Whisk(e)y Workshop

Course Overview

Become a whiskey connoisseur with this two-day intermediate workshop examining everything whiskey! We’ll cover a wide variety of classifications – including Irish, Scotch, Canadian, American, and even new craft whiskeys made from non-traditional grains – detailing the individual distillate components and production processes for each, standards of identity, and relationship to other whiskeys.

Students will also receive an in-depth understanding of whiskey production, including malting, smoking, mashing, fermenting, traditional and alternative aging techniques, and making cuts. Hands-on, small-scale product development with table-top distillation allows participants to experiment further with these processes before moving onto the larger equipment in our distillery. Finally, we’ll return to our roots by examining the history of whiskey, before discussing the best ways to guide consumers through an informative and engaging sensory evaluation of this versatile spirit.


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; non-traditional whisk(e)y makers; professionals working with spirits in the hospitality sector; or anyone else seeking to refine their knowledge of whisk(e)y.


Your Instructors

This course is taught by Matt Strickland, Head Distiller at Distillerie Cote des Saints and Founding Distiller of District Distilling Co.


What You’ll Learn

In addition to gaining valuable insights on whisk(e)y production, we’ll take an in-depth look at:

    • Whisk(e)y Classifications & Standards of Identity;
    • Whisk(e)y History;
    • Individual Grain & Distillate Evaluation;
    • Production Methods & Styles;
    • Malting, Smoking & Mashing;
    • Fermenting, Cuts & Finishing;
    • Traditional & Alternative Aging;
    • Table-top & Production-scale Distillation;
    • Sensory Training & Analysis;
    • Guiding Consumers Through Sensory Evaluation.


Get Your Class On

Tuition includes all class materials; breakfast, lunch, and refreshments; 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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