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June 2020

Bourbon Sensory Analysis I: Introduction to Bourbon Sensory Analysis • June 28 • KY Bourbon School at The Kentucky Castle

June 28 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 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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July 2020

Bourbon Cocktails I: Historic and Classic Cocktails • July 8 • KY Bourbon School at The Kentucky Castle

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

Cocktails were developed on American whiskeys including Bourbon & Rye. In this class we’ll explore the origin of American whiskey cocktails by focusing on the ‘Classic 5’: • Old Fashioned • Whiskey Sour • Mint Julep • Whiskey Smash • Manhattan The Kentucky Castle's Bourbon-Steward-In-Residence (& Bourbon industry insider) Tim Knittel will guide you through basic cocktail construction theory including: • Spirit + Sweet + Contrast(s) + Accent, • Techniques: stirring vs. shaking and order of ingredients, • Working with…

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Bourbon Cocktails I: Historic and Classic Cocktails • July 26 • KY Bourbon School at The Kentucky Castle

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

Cocktails were developed on American whiskeys including Bourbon & Rye. In this class we’ll explore the origin of American whiskey cocktails by focusing on the ‘Classic 5’: • Old Fashioned • Whiskey Sour • Mint Julep • Whiskey Smash • Manhattan The Kentucky Castle's Bourbon-Steward-In-Residence (& Bourbon industry insider) Tim Knittel will guide you through basic cocktail construction theory including: • Spirit + Sweet + Contrast(s) + Accent, • Techniques: stirring vs. shaking and order of ingredients, • Working with…

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August 2020

Bourbon Cocktails II: Modern Cocktails • Aug 12 • KY Bourbon School at The Kentucky Castle

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

Modern Cocktails are beginning to return to pre-Prohibition era styles while also exploring new techniques and ingredients like craft spirits, specialty bitters and more. In this class we’ll cover flavors beyond the basic sweet, sour and bitter including complex notes from herbaceous, spiced, spicy and other components plus the basics of flavor theory. The Kentucky Castle's Bourbon-Steward-In-Residence (& Bourbon industry insider) Tim Knittel will guide you through advanced techniques including: • Accent ingredients, including floats & spritzing • Barrel aging…

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Bourbon Cocktails II: Modern Cocktails • Aug 23 • KY Bourbon School at The Kentucky Castle

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

Modern Cocktails are beginning to return to pre-Prohibition era styles while also exploring new techniques and ingredients like craft spirits, specialty bitters and more. In this class we’ll cover flavors beyond the basic sweet, sour and bitter including complex notes from herbaceous, spiced, spicy and other components plus the basics of flavor theory. The Kentucky Castle's Bourbon-Steward-In-Residence (& Bourbon industry insider) Tim Knittel will guide you through advanced techniques including: • Accent ingredients, including floats & spritzing • Barrel aging…

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September 2020

Bourbon by Brands I: Major Kentucky Distilleries • Sept 9 • KY Bourbon School at The Kentucky Castle

September 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Kentucky Castle, 230 Pisgah Pike
Versailles, 40383 United States
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$35

September is National Bourbon Heritage month! In celebration, we’re spending the month focusing on the major Kentucky Bourbon distilleries and brands which have created a deep heritage for our state. We’ll taste a representative Bourbon from each distillery and dissect the flavor profile to understand the choices the distillers make for grain recipe/mash bill, yeast strain, distillation, barrel char and entry proof and aging. Flight: • Maker’s Mark • Buffalo Trace by Sazerac • Elijah Craig by Heaven Hill •…

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Bourbon by Brands I: Major Kentucky Distilleries • Sept 27 • KY Bourbon School at The Kentucky Castle

September 27 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The Kentucky Castle, 230 Pisgah Pike
Versailles, 40383 United States
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$35

September is National Bourbon Heritage month! In celebration, we’re spending the month focusing on the major Kentucky Bourbon distilleries and brands which have created a deep heritage for our state. We’ll taste a representative Bourbon from each distillery and dissect the flavor profile to understand the choices the distillers make for grain recipe/mash bill, yeast strain, distillation, barrel char and entry proof and aging. Flight: • Maker’s Mark • Buffalo Trace by Sazerac • Elijah Craig by Heaven Hill •…

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October 2020

Bourbon by Brands II: Craft Distilleries • Oct 14 • KY Bourbon School at The Kentucky Castle

October 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Kentucky Castle, 230 Pisgah Pike
Versailles, 40383 United States
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$35

Last month we talked about the big distillers, now let’s concentrate on the little ones! For this month, we’re exploring the craft distilleries in Kentucky. We’re limiting to just the ones that are making their own products, so specific product availability will vary across dates this month. We’ll taste a representative Bourbon from each distillery and dissect the flavor profile to understand the choices the distillers make for grain recipe/mash bill, yeast strain, distillation, barrel char and entry proof and…

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Bourbon by Brands II: Craft Distilleries • Oct 25 • KY Bourbon School at The Kentucky Castle

October 25 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The Kentucky Castle, 230 Pisgah Pike
Versailles, 40383 United States
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$35

Last month we talked about the big distillers, now let’s concentrate on the little ones! For this month, we’re exploring the craft distilleries in Kentucky. We’re limiting to just the ones that are making their own products, so specific product availability will vary across dates this month. We’ll taste a representative Bourbon from each distillery and dissect the flavor profile to understand the choices the distillers make for grain recipe/mash bill, yeast strain, distillation, barrel char and entry proof and…

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November 2020

Bourbon by Brands III: Non-Distiller Producers and Outside KY • Nov 11 • KY Bourbon School at The Kentucky Castle

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

To conclude our trilogy, we’re looking at sourced and contract Bourbons plus Bourbons from outside of Kentucky. Sourcing has a bad rap as it’s often associated with fake histories and high prices, but is that always warranted? (Mark Gillespie once described it as ‘buying a pie, sprinkling some cinnamon on top and saying you made it.’) Contract involves hiring another distillery to make your recipe, how is that different? (Answer: very) And what does being outside of Bourbon’s home state…

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