Have you ever taken a sip of a favorite aperitif and wished you could describe its subtle flavors with a bit more precision than, "it's really good?" Well, Park City-based Alpine Distilling (7132 Silver Creek Rd) may have the solution you've been looking for. In addition to crafting unique whiskeys and spirits, the distillery is also offering new experiential events, dubbed the Aroma Game and Foundations of Flavor, to help guests develop greater sensory awareness, specifically smell and taste.
During the two-hour Foundation of Flavor program, you first are introduced to a number of different aromatic stimulants so you can begin to explore and discuss the characteristics of distillates. Once you've sufficiently warmed up your olfactory senses, while receiving a bit of insight into how these smells change the tasting experience, you'll get to put your skills to the test on actual spirits. Essentially, it boils down to a tasting with a lot of interesting information you may never have considered sipping your favorite whiskey.
The Aroma Game is a one-hour event that has guests guessing the aromatic notes to describe Alpine's award-winning spirits. It's a matching game of sorts. First you'll have the chance to identify aromas (peach, smoke, vanilla, wood, etc.) and compare results with other participants. Then when you have your nose tuned in, you'll try out your new skills on the spirits. At the end of the event, you'll also be able to "build" your own spirits profile based on the aromas you enjoy best so you know exactly what to look for the next time you're in the liquor store. Alpine Distilling specifically collaborated on the creation of this unique experience with the prestigious Aroma Academy of Scotland.
“In addition to fostering an elevated appreciation for distilled spirits, these tasting events are designed to be both educational and fun regardless of the level of knowledge participants have coming into them,” explains Alpine Distilling’s Founder and Distiller Rob Sergent. “It’s a unique activity for corporate group team building and a diversion for leisure travelers seeking an off-slope or après ski experience with a flavor and aroma adventure.”
Space for each Aroma Game Tasting is limited to sixteen participants to ensure a personalized experience for guest. Several sessions are being offered in December, so head over to Alpine Distilling's website to get in on the action. If you love the experience, you can even take an Aroma Academy Game Kit (for whiskey, wine, or gin) home as a souvenir. We'll raise a glass to that!