We’ve been scanning the various virtual tours and tastings available online, and we just learned that beer festivals were going virtual. Now, there’s an online whiskey event planned for May 2, 2020, called Whiskey From Home.
The free event is scheduled from Noon to 5:30 p.m. ET, and will let you interact with some of the leading bourbon media personalities. This fun and educational afternoon will include cocktail breaks and virtual tastings. There’s even a shopping list to help you prepare for the cocktail sessions, food pairings, and expertly guided bourbon tastings. Here’s a rundown of the day:
Noon – Kickoff with Bourbon Pursuit podcast
12:05 – 12:35 – How well do you know bourbon? From bourbon basics to more advanced technical and historical knowledge, Breaking Bourbon breaks down common topics to find out what’s real and what’s myth.
12:35 – 1:05 – E.H. Taylor despised Stagg and other stories of bourbon justice. Dusty bourbon lawsuits expose long-lost facts and reveal the maverick mentality that is part of bourbon’s rich heritage, especially in early trademark fights. The same trademark wars are being waged today as brands jockey to distinguish themselves in an ever-crowded field.
1:05 – 1:15 – Cocktail break. Make an Old Fashioned with a maple syrup twist.
1:15 – 1:45 – How to host a kick-ass bourbon tasting. Kerry Bossak from Subourbia will guide you through the process to keep things small, simple, and still amazingly fun.
1:45 – 2:15 – The most underrated bourbons on the shelf right now. There’s a lot of great bourbon out there and this panel discussion will explore everyday bargains, bottom shelfers, and some of the best releases that don’t get enough attention. After this session, you will have to make room for a few more bottles.
2:15 – 2:30 – Time for another drink! This time, learn how to make a Black Walnut Manhattan.
2:30 – 3:00 – Craft whiskey is getting better. Craft whiskey has gotten a bad reputation, but that’s started to change. Enthusiasts are now selecting barrel picks from New Riff, Wilderness Trail, and others. This discussion will explore the important changes made over the last 6-8 years.
3:00 – 3:30 – Which fork do I use with my bourbon? This seminar by Master Bourbon Taster and Bourbon Hall of Famer, Peggy Noe Stevens will give you the secrets to creating the perfect bourbon and food pairings in your home. Her three-step method will teach you what goes great together.
3:30 – 4:00 – The secret to finding great bourbon… and what not to do. Quit chasing unicorns. Stop asking for Pappy. There’s plenty of great bourbon if you know what you are doing. The panelists will give tips on getting your hands on really unique single barrels and the best way to rub shoulders with your local liquor store owner.
4:00-4:15 – Cocktail break. Learn how to make a New York Sour.
4:15 – 4:45 – The flight fight done right. There’s never been a better time to take an evening and set up a blind flight for yourself. This session will take you through what you need to set it up, give expert tips, and talk about different ways you can design themes for your flights. There will even be a blind flight during the session, so grab some whiskey and drink along.
4:45 – 5:15 – Expert bourbon tasting with Fred Minnick. He’ll guide you through a virtual tasting of Maker’s Mark, Four Roses Small Batch, Buffalo Trace, Wild Turkey 101, and Angel’s Envy bourbons.
5:15 – 5:30 – Event closing with Bourbon Pursuit podcast.
Throughout the day, you’ll have to the opportunity to network with the presenters and everyone watching through real-time chat.