Interviews Peggy Noe Stevens

Posted on September 25, 2022

Interview: Traveling The Iconic Kentucky Bourbon Trail? You Can Thank Peggy Noe Stevens For That

Meet Peggy Noe Stevens, the world’s first female Master Bourbon Taster and the charming woman behind the legendary Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

Travel–when done right–is all about creating authentic experiences to approach life with an adventurous spirit and challenge oneself and the world around us to expand our understanding of how we connect with each other. When it comes to trailblazers, few can lay claim to being groundbreaking pioneers quite like Peggy Noe Stevens.

Founder of Peggy Noe Stevens & Associates, she worked for the Brown-Forman Corporation for 17 years, eventually holding the position of guest services director for Woodford Reserve.

A true southern belle with an air of charm that masks her grit to change the world, Stevens is a woman with several firsts after her name: the world’s first female master bourbon taster, co-founder of the iconic Kentucky Bourbon Trail, and founder of the Bourbon Women’s Association, an organization devoted to women who are passionate about bourbon culture.

Rising to the top in a male-dominated industry, Stevens is recognized as a legend in her field, having been inducted into the Whisky Magazine’s Hall of Fame and the 2019 Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame.

And, as if this long list of accomplishments wasn’t impressive enough, she is also co-author of the joyfully titled book, “Which Fork Do I Use with My Bourbon?”, which offers delightfully sage advice on hosting and entertaining friends and family, particularly for the annual running of the Kentucky Derby.

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