Holding a Bourbon Tasting

Holding a Bourbon Tasting!

Do you love drinking bourbon and want to bring the experience to the next level? Do you dream of becoming a Tenessee Master Taster? Well put your senses to the test and learn how to score like a TennesseeMaster Taster. Learn how to gauge the entire experience by rating the bourbon’s Nose, Taste, Finish and Ballance together for a final score. It takes time to get the hang of it, but once you do you you’ll find you have a deeper appreciation for this famous American libation.

What bourbon do I choose? The great thing about bourbon, which is not true of all hard liquors, is that it doesn’t have to be an expensive bourbon to be good. There are some great bourbons on the market that can be found for $25 or less. So do a little research online or just throw caution to the wind and pick a bottle off the shelf at random. You’ll find scoring “lesser” bourbons will help you appreciate the “greater” bourbons even more.

 Bourbon Tasting Materials

The key to a successful bourbon tasting is organization. Whether you want hold a bourbon tasting for a group of friends or just by yourself, we have the tools to help make the experience easy and fun. Feel free to download any or all of the PDFs on this page and share them with your friends.

pdfScore Sheet – A great way to guide your bourbon experience and keep a record of it as well, the score sheet allows you to record the name, proof, year of the bourbon, as well as room for tasting notes and recording the score for the four parts: Nose, Taste, Finish and Balance.


Flavor Wheel
– Need some help identifying that ellusive bouquet you can’t quite place in the nose of your whiskey? This wheel chart is great instrument to help single out individual notes resting (and sometimes hiding) in the bourbon.

Bourbon Score Chart 
– Great reference to keep on the table as you assemble the score your bourbon experience.


 Blind Tasting

A great way to keep your guests on their toes is not to let them know the bourbon they are scoring. We’ve found this can remove bias that sometimes happens when members are scoring bottles they know to be good (or bad). It can be a little intimidating (the last thing you want to do is score a bottle of rare Hirsch like it’s bottle of Canadian Club) but in time you learn to trust you senses and ultimately refine your scoring ability.

Good luck and most important, enjoy!