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Major in spirits at Woodford’s Bourbon Academy

Woodford Reserve Distillery, 7855 McCracken Pike, Versailles, will offer four one-day Bourbon Academy immersion classes, covering all aspects of the the craft of distilling, at various times in the new year.

The class includes an extensive behind-the-scenes tour of the Woodford Reserve Distillery, an interactive demonstration of choosing grains to make a balanced mash bill, fermenting the mash, a demonstration of charring a barrel, and two tastings of a variety of whiskies and bourbons. Woodford Reserve Chef-in-Residence Ouita Michel will guide students through a Flavor Wheel demonstration, to improve both taste discrimination and vocabulary to describe what you are tasting. Michel and her kitchen staff will also provide a bourbon-inspired lunch.

Master Distiller Chris Morris will guide the Feb. 28 and June 20 classes, and Master Taster Marianne Barnes will do March 21 and August 22. Reservations required; cost is $225 a person plus tax and includes lunch.

Go to the Woodford Reserve website to register for their newsletter to get information about signing up for classes.