Vendors sold all sorts of knickknacks. | Photo by Sara Havens

The fourth annual Kentucky Bourbon Affair brought many whiskey aficionados to town last week and offered an array of activities, including the international tasting event Whisky Live.

New this year was the Higher Proof Expo on Saturday, which consisted of several in-depth classes where participants could get up close and personal with industry experts, master distillers, authors and more.

Insider attended several Bourbon Affair events and found them to be well-executed experiences with people eager to learn as much as they could about all things bourbon. We checked in with Adam Johnson of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, the group that puts on the event, to see how this year’s numbers fared.

He says they had more than 200 people participate and was happy with how well the Higher Proof Expo turned out.

“I think based upon the great overall feedback, it is something we will definitely look at doing again,” says Johnson.

Here’s a snapshot of some of the people, places and bourbons we experienced at the 2017 Bourbon Affair and Whisky Live.

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Sara Havens
Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville, known around town as the Bar Belle (barbelleblog.com). She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."