1 • Standard Event FAQ
- This event has passed.
CANCELED / COVID19 RESCHEDULING • Bourbon Sensory Analysis II: Advanced Bourbon Sensory Analysis • Dec 27 • KY Bourbon School at The Kentucky Castle
December 27, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm$35
This event will be rescheduled for a later date TBD. Anyone who purchased a ticket will get a refund and additional info via email.
A quality Bourbon can contain over 200 flavors divided into five primary categories:
• Tree (wood and nut)
• 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.
Distilled Living does not carry a liquor license, so we are not able to provide the Bourbon. We can work with your venue or caterer if they are providing the alcohol or with the family if they are providing it. We can help with Bourbon selection and sourcing including vintage and rare products if requested.
We provide a certified Executive Bourbon Steward, which is usually Tim Knittel (subject to availability). We provide visual and aromatic tasting aids plus a mini-distillery display for the tasting table. We can also provide plastic sample cups plus tasting mats and written tasting guides upon request.
We can also provide culinary food pairings (provided as packaged food to comply with health department codes) or we can assist in having those provided through your venue or caterer.
You will need to provide the alcohol plus a table. Some couples also like to provide a memento of the Bourbon tasting experience like a gift mini-bottle or basket or an engraved Bourbon tasting glass.
2 • Wedding specific FAQ
Like wedding venues, we have high and low seasons. Keeneland & Derby weeks are our busiest even though this is outside of the typical wedding season. We have other types of events booked during these times.
3 • Charity Event FAQ
The short answer: Probably not.
The long answer: Distilled Living works with charities providing distillery relations services. Sometimes we can secure bottle or other auction items donations, sponsored Bourbon tastings or other charity support. However, rare Bourbon are rare because they’re rare. Every charity would like to have one but very few rare Bourbons are ever donated by the distilleries themselves. We do not provide Bourbons from our own collection (it’s all opened bottles anyway!) nor do we solicit donations from other individual collections. Because everyone is asking is for rare bottles, they’re very hard to find.
How do you charge / what is the fee for distillery relations for auction items with Charity events?
We do not have standard pricing for individual activities like auction item donations.
Pricing is based on scope and scale of the task, what the timeline is, what distilleries are requested from and any other beverage alcohol related functions of the event.
Sometimes it’s a percentage of monies raised from sourced auction items, other times it may be a flat fee or part of a larger consulting package.
Yes! Like our other charity services, presentations are offered at a fee but again we strive to create value greater than the fee. Specific pricing is based on type and size of event and time of year, plus any secondary requested services like sourcing in-kind donations for the Bourbon to be poured.
The majority of the distilleries have donations review committees which only meet every month or every other month. As a result, standard lead times for auction item donations are 3-4 months or longer and distillery participation is typically 6-9 months or longer.
4 • Virtual Event FAQ
Unfortunately, we do not have the ability to reduce our prices for the presentation. While the event is “virtual,” we still have to pay an expert presenter as well as support staff.
This is very similar to renting a venue (the studio space) and renting A/V equipment plus hiring a keynote speaker and the necessary event support staff. Because of our extensive experience in providing premium, engaging virtual events we choose not to offer any presentation options that do not include all of these components and which may result in a sub-par experience for your guests.
As a result, there is a fixed minimum cost regardless of the number of attendees or formality level of the event.
I just want to order bourbon tasting kits to be mailed without a virtual presentation, can I do that?
Our Bourbon tasting kits offered through our retail fulfillment partners are designed exclusively for use as part of live, virtual Bourbon tasting presentations and not available for sale without the presentation.
They are built to be a guided experience.
- Microsoft Teams
- Google Hangouts
- Amazon Chime
- Facebook Messenger
- Google Duo
There are a few platforms that we would not recommend for cocktail events as they can’t handle the extra movement of the presentation and some platforms would only be advisable for small private parties.