Four Classes for the Over-21 Crowd

How to better appreciate whiskey and more.

American novelist Raymond Chandler once said, “There is no bad whiskey. There are only some whiskeys that aren’t as good as others.” That may be true, but learning to understand whiskey’s subtleties and tasting notes can be a rewarding experience that leads to a deeper appreciation and knowledge of the malted grain spirit. With spirits gaining popularity amongst U.S. drinkers, it’s a great time to fine-tune your palate, in whiskey and beyond, to refine your tastes for a more enjoyable imbibing experience. From a beginners point of view, to more seasoned tasters and anyone in-between, there are a plethora of classes in the Puget Sound region to suit any spirited interest.

For beginners, North Seattle College’s Whiskey Bootcamp is a great way to enrich your knowledge and learn about bourbon, rye, scotch, and other types of whiskey from around the world, including their history, how they’re made, what they have in common and how they differ. In just two hours, you can learn to better appreciate whiskey’s intricacies and toast to your new knowledge every time you sip.

Take your whiskey learning one step further with a two-hour class on single malt scotch. Learn how famous whiskies are made and how the local water, size, and shape of each still make every whisky as unique as the people who distill them. While you are at it, why not try your hand at distilling your own brand of spirits! Learn the inner-workings of a grain-to-glass craft distillery operation by being a Distiller for a Day. This one-day workshop is focused on creating a unique, nuanced, and balanced spirit to delight your palate while you gain insight into the craft (and heft!) of distilling. Bring a friend or partner and enjoy a day in beautiful Snohomish, and treat yourself to a unique experience.

Finally, round out your knowledge and add mixology to your skills list! Join the Eat Seattle team in the beautiful space of SieMatic in Belltown for a tutorial in mixology. This luxury interior kitchen design store is a gorgeous space for mixologist Eric Olinsky to walk your taste buds through mixing, infusing and garnishing cocktails. Not only will you make tasty drinks, but this class is a great way to become familiar with local distilleries and the history of alcohol in Seattle. This experience combines delicious, interesting, and fun in one.

With over 760 craft distillers across the country, according to the American Distilling Institute, and many more under development, the craft spirit movement is here to stay! Get in on the action and build your tasting skills with classes from some of the finest providers in Washington State. Visit Connect2Classes and browse the Beverages/Spirits category to register today!

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