Canadian Whisky Workshop


Join experts from one of the most celebrated and award-winning Canadian whisky distilleries to dive deep into this misunderstood category.  This three-day course combines overall category education with hands-on production and analysis workshops, which are led by multiple-time Master Blender of the Year and the Manufacturing Manager of the Hiram Walker & Sons Distillery.

You’ll get a deeper understanding of the Canadian whisky category as you dive into its history, regulations, production styles, maturation, blended whisky, and rye whisk(e)y with Gina Fossitt – Trade and Education Manager – and Dave Mitton — Global Ambassador of Canadian Spirits.

Amy Levesque — HW&Sons Manufacturing Manager — and Dr. Don Livermore — Master Blender — will take you to the next step with hands-on workshops analyzing GC profiles, different maturation samples, how filtration affects the product, and recognizing defects when they occur.

You’ll end the course blending your own whisky and understanding all of the parameters that are considered when creating a new blend to bottle.  And, finally, a happy hour to celebrate and toast the category together!



This course is designed for anyone with general whisky knowledge who wants to specifically up their game in the Canadian whisky category.



Gina Fossitt — Trade and Education Manager — Canadian Whisky

Dave Mitton — Global Ambassador — Canadian Spirits

Amy Levesque — Manufacturing Manager — Hiram Walker & Sons Distillery

Dr. Don Livermore — Master Blender — Hiram Walker & Sons Distillery

Gina Fossitt — Trade and Education Manager — Canadian Whisky



  • History of Canadian Whisky
  • Regulations
  • Books, Authors, and Resources
  • Canadian Whisky Production
  • Analysis of GC profiles and cut points
  • Maturation
  • Sensory
  • Blending Whisky
  • History of Blending
  • Analysis of the effects of chill filtration, recognizing defects, and how to make tasting notes



Tuition includes all class materials, breakfast, lunch, and refreshments; and transportation between our contracted hotel and our campus. $1,995

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



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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