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Carla Carlton

The Bourbon Babe
Louisville, KY
Carla Carlton, aka "The Bourbon Babe," is an award-winning bourbon journalist, author and speaker. She covers the bourbon industry on her website, TheBourbonBabe.com, which has been featured on NPR's "All Things Considered" and in the Washington Post and The New York Times. Her first book, "Barrel Strength Bourbon: The Explosive Growth of America's Whiskey," was published by Clerisy Press in June 2017. She is a regular contributor to The Whiskey Wash, and her stories about bourbon have also appeared in The Bourbon Review, Food & Dining, The (Louisville) Courier-Journal and The (Nashville) Tennessean, among others. She was one of the interviewers for "Kentucky Bourbon Tales," an oral history project produced by the Nunn Center for Oral History and the Kentucky Distillers' Association.Carla, an Executive Bourbon Steward and member of the Stave & Thief Society, has participated in numerous single-barrel selections and conducted dozens of bourbon tastings. She is a charter member and former board member of Bourbon Women, an international networking organization for women who are passionate about exploring bourbon and its culture. Carla was an editor at The Courier-Journal for nearly two decades before joining the Office of Communications at Bellarmine University, a private liberal-arts university that claims Brown-Forman Master Distiller Chris Morris as an alumnus and Bill Samuels, Jr. of Maker's Mark as a trustee.Carla and her husband, Chad, live in Louisville and have two children.