Certified Bourbon Steward

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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 confidently and accurately, as well as be able to make recommendations to friends, family, and others based on their individual taste and preferences.

Key Concepts Covered:

  • 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.

Included with your online access:

  • The Bourbon Steward Handbook 
  • A crossed thieves lapel pin (upon course completion)

Studying may be a challenge, but the process of getting certified is easy.

Structure at-a-Glance:

  • Study the Bourbon Steward Handbook
  • Take the online test
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.

Ready 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 our Executive Bourbon Steward experience. Designed for industry professionals and bourbon enthusiasts alike, our in-person and online offerings provide a strengthened understanding of the technical side of bourbon production, its history and relationship to other whiskeys, and the variety of aromas and flavors found in different expressions, giving you all the tools you need to build creative flights and guide your own engaging sensory experiences.

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