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Corkdorks Whiskey U by Straight Up 615
September 14 @ 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
*free with your Nashville Whiskey Festival tickets- additional tastings in an intimate setting, educational conversations, and swag!
Ham It Up: TN vs KY– Top Chef contestant Sara Bradley and local legend Matt Bolus go head to head pairing country hams and whiskeys from their home states. In this game of pork and whiskey, no one loses.
Better Whiskey Through Chemistry- Congeners, lignins, phenolic compounds, oh my. Ever wondered where that banana smell comes from? Or why all those stills are made of fingerprint-prone copper? Dust off your Trapper Keeper and dive deep into the science of making whiskey.
Wood Works– Kelvin Cooperage discusses how wood impacts a whiskey’s final flavors and aromas, and how they select barrels for finishing. What happens in the barrel doesn’t stay in the barrel… thankfully!
Dram It. Who Puts An E In Whisk(e)y?– Master of Scotch Craig Vaught explores the history and tradition of the pot still through Scotch and Irish Whiskies. Compare and contrast the techniques, rules, and ingredients of the neighboring producers.
The Not So Smooth Road To Tennessee Whiskey– In what will be the largest convergence of Tennessee Whiskey producers, we’ll discuss the history of our native spirit. From early settlers, through Prohibition, to the ever-expanding current landscape of Tennessee Whiskey distillers, we’ll finally answer the question, is Tennessee Whiskey really bourbon?
Crafty– Craft Distillers come together to discuss the challenges, opportunities, freedoms, and frustrations of distilling on the small side of the tracks.
It’s In the Nose- Behind the scenes, these organoleptically inclined professionals create the products we know and love. Learn what the experts are looking for when analyzing barrel samples and creating a blend, how to nose your whiskey for faults, and identify aromatic profiles.
Mix It Up– Curated, crafted, thoughtful cocktails are all they’re cracked up to be. Cooper Spirits lends us Ryan Yamada to shake up a batch of courage- the courage to create your own cocktail with an interactive mixology lesson.
Once On This Island– Single Malt Specialist Benjamin Boice discusses a
big whisky from a tiny island. Learn how Jura is expanding the idea of
Scotch whisky and leading blending for the next generation.