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June 13th • Bourbon Sensory Analysis I • JUNE Bourbon U at The KY Castle

June 13, 2018 @ 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 and maturation length plus determine tasting notes rate each bourbon. We’ll compare our results to industry experts.

This class is the sixth in our year-long “Bourbon University” 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.

June 6th, 13th, 20th, & 27th (Wednesdays) 6pm – 7:30pm
& June 17th (the Third Sunday of the month) 3pm – 4:30pm


June 13, 2018
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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The Kentucky Castle
230 Pisgah Pike
Versailles, 40383 United States
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