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Education: Bourbon Tasting

Updated: Feb 25, 2023

Bourbon tastings are a popular way for whiskey enthusiasts to explore and appreciate the unique flavors and complexities of this beloved American spirit. A bourbon tasting can be an intimate gathering of friends or a large-scale event, but the focus is always on experiencing and comparing different bourbons side by side.


The process of tasting bourbon involves more than just sipping and savoring. It also involves examining the color, aroma, and taste of each bourbon and comparing them to others in the flight. Bourbon tastings can be educational, as they offer the opportunity to learn about the distillation process, aging techniques, and the impact of different grains and barrels on the final product.

Bourbon tastings can be hosted in a variety of settings, from a cozy living room to a bustling bar or restaurant. Some tastings are hosted by distilleries or whiskey experts, while others are more informal and hosted by enthusiasts themselves.


Whether you are a seasoned bourbon drinker or new to the spirit, a bourbon tasting is a great way to deepen your understanding and appreciation of this classic American drink. So gather your friends, set up your glasses, and get ready to explore the world of bourbon.


Bourbon Tasting Groups

The Every Day Tasting:

  • Maker's Mark

  • Bulleit Bourbon

  • Four Roses Small Batch

  • Jim Beam Black

  • Wild Turkey 101


Something Special:

  • Elijah Craig Small Batch

  • Knob Creek Small Batch

  • Woodford Reserve

  • Buffalo Trace

  • Michter's US1


Upscale Tasting:

  • Basil Hayden's

  • Blanton's Original Single Barrel

  • Booker's

  • Old Forester 1920

  • Stagg Jr.


I Want It Smooth:

  • Angel's Envy

  • Jefferson's Ocean

  • Willett Pot Still Reserve

  • Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch

  • Pappy Van Winkle 12 Year Old


Remember, hosting a bourbon tasting can be a fun and educational way to explore the diverse world of this classic American whiskey. By carefully selecting bourbons from different categories and flavor profiles, participants can gain a deeper appreciation for the nuances and complexities of this beloved spirit. Whether hosting a tasting for friends or organizing a larger event, the right combination of bourbons can make for a memorable experience.


Remember to approach tastings with an open mind and a willingness to explore new flavors and styles. As you and your guests sample each bourbon, take note of its unique characteristics and consider how it compares to the others. And most importantly, savor and enjoy each sip! With a little planning and preparation, hosting a bourbon tasting can be a rewarding experience that brings people together to celebrate one of America's most cherished traditions.

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