Blending, Maturation, & Warehousing Workshop




Blending and Maturation Workshop


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Sunday December 8, Monday December 9 and Tuesday December 10, 2019

Ironroot Republic Distilling – Denison, TX.

Instructor: Nancy Fraley, Nosing Services

Arrivals (Saturday 12/7) – Meet & Greet reception at the hotel

Day 1 (Sunday 12/8)

Our first day together will be spent in a classroom setting, as we examine the traditional philosophies and methods of blending whiskey, rum, and brandy, as well as “crossover” techniques in blending, such as 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 and cask management, the effects of entry proof, water reduction or “proofing” theories, the use of traditional blending tools such as boisé, laboratory equipment, etc

We will also discuss the practical applications of blending, selecting and balancing the proper components for the blend to achieve a targeted spirit profile, and the impact on flavor of spirit and wood. Finally, we will look at fractional methods of blending.


Day 2 (Monday 12/9) will be a “sensory” day devoted to putting the previous day’s theories to the test with nosing and tasting analysis of barrel samples, finished products, etc. We will learn what to look for when creating a blend when analyzing barrel samples. There will be a brief lecture on cellar management, the function and anatomy of the barrel, and the physiology of oak.


Day 3 (Tuesday 12/10) will be a “hands-on” day where the class will be broken into groups and will be asked to replicate product “standards” which the instructor has created, that will be judged by other class participants. We will also discuss safety as it relates to the blending process. Finally, distillers Jonathon and Robert Likarish from Iron Root Republic will lead us on a tour of the barrel room and a tasting through their barrels. 


Departures (Wednesday 12/11)

Dallas airports are about one and a half hour away without traffic. We will finish Tuesday afternoon with experiential learning ending around 4:30pm (you can leave early if necessary), or you can leave on Wednesday morning.



$2,900 fee includes:

  • 3 days of instruction
  • Breakfast and Lunch on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday
  • Welcome reception Saturday night
  • Farewell dinner Monday night
  • Hotel Saturday,  Sunday Monday and Tuesday nights
  • Transportation between hotel and IroonRoot Republic Distilling

Transportation between Dallas airports and IronRoot Republic is not provided. If you rent a car, Parking at the hotel is free. Additional information on traveling to/from Denison will be available during registration.


Note: $2,750 early bird price ends September 15, 2019

For more information, contact:

    • Anne-Sophie Whitehead – 973-698-4861 –


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