Samara B. Davis is the founder of the Black Bourbon Society.
The Los Angeles native took a good look at everything she loved doing and combined them into a career that feels like she’s never at work. Davis loved planning events, she loves bourbon so much she’s known as a bourbon enthusiast and aficionado; and she definitely loves people.
Dark liquor such as whisky and bourbon for so long has been a male dominated drink. Was it tradition or an old school way of thinking? Back in the 1700’s when bourbon was first distilled, it was the men who were making the whisky, and it wasn’t appropriate for women to drink in public.
Perhaps it was the marketing that always portrayed men as the drinkers. Davis didn’t let any of these old school ways deter her from creating the career she dreamed of by creating the Black Bourbon Society.
Inspired by the salon gatherings of The Harlem Renaissance during the 1920s and 30s, Salon 7 is an intimate event featuring a panel discussion, signature cocktails and a whiskey tasting. The event acknowledged local Black leaders, creatives, and entrepreneurs who are breaking barriers and building their own lasting legacies — tying in the rich legacy of Jack Daniel’s and its first master distiller, Nathan “Nearest” Green.
The Black Bourbon Society is a membership-based organization that bridges the gap between the spirits industry and African American bourbon enthusiasts through its social media platforms, brand-partnered events, and exclusive excursions. BBS challenges traditional direct consumer marketing standards by curating experiences that genuinely engage with its unique demographic. It advocates for diversity and inclusion through speaking engagements and consulting within the spirits industry.
On Thursday, February 16, 2023, over 100 attendees gathered in Atlanta’s ZuCot Gallery for Black Bourbon Society’s Salon Legacy Awards event series, sponsored by Jack Daniel’s.
This year’s honorees were Onaje & Omari Henderson – ZuCot Gallery, Maya Smith – The Doux, Chef Daryl Shular – Shular Institute, Alphonso Cross – Parlor Den, Dr. Key Hallmon– The Village Market, Anastasia Simon- Techstars, Mario Johnson- The Beverly Tiffany Barriere – The Drinking Coach and Joey Womack- Goodie Nation. During a panel discussion, they discussed their work and impact as Legacy Makers while enjoying plates and Jack Daniel’s cocktails.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Jack Daniel’s on this initiative celebrating our local legacy makers in Atlanta, New York City and Chicago. These trailblazers create Black History everyday through their courageous determination and dedication to building their businesses and creating impact in their communities and our society as a whole.” — Samara B. Davis