Friday, Apr 19, 4-6 PM

Why Whiskey Matters


From smoky, peaty scotch to sweet Kentucky bourbon, there’s a dizzying world of whiskeys as varied and complex as that of wine or beer. Arguably no other spirit boasts such a diaspora of flavor profiles. We’ll guide you through tastings that span three continents and take a magnifying glass to the many factors, from the grains in the mash to the barrels used for aging, that come together inside your glass. Learn to choose the perfect pour and fully appreciate its dimension whether you’re enjoying it neat or on the rocks or spotlighting it in great cocktails.This class is strictly 21+. IDs will be checked upon arrival. About the Instructors Born and raised in Washington, D.C., T. Cole Newton made his way to New Orleans in 2006 as an AmeriCorps volunteer in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He began bartending shortly thereafter, earning his stripes at Commander’s Palace and Coquette, and went on to open his Mid-City dive, Twelve Mile Limit, in 2010. Since then, Twelve Mile Limit has become a mainstay on the Times-Picayune’s annual list of New Orleans’ top ten bars and was named the best bar in New Orleans by The Manual in 2017. (Stay tuned for his second location, The Domino, in the Bywater!) Cole is the current Vice President and former President of the New Orleans chapter of the United States Bartenders’ Guild. Kristin Estadt is a Certified Sommelier and the Bar Manager at Commander’s Palace. She has a degree in Hospitality from the University of Memphis and studied wine in Italy. As a passionate restaurant and beverage professional with over 15 years in the industry, she seeks opportunities to promote the expansive landscape of beverages from spirits to fine wines and everything in between. In her spare time, Kristin enjoys whiskey and live music, usually at the same time. FAQs When is check-in?Please plan to arrive 15 minutes before class begins so that you can check in at our front desk and start settling in. What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?You will find ample street parking and several paid parking lots in the blocks surrounding NOCHI. The streetcar also runs directly outside our building! Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?No! We'll be checking names on our guest list. Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?Absolutely. Let us know if you have any questions. Is it OK if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?That's fine! Just make sure they let us know upon check-in. Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?We serve alcohol to anyone age 21+ and will be checking IDs upon arrival. May I take photos during class?Feel free to document your experience with us and share it on social media with the hashtag #intheNOCHI! You can find us on Instagram @nochi_grams, on Twitter @nochi_tweets, or on Facebook. Please leave professional photography and video equipment at home. How can I contact the organizer with any other questions?Drop us a line!