter, pimento cheese and Louisville chips n’ dip. The group was then led through a selection of three whiskeys starting with Old Forrester Kentucky straight bourbon, followed by Abraham Bowman double barrel and finally Smooth Ambler Old Stout 10-year. After showing the group the proper way to taste whiskey, bar managers described each whiskey’s flavor profile, barreling technique and aging process. It was a great time for members and non-members to enjoy whiskey, while networking.