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January 2020

Bourbon Basics • Jan 26 • KY Bourbon School at The Kentucky Castle

January 26 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The Kentucky Castle, 230 Pisgah Pike
Versailles, 40383 United States
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$35

So you enjoy a glass of Bourbon here and there … and you know that it’s important to Kentucky’s history and economy, but there’s so much more to learn about Bourbon! We’ll start 2020 with an overview of what, exactly, Bourbon is plus take a brief look at Bourbon’s history and how it’s made today. We’ll also cover how to nose and taste Bourbon like a professional and will sample a variety of Bourbons and near-Bourbons to explore the differences…

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February 2020

History of Bourbon I • Feb 12 • KY Bourbon School at The Kentucky Castle

February 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Kentucky Castle, 230 Pisgah Pike
Versailles, 40383 United States
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$35

History of Bourbon I: Origins through the Third Dark Age (1780s to 1980s) Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 6:00 pm and Sunday, Feb. 23 at 3:00 pm The boom-and-bust cycle of America’s history is reflected in our relationship with our Native Spirit, Bourbon. What started as a sharp, clear, rye grain-based liquor sold in jugs right off the still gradually transformed into a corn-based, richly flavorful, intentionally barrel-aged amber whiskey. Along the way, the Bourbon industry influenced trademark law, inspired food…

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History of Bourbon I • Feb 23 • KY Bourbon School at The Kentucky Castle

February 23 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The Kentucky Castle, 230 Pisgah Pike
Versailles, 40383 United States
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$35

The boom-and-bust cycle of America’s history is reflected in our relationship with our Native Spirit, Bourbon. What started as a sharp, clear, rye grain-based liquor sold in jugs right off the still gradually transformed into a corn-based, richly flavorful, intentionally barrel-aged amber whiskey. Along the way, the Bourbon industry influenced trademark law, inspired food safety regulations, caused an international kerfuffle, fought Prohibition, got co-opted by the war effort, formed a monopoly and nearly disappeared from America no less than three…

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March 2020

History of Bourbon II • March 11 • KY Bourbon School at The Kentucky Castle

March 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Kentucky Castle, 230 Pisgah Pike
Versailles, 40383 United States
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$35

History of Bourbon II: The Modern Era Wednesday, March 11 at 6:00 pm and Sunday, March 22 at 3:00 pm From the dark days of the 1970s and 80s, bourbon has risen to unprecedented heights today. A few stats: • More than 1,000,000 tourist stops at Kentucky Bourbon distilleries the last two years, • Since the turn of the century Kentucky Bourbon production has skyrocketed more than 315 percent to 1,886,821 barrels in 2016, and • More than $2 billion…

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History of Bourbon II • March 22 • KY Bourbon School at The Kentucky Castle

March 22 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The Kentucky Castle, 230 Pisgah Pike
Versailles, 40383 United States
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$35

History of Bourbon II: The Modern Era Wednesday, March 11 at 6:00 pm and Sunday, March 22 at 3:00 pm From the dark days of the 1970s and 80s, bourbon has risen to unprecedented heights today. A few stats: • More than 1,000,000 tourist stops at Kentucky Bourbon distilleries the last two years, • Since the turn of the century Kentucky Bourbon production has skyrocketed more than 315 percent to 1,886,821 barrels in 2016, and • More than $2 billion…

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April 2020

Bourbon Production I: Traditional Production & The 6 Sources of Flavor • April 8 • KY Bourbon School at The Kentucky Castle

April 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Kentucky Castle, 230 Pisgah Pike
Versailles, 40383 United States
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$35

Bourbon, by law, cannot contain additives for color or flavor. So all of the beautiful complexity of Bourbon - hundreds of potential flavor notes - comes from just six sources of flavor: • Water • Grains • Fermentation • Distillation • Maturation • Presentation We’ll examine each source of flavor in isolation and taste our way through limestone water and traditional Bourbon grains, plus nose an active fermenting Bourbon mash. Then we’ll taste spirit pre- and post-barrel to detect the…

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Bourbon Production I: Traditional Production & The 6 Sources of Flavor • April 26 • KY Bourbon School at The Kentucky Castle

April 26 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The Kentucky Castle, 230 Pisgah Pike
Versailles, 40383 United States
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$35

Bourbon, by law, cannot contain additives for color or flavor. So all of the beautiful complexity of Bourbon - hundreds of potential flavor notes - comes from just six sources of flavor: • Water • Grains • Fermentation • Distillation • Maturation • Presentation We’ll examine each source of flavor in isolation and taste our way through limestone water and traditional Bourbon grains, plus nose an active fermenting Bourbon mash. Then we’ll taste spirit pre- and post-barrel to detect the…

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May 2020

Bourbon Production II: Craft, Experimental and Near Bourbons • May 13 • KY Bourbon School at The Kentucky Castle

May 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Kentucky Castle, 230 Pisgah Pike
Versailles, 40383 United States
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$35

Bourbon has traditionally (in modern times) been made from: • Limestone water, • Yellow dent corn plus malted barley, wheat and/or rye grains, • Sour mash fermentation, • Column still distillation, and • Aging in a new, charred oak barrel. But the new generation of craft distillers is expanding and experimenting with how Bourbon can be made. Using variants like specially grown heirloom corn, unusual grain bills, sweet mash fermentation, pot still distillation and unusual maturation techniques. Bourbons (and near…

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Bourbon Production II: Craft, Experimental and Near Bourbons • May 24 • KY Bourbon School at The Kentucky Castle

May 24 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The Kentucky Castle, 230 Pisgah Pike
Versailles, 40383 United States
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$35

Bourbon has traditionally (in modern times) been made from: • Limestone water, • Yellow dent corn plus malted barley, wheat and/or rye grains, • Sour mash fermentation, • Column still distillation, and • Aging in a new, charred oak barrel. But the new generation of craft distillers is expanding and experimenting with how Bourbon can be made. Using variants like specially grown heirloom corn, unusual grain bills, sweet mash fermentation, pot still distillation and unusual maturation techniques. Bourbons (and near…

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June 2020

Bourbon Sensory Analysis I: Introduction to Bourbon Sensory Analysis • June 10 • KY Bourbon School at The Kentucky Castle

June 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Kentucky Castle, 230 Pisgah Pike
Versailles, 40383 United States
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$35

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…

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