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2019 - Whiskey Maturation and Blending with Nancy Fraley
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 Export to Your Calendar 12/8/2019 to 12/10/2019
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Ironroot Republic Distilling
3111 Loy Lake Rd
Denison, Texas  75020
United States
Contact: Anne-Sophie Whitehead


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

Ironroot Republic Distilling – Denison, TX.

Instructor: Nancy Fraley, Nosing Services

Day 1 (Sunday)

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) 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) 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. 

$2,900 fee includes:

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

Note: $2,750 early bird fee ends on Labor Day – Sept 15, 2019 at midnight PST


For more information, contact:

    • Anne-Sophie Whitehead – 973-698-4861 – annesophie@distilling.com

Dallas Love Field and Dallas Fort Worth are about 1.5 hr from Denison without traffic. The hotel recommends Heart & Soul Transportation, owner LaJune Dunlap 469-262-5238 & 903-819-0913  for transportation. If you opt to rent a car, parking is free at the hotel. We will use the hotel's van for transportation to/from the distillery.

Our hotel is the Hilton Garden Denison Texoma Event Center - 5015 South US Hwy 75, Denison TX 75020

Once you have made your transportation arrangements, please let me know your arrival and departure information at annesophie@distilling.com, as well as your cell phone (if not already communicated) so we know when to expect people and suggest carpooling.


If you are planning on leaving Sunday night, please note that Nancy expect to be leading tastings and blendings until mid-afternoon.

We look forward to meeting everyone!

Anne-Sophie Whitehead


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