Blending and Maturation Workshop with Nancy Fraley





Blending and Maturation Workshop

Friday, December 8 and Saturday, December 9, 2017


Ironroot Republic Distilling – Denison, TX.


Instructor: Nancy Fraley, Nosing Services


Day 1 (Friday) will be spent mostly in a classroom setting, as we examine the traditional philosophies and methods of blending whiskey and rum, and “cross-over” techniques in blending, and borrowing from one tradition to the other to create something new.

Other topics will include how the barrel room or warehouse can be used as a tool to achieve certain aromatic profiles, wood policy, the effects of entry proof, water reduction or “proofing” theories, etc.

Finally, we will discuss the practical applications of blending, selecting and balancing the proper components for the blend to achieve a targeted whiskey or rum profile, and the impact on flavor of spirit and wood.

Day 2 (Saturday) will be much more “hands-on” as we work at the IronRoot Republic distillery. We’ll discuss cellar management, learn what to look for when creating a blend when analyzing barrel samples, and finally, creating blends that will be judged by other class participants

$1,700 fee includes:

  • 2 days of Blending & Maturation instruction
  • Breakfast and Lunch on Friday and Saturday
  • Welcome reception Thursday night
  • Farewell dinner Saturday night
  • Hotel Thursday night, Friday night and Saturday night
  • Transportation between hotel and Iroonroot Republic Distilling

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For more information, contact:

    • Andrew Faulkner – 415-517-7377 –
    • Anne-Sophie Whitehead – 973-698-4861 –