Certified Bourbon Steward

Study at your own pace.

The Certified Bourbon Steward membership is a self-study program for bourbon enthusiasts from all walks of life. This in-depth program is designed so that once you’re a Bourbon Steward, you’ll be able to discuss America’s native spirit both confidently and accurately, as well as be able to make recommendations to friends, family, and others based on their individual taste and preferences.

  • What makes a bourbon a bourbon, and how it is different from other whiskies.
  • What the different descriptors of bourbon mean
  • The science behind distilling and aging
  • Identify Kentucky’s heritage brands and which distilleries produce them.
  • Build a virtual flight of 3 bourbons demonstrating the relationship among the products, describing their characteristics and nuances with nosing and tasting notes.
  • Accurate bourbon history, including Kentucky’s role in its creation.
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The studying may be a challenge, but the process of getting certified is easy.

  • Purchase the study guide
  • Study
  • Take the test online using the unique code found in your book

Then, you can start training your nose with our Bourbon Steward Sensory Training Kit. Or, you can sign up for an Executive Spirit Steward Program and bring one home for free.

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Looking for a higher level of spirit education?

Getting certified online is a great start to your spirit education journey, but there's no match for actually being in the classroom and learning in-person. Check our Executive Spirit Steward Programs.

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