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Christian Ridout is the ‘Spirits Guide’ of Blind Barrels, hosting our Whiskey Masterclass,
moderating our virtual tastings, and curating our tasting boxes. His goal is to help you better understand
your taste and flavor preferences through our Blind Barrels program.
Christian dove head first into the whiskey hobby a decade ago, falling in love with America’s
native spirit, and has since developed a passion for educating others and sharing its history. In 2016 he
founded the Ventura Whiskey & Spirits Society, a local spirits group that focuses on exploring, learning
and enjoying whiskey as well as expanding into a variety of spirit categories. In the last few years,
Christian has become passionate about the bourgeoning craft spirits industry here in the US and is excited
to share the stories of these distilleries producing high quality spirits from grain to glass.
01 Intro to Whiskey Masterclass
Welcome to the Blind Barrels Masterclass, where you’ll learn how to taste whiskey, discover
whiskey’s recipe and the role in that taste, and the history behind it all.
02 Tasting Whiskey 101
Tasting whiskey is a whole different ballgame than merely drinking whiskey!
We’ll break down what to look for in every aspect of each dram.
03 Mashbill - Whiskey's Recipe
Sometimes thought of as a “recipe”, the mashbill is the breakdown of grains that goes into
making your favorite whiskey unique! Think of it as the start of the DNA for each bottle.
04 Know Your Whiskey History
Like many tasting notes in fine whiskey, Whiskey History is deep and nuanced. We’ll start
with the Irish monks who discovered it and journey through the rise in early American history, its
decline in the 20th century amidst Prohibition and The Great Depression, and its rebirth in the 21st
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