On February 24, Aroma Academy U.S. brings a new kind of whiskey training to the United States. You can go to as many tastings as you like, but until you’re trained in the aromatics of fine whiskey, you’re never going to really understand what’s in your glass.

Aroma Academy has trained thousands of mixologists, servers, retailers, and distributors around the world in the aromatics of fine spirits and wine. For the first time, this training is available in the home of Bourbon, one of the world’s great whiskeys. 

Kim Lahiri, Aroma Academy’s head of training in Europe, will guide the class, which is limited to 40 people. Participants will learn how to identify and articulate the aromas that combine into the noses of fine Bourbon, Scotch, and Irish whiskeys. Those aromas make up 95% of what is perceived as flavor.

We’ll start the day building understanding of how aromatics works: how humans perceive smell; how differences in production techniques, environment, and tradition influence the spirit’s nose; and how an individual’s subjective olfactory experience can be translated into a vocabulary understandable to all.

When the full-day class is done, attendees will have a much deeper understanding of how a whiskey (or whisky) will be perceived both on its own and in the context of a cocktail. And, as a side benefit, they’ll have their palates good and ready for the Bourbon Classic that weekend.

Remember, seating is very limited, so sign up now.