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Nosing for Faults + Age-ucation: Barrel Aging Workshop Combo


Spend a week in Louisville learning from the industry’s finest. Start off with three days of advanced training in sensory analysis, product development, and quality control. Finally, round out your week with a two-day crash course on the wonders of aging, maturation, and warehousing, where you’ll discover what happens once you put that barreled distillate in the ricks. Don’t miss this chance to double your gains!

About Part I: Nosing for Faults

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.

About Part II: Age-ucation

For distillers, aging alcohol to get the flavor and consistency you desire can take decades of trial and error, which can be both frustrating and expensive. But we’re here to change all of that with our Age-ucation workshop, featuring 30 experimental barrels and 9 hands-on experiments that will let you taste the effects of variables like entry proof, toast and char profiles, wood species, bottle soaks, and more.

In addition to spending time with experts on warehouse management and flavor mapping, students will also receive GC data for all factors covered in the course, providing a valuable resource to pair with your newfound knowledge of aging and maturation. By the time you complete this class you’ll have a much clearer understanding of how you’ll want to approach aging your spirits, which makes this an investment that will not only save you time, but potentially tens of thousands of dollars.

Who this class is for

This class is for anyone who has or is planning to open and/or operate a distillery; production team members (distillers, blenders, tasters, lab technicians, etc.); and others interesting in refining their sensory skills and expanding their knowledge of distillate production and maturation.

Your instructors

This class is taught by Andrew Wiehebrink, Director of Spirits Research & Innovation at Independent Stave Company; Gregg Snyder, CEO of Distilled Spirits Consulting; and 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 best practices in product development and maturation, we’ll take an in-depth look at:

  • Warehousing;
  • Logistics;
  • Flavor Development;
  • Entry Proof;
  • Toast & Char Profiles;
  • Bottle Soaks;
  • Wood Species;
  • Gas Chromatography & Biomimetic Technology;
  • Sensory Analysis & Methodology;
  • Distillate Evaluation;
  • Product Development;
  • Aroma & Flavor Development;
  • Detecting & Correcting Off Notes/Taints;
  • Technologies/Tools for Sensory Analysis;
  • Developing Sensory Quality Control Programs.

Get your class on

To ensure ample opportunity for hands-on learning, space in this class is limited, so be sure to register soon and reserve your spot!

Tuition includes your 5-day stay at our contracted hotel; 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. $4,200


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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