Created in partnership with The Whiskey People [Capital Scotch and Whiskey (CSAW), a Washington State nonprofit], this certificate provides an avenue for people to learn the culture and history that surrounds whiskey and to build appreciation and understanding of whiskey from an academic and experiential perspective.
The local group Capital Scotch and Whiskey (CSAW) first started meeting in Summer 2014. A small group donated a scotch tasting to a local Rotary Club, and after the tasting, they wanted to meet regularly. Since then, CSAW has grown to over 260 members and have had monthly meetings spanning most of the topics offered in this certificate. In Summer 2015, the informal CSAW group formed a nonprofit, The Whiskey People. The nonprofit activities are typically event and education driven in collaboration with other larger groups. Visit them online: thewhiskeypeople.com
Register for the entire series of classes or for individual classes listed below.
This foundational class explores taste, how to describe it, how to recognize your own palate, and industry terminology. This class is great for beginners or those with some experience tasting whiskey who want to engage more fully in the experience and learn more about what makes this product unique. Plus, experience the practice of "Whiskey Yoga."
» Register for THE LANGUAGE OF WHISKEY
Learn the history and flavor profiles of whiskey from different regions of the world. Each class session will be unique to a region and go into depth with the ingredients, processing, and traditions that make these distilled products what they are. The first region will be Scotland followed by Ireland, North American, and International.
» Register for HISTORY AND TYPES OF WHISKEY
Distilling whiskey might be the easier part of actually making whiskey. Come and learn about the complexities that come with the craft from a distiller's perspective. Learn what is happening with the whiskey market from a world industry level and local Washington State level.
» Register for THE BUSINESS OF WHISKEY
Whiskey can be enjoyed by itself, but also as a mixed drink. Join our master mixologists from local area bars and restaurants as they understand the most popular flavor profiles of whiskey cocktails and teach you the tricks to creating the perfect drink for the palate.
» Register for WHISKEY COCKTAILS
Based on your new found knowledge of whiskey profiles and signatures, it is now time to learn how to pair whiskey with certain flavor elements in food. This class will cover how to determine what matches well with what and why such pairing is a matter of both contrast and similarities. Whiskey and food type samples will be provided. Must be 21+ to attend.
» Register for WHISKEY AND FOOD FLAVOR PAIRING