Austin has a full lineup of masterclasses and we’ll tease you with a brief description of two of them:
The master distiller, Chip Tate, from Balcones Distillery (“Icons of Whisky” craft distiller of 2012), will gives us an insight on Whisky Aromas and where they come from. This is a hands-on (nose-on) work-shop aimed at helping us understand the spirit we love. Where do the fruity aromas come from? Coconut aromas? Solvent smells? We'll focus on a handful of key aromas and discuss their origins in the whiskey making process.
Dave Scheurich, retired Woodford Reserve Distillery Manager and recipient of Whiskey Advocate magazine’s 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award, will enlighten us on what influences whisky flavors. We’ll start with a brief history of how whiskey making evolved in the US along with explaining the different spirits and whiskeys, i.e., Tennessee whiskey, bourbon, Canadian, Scotch, Irish, etc. Dave will cover the production steps of making whiskey and eleven factors that influence whiskey flavors. He will conclude with how to judge a good whiskey and the tasting of The Tennessee Spirits Company products. You be the judge as you taste Jailers Tennessee Whiskey, Breakout 8 year Old Rye Whiskey and Forbidden Secret American Whiskey Cream Liquor.
Two other classes without need for description will be David Blackmore (Glenmorangie and Ardbeg), and a Cigar and Whisky pairing class. Although these two classes require no introduction to fill them up, we’ll give details in the next issue of Whisky Matters.
A few Austin brands to whet your appetite (list is not complete):