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A quality Bourbon can contain over 200 flavors divided into five primary categories:

• Grains
• Tree (wood and nut)
• Sweet
• Spice
• Botanical (primarily fruit and floral)

Like fine wine, it takes palate education and practice to learn to detect the subtle and nuanced aromas and flavors of a complex Bourbon.

We’ll explore advanced Bourbon sensory analysis through varying levels of blind tasting,

The Kentucky Castle’s Bourbon-Steward-In-Residence (& Bourbon industry insider) Tim Knittel will guide you through:

  • Aroma, mouthfeel, front palate, mid-palate and finish
  • Aromatic “taste” and taste bud vs olfactory sensation
  • Orthonasal vs retronasal breathing and the post-swallowing volatile congeners release
  • Use of aromatic aids in Bourbon flavor identification
  • Resetting (baselining) sensory perception
  • Fault identification in Bourbon

First, you’ll develop your aroma (palate) memory through nosing selected extracts and isolates. Then, you’ll use those aromas to blind-identify 5 Bourbons using professional tasting notes and place them in their correct categories: wheated Bourbon, traditional/low rye Bourbon, American rye whiskey, fruit-floral forward Bourbon and finished Bourbon.

The bourbon pour list for this class is a secret!


Tickets are available for:
Wednesday, Dec 9 at 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
or Sunday, Dec 27 at 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

This class is part of our year-long “Kentucky Bourbon School” led by Bourbon-Steward in Residence Tim Knittel and Executive Bourbon Steward Aften Locken of Distilled Living with a new theme offered each month. No need to attend them all – mix and match as you like!

$35 per person, class includes guided Bourbon flight and light food.

Dinner reservations at Castle Farm Restaurant available for after the class by calling (859) 256-0322 or visiting https://www.thekentuckycastle.com/eat-drink.