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Nosing for Faults: Advanced Sensory Analysis

Course Overview

Master the skills required to take your products to the next level of consistency and quality. In this hands-on, two-day course combining theory with practice, attendees will examine the use of sensory analysis methods in distillate production, product development, and quality control.

With tastings and sensory training sessions set up throughout the class, you’ll discover the variety of flavors and aromas found in spirits, including potential off notes or “faults.” In addition to learning and applying a range of advanced sensory techniques, you’ll also have the chance to engage with instrumental methods and tools used for detecting and correcting these faults, including gas chromatography and biomimetic technology.

By the end of this section, you’ll have the knowledge and skill set needed to confidently sniff out problems in your own distillery, troubleshoot causes, and implement solutions that may end up saving your next production from disaster.


Who This Class Is For

Whether you’re a seasoned distiller or newbie to the business, this class is for anyone who has or is planning to open and/or operate a distillery; production team members (distillers, blenders, tasters, and lab technicians); or anyone else seeking to refine their knowledge of spirits and sensory analysis.


Your Instructors

This class is taught by Nancy Fraley, Whiskey & Rum Blender and Consultant at Nosing Services, Director of Research & Instructor of Blending with the American Distilling Institute, and Creator of the Craft Whiskey Aroma Wheel, a sensory tool for distillers and whiskey connoisseurs.


What You’ll Learn

In addition to gaining valuable insights on sensory analysis, product development, and quality control, we’ll take an in-depth look at:

  • Sensory Analysis & Methodology;
  • Distillate Evaluation;
  • Aroma & Flavor Development;
  • Applications to Production & Product Development;
  • Detecting & Correcting Off Notes/Taints;
  • Developing Sensory Quality Control Programs;
  • Technologies/Tools for Sensory Analysis;
  • Gas Chromatography & Biomimetic Technology.


Get Your Class On

Tuition includes all class materials; breakfast, lunch, and refreshments; an invite to First Round at The Brown networking event; and transportation between our contracted hotel and our campus. $1,495

**Early Bird Registration covers your stay at our contracted hotel from the night before Day 1 to the last day of class. The Early Bird deadline is 3 weeks before the first day of class.


About Moonshine University

Founded in 2012, Moonshine University is the nation’s premier educational distillery. Our facility was created from the ground up to teach new distillers how to get started in the industry, and to teach professional team members how to elevate key aspects of their craft and boost sales. Combining classroom instruction with practical, hands-on learning and sensory training, Moonshine University attracts people from all over the world, ensuring every attendee leaves with a complete and comprehensive education and skill set applicable to a variety of spirits and industry related areas.

In 2013, The Kentucky Distillers’ Association made Moonshine University their exclusive education provider. With the support of some of the industry’s leading institutions and distilleries, you can be sure that taking a class at Moonshine University will be worth the investment.

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