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Sensory For Distillers Workshop

Course Overview

Discover the skills required to take your products to the next level of consistency and quality in this hands-on course presented by Thoroughbred Spirits Group and Spiritech Solutions. In March 2022, 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. The June 2022 offering of this class is led by Master Distiller Steve Wright and spirits industry veteran Scott Schiller. Attendees will benefit from a 2-day program focused on the use of sensory analysis methods in distillate production, product development, and quality control.

With tastings set up throughout the class, you’ll get the full sensory experience as you examine the variety of flavors and aromas found in whiskey, rum, gin, and more. You’ll also gain key insights into how sensory features are affected by each stage of production, maturation, filtration, and bottling. In addition to learning and applying a range of advanced sensory techniques, you’ll also have the chance to engage with instrumental methods, tools, and best practices used for barrel management and blending, and in detecting and correcting off notes or “faults.”

By the end of this workshop, you’ll walk away with the knowledge and skill set needed to confidently sniff out problems and opportunities in your own distillery, blend great-tasting spirits, troubleshoot potential quality issues 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

March 10-11, 2022:

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.

June 27-28, 2022:

This class is taught by Steve Wright, Founder of Spiritech Solutions & Master Distiller at Thoroughbred Spirits Group, and Scott Schiller, Managing Director at Thoroughbred Spirits Group.

 

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;
  • Best Practices in Blending & Barrel Management
  • And More!

 

Get Your Class On

Tuition includes all class materials; breakfast, lunch, and refreshments; an invite to any included networking events; and transportation between our contracted hotel and our campus. $2,495

**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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