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Tasting whiskey and talking about its complex flavor profiles can be pretty daunting for a whiskey novice.

But in the hospitality industry, it’s important to know your product and get the vocabulary down pat when you’re making recommendations to customers. And thankfully, the process of training your palate to pick up all the subtle and complex flavors involves sipping a whiskey or two!

In this online lesson, bartender and beverage director Dustin Haarstad and Westland’s master distiller Matt Hoffman break down the whiskey tasting process.

What you'll learn in the How to talk about whiskey flavor lesson

  • How to partake in a whiskey tasting
  • How to train your palate to get the most out of the tasting
  • How and why taste and aroma is perceived differently by individuals

Who the Whiskey basics course is for

Servers and bartenders, delve into the wonderful world of whiskey and up your dram game with help from the experts!


Dustin Haarstad

Dustin Haarstad is a bartender and beverage director at the acclaimed whiskey bar Canon, and the founder of cocktail consulting company Blind Tiger Cocktail Co.

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