History and Practical Knowledge of the primary whisky regions from around the world including the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, and Japan (written test requiring 75% passing grade)
Public Speaking and Storytelling
Palate competency training and deductive tasting
Part 1 The World of Whisky
A discussion of whiskies made across the world. You will hear the history, learn the stories, and taste the end results. When you walk away, you will be able to hold a knowledgeable discussion with any whisky drinker anywhere in the world.
Part 2 The Art of Public Speaking
We will teach you the fine art of getting and holding attention, storytelling, and creating a confident presentation of the deep, broad knowledge you hold in your head. Passing on the passion and romance of whisky is all about stories.
Part 3 Marketing of Upscale Products
How do you sell upscale products or services, especially in our changing economy? The same way successful people always have: with language that has a sense of glamor, mystery, and magic; with messaging that doesn’t just tell people “what,” or “how,” but strongly communicates “why.” We will take you through this section focused on writing and communicating the glamor of whisky.
Part 4 Deductive Tasting
We introduce you to the science and art of deductive tasting. You will use these fundamentals to begin building a catalog of whisky scents, tastes, and historical palate references.
COVID: We don’t care if you take a vaccine or not. Politics has nothing to do with it. The fact is there are people on campus whose entire livelihood and income depend on their ability to smell and taste. It’s not perfect, but we’re doing what we can to mitigate risk.
We’re asking everyone attending to use a home test each morning, starting the day before class begins. If you test positive, we simply ask that you not rejoin the group. We’ll give you full credit for taking the class in the future.
If this option is not palatable to you then it would be best not to sign up for an in-person class at this time.