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Advanced Bourbon Palate Training @ Whiskey Bear – Jan 12

January 12, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Take your experience of Bourbon to the next level! A quality Bourbon can contain over 200 flavors divided into five categories: Grains, Tree (wood and nut), Sweet, Spice, and Botanical (primarily fruit and floral).

Like fine wine, it takes practice and palate education to detect the nuanced and subtle aromas and flavors of a fine Bourbon. We’ll explore advanced Bourbon sensory analysis through aromatic references and varying levels of blind tasting. Tim Knittel, Executive Bourbon Steward and Adjunct Professor of Bourbon Studies, 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! 🥃

Date: January 12, 2019
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: Whiskey Bear
Ticket Price: 
– Bourbon Palate Training on 01/05/19 = $20
– Advanced Bourbon Palate Training on 01/12/19 = $25
– Both Classes = $40

LIMITED AVAILABILITY – Online Registration Suggested.

Tickets available online at https://whiskeybearbar.eventbrite.com

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Must be 21+ | Please Drink Responsibly

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Parking is available in multiple areas via on-street parking, in front of Whole Foods and J. Alexanders, next to Louis’ Flower Power Shop, in front of Starbucks and in parking decks behind Pottery Barn or off of East Tiverton. https://thesummitatfritzfarm.com/directions/#parking


January 12, 2019
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Whiskey Bear
(859) 368-8325
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Whiskey Bear
119 Marion, Suite 170
Lexington, KY 40517 United States
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(859) 368-8325