Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Bourbon Sensory Analysis I • JUNE 12 • KY Bourbon School @ The Kentucky Castle

June 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


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 the basics of Bourbon sensory analysis by looking at the fundamentals of sensory analysis in general and the application of sensory analysis to Bourbon specifically.

The Kentucky Castle’s Bourbon-Steward-In-Residence (& Bourbon industry insider) Tim Knittel will guide you through:
• The five types of flavor receptors: sweet, sour, salty, bitter and savory/umami
• The myth of the ‘five regions’ of the tongue
• Mouthfeel: astringency, hotness, coldness and fattiness
• Aromatic “taste” and taste bud vs olfactory sensation
• Resetting (baselining) sensory perception
• Orthonasal vs retronasal breathing and the post-swallowing volatile congeners release
• Finish/after-taste
• Dilution and industry-standard A.B.V. evaluation levels
• Use of aromatic and culinary aids in Bourbon flavor identification
• Spirit “prototypes” and relative evaluation

The bourbon pour list for this class is a secret!

After training your palate, we’ll have a blind tasting! You’ll try to determine grain bill, yeast strain type, maturation length and proof to determine category and match to prototype.

Tickets are available for:
Wednesday, June 12 at 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
or Sunday, June 23 at 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

This class is part of our year-long “Kentucky Bourbon School” (previously Bourbon University) led by Bourbon-Steward in Residence Tim Knittel of Distilled Living with a new theme offered each month. They will be the 2nd Wednesday and 4th Sunday all year. 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.


Distilled Living
View Organizer Website


The Kentucky Castle
230 Pisgah Pike
Versailles, 40383 United States
+ Google Map
View Venue Website