Meet Nikki Rhodes
In addition to being a Whisky Chick, Nikki is the wife of her high school sweetheart for 25 years and the mother of a 15-year-old young man entering his sophomore year of high school. She was born and spent her early years in Louisville until her family moved to Jeffersonville, where she currently calls home.
Nikki has been an important part of the success of Whisky Chicks and we are proud to share her story!
“I’ve always been an extroverted socialite, but I paused my social life for several years to prioritize my focus on family. However, once my son started wanting to spend more time with his friends than his parents, I knew it was time for me to get back into my own social scene. I started small with a local book club, which is where I met Linda and was invited to my first Whisky Chicks event at the historic Brennan House. Even though I am inherently extroverted, I have to admit I was a bit nervous going to an event alone without knowing anyone. As soon as I walked in that beautiful Victorian mansion, my butterflies immediately left because I felt so welcomed. My usual adult beverage of choice is white wine, so I had never had bourbon before that night; which was the perfect first experience with bourbon. Not only did I learn interesting facts regarding bourbon, I also met a diverse group of dynamic women!
Since that one night, my life has been enriched with several positive experiences as a Whisky Chick. With each event, I am educated with new information about bourbon, while meeting intelligent, confident, friendly, laidback and classy individuals; which is why I continue to attend Whisky Chicks events. Now, I wouldn’t call myself a bourbon connoisseur yet. As a Whisky Chick, I feel confident going to Nowhere Bar (my favorite hangout spot), ordering my favorite small batch neat, Basil Hayden’s, and sipping it throughout the evening.
A basic principle learned as a Whisky Chick is, “All bourbon is whisky, but not all whisky is bourbon.” One qualifying characteristic of a straight bourbon is that it has aged for a minimum of two years. I am proud to say I have been a Whisky Chick for two years and just like a fine bourbon, it just gets better every year.