The UK Alumni Association and Alumni Career Services welcomed more than 80 guests to its exclusive presentation and bourbon tasting with Peggy Noe Stevens, Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame inductee and the first woman in the world to receive the title of Master Bourbon Taster. Held at the Origin Hotel in Lexington on May 17, Stevens discussed the 12 Traits of Powerful Women and led the group in an expert guided bourbon tasting. Please enjoy the photos from the event featured below.
About Peggy Noe Stevens
Peggy Noe Stevens is a Master Bourbon Taster who is also a certified etiquette, image and professional speaker. She produces one-of-a-kind experiences for both people and places, and was inducted into the Bourbon Hall of Fame in 2019.
In many ways, Peggy has been a trail blazer for women. She became the world’s first female Master Bourbon Taster in the industry and can trace her lineage back to some of the great bourbon making families in Kentucky. In 2011, she created the Bourbon Women Association, the first female consumer group in the industry to celebrate and support Kentucky’s signature product with a multi-city platform for women. Peggy was one of the originators for the conception and strategic development of the iconic Kentucky Bourbon Trail, which has become a global sensation for the spirits industry.
Because of her accomplishments, she was given the prestigious “Networking Award” by the Kentucky Distiller’s Association in 2016 for making a difference in the industry for women. She has been called the “Oprah of whiskey entertaining,” and a “Lifestyle maven.” She has represented Kentucky for such notables as Julia Child, Bobby Flay and the Prince of Spain.
Her executive leadership skills also immersed her talent in designing women’s research and strategy studies for corporations, and she has spoken to countless professional organizations on women’s issues in the workplace and strategizing careers. She has set an inspiring new standard by which corporations can attract and retain female executives. Author, global speaker, whiskey taster and experience maker, Peggy brings a gracious, fresh and relevant approach to establishing image and creating experiences for consumers. She engages audiences with her dynamic wit and energetic message.