Note:

2019 Graduation Requirements have changed slightly for Each Degree


Congratulations to some of our Spring 2018 Graduates

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The Certificate of Completion Program

The first and Most Basic of all of our curriculum is the “Certificate of Completion” in Basic Whiskey Studies.

Student must complete a total of THREE Courses and Tastings. Those classes must include any of the four General University Requirements (GURs); Whiskey 101, Bourbon 201, the Jim Beam Distillery Tasting or the Jack Daniel’s Distillery Tasting.

  1. ”Whiskey 101”

  2. “Bourbon 201”

  3. Jim Beam Tasting

  4. Jack Daniel’s Tasting

Upon graduation you will receive an unframed parchment Certificate of Completion.

You will also receive an invitation to apply to the “Bourbon Brigade”


Fall 2017 Graduates during Commencement

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The Bourbon Diploma Program

"Apprentice Bourbon Taster"

The Bourbon Diploma Program covers the many of basics in learning and tasting Bourbons and Whiskies. Student must complete a total of SIX Classes and Tastings. Those classes must include any three of the four the General University Requirements (GURs) of Whiskey 101, Bourbon 201, Jim Beam or Jack Daniels.

In addition to the basics classes each student must complete the core requirements of any TWO Distillery Classes and any one elective class among the 48 classes offered.

Upon Graduation you will receive your Framed Diploma in an 8”x10” plastic frame and earn the title of “Apprentice Bourbon Taster” and upon acceptance of your invitation you will enter with the Commensurate Rank of Sergeant in the “Bourbon Brigade.”

 

. . . Six Completed Classes  earns a   Bourbon Diploma

. . . Six Completed Classes earns a Bourbon Diploma

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The Associate Degree Program

"Journeyman Bourbon Taster"

The Associate Degree Program with a Major in “Bourbon Distilleries” requires that the student must complete a total of THIRTEEN (13) Classes and Tastings including all of the Bourbon Diploma Program and satisfy the GURs.

In addition the student must satisfy a Major Core Requirement of SEVEN (7) Distillery Classes; including three from the Bourbon Capital Region, two from the Bluegrass Region, one from the Whiskey Row Region and one from Tennessee (this total includes the two Distillery Classes taken for the Diploma Program). 

The student must also take from one up to four elective classes among the 48 classes offered.

Upon Graduation you will receive your Framed Diploma in an 8-1/2”x 11” Black Wood frame and earn the title of “Journeyman Bourbon Taster” with the Commensurate Officer Rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade in the “Bourbon Brigade”.

. . .  Thirteen Completed Classes  earns a   Associate Degree

. . . Thirteen Completed Classes earns a Associate Degree

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Congratulations to our Spring 2017 Graduates

 
 
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The Bachelor's in Science Degree Program

"Junior master Bourbon taster"

The Bachelors in Science Degree Program requires that the student must complete a total of TWENTY ONE (21) Classes and Tastings including having already earned their Associate Degree.

In addition, the student must meet the requirements for a Major including the Core Requirement of TWELVE (12) Distillery Classes; including four from the Bourbon Capital Region, three from the Bluegrass Region, two from the Whiskey Row Region and one from Tennessee and any other two elective Distillery Classes (this total includes the seven Distillery Classes taken for the Associates Degree). 

The student must also take two "Other Whiskey" classes, two "Other Bourbon Classification" classes and any two elective classes among the 48 classes offered.

Upon Graduation you will receive your Framed Diploma in an 9”x 12” Mahogany two tone Wood frame and earn the title of “Junior Master Bourbon Taster” and the Commensurate Officer Rank of Lieutenant First Class in the “Bourbon Brigade.”

 
. . .  Twenty one Classes  earn a   Bachelors in Science Degree

. . . Twenty one Classes earn a Bachelors in Science Degree

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The Bachelor's in Arts Degree Program

"Certified master Bourbon taster"

The Bachelors in Arts Degree Program requires that the student must complete a total of TWENTY THREE (23) Classes and Tastings including having already earned their Bachelor’s in Science Degree. The student must also have attended all Three Advanced Courses in one of the Big Three Distilleries (Jim Beam, Heaven Hill or Buffalo Trace). Before graduating the student will have either taught a class of their own or recruited another member that went on to have earned at least a Diploma.

In addition, the student must meet the requirements for a Major including the Core Requirement of TWELVE (12) Distillery Classes; including four from the Bourbon Capital Region, three from the Bluegrass Region, two from the Whiskey Row Region and one from Tennessee and any other two elective Distillery Classes (this total includes the seven Distillery Classes taken for the Associates Degree). 

The student must also take two "Other Whiskey" classes, two "Other Bourbon Classification" classes and any four elective classes among the 48 classes offered.

Upon Graduation you will receive your Framed Diploma in an 9”x 12” Mahogany two tone Wood frame and earn the title of “Certified Master Bourbon Taster” and the Commensurate Officer Rank of Captain in the “Bourbon Brigade."

 

. . .  Twenty three Classes, teach your own class  and  recruit a new member  will earn a   Bachelors in Arts Degree

. . . Twenty three Classes, teach your own class and recruit a new member will earn a Bachelors in Arts Degree

. "Ross Osborne"                        "Troy Rubert"                              "Carl Ingram"                      "Chris Hart"                       favorites:1792 Ridgemont Reserve    Old Forester Prohibition Style              Pappy Van Winkle 23 year       Blanton's Single Barrel


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The Master's in Science Degree Program

“Chartered master Bourbon taster"

The Masters in Science Degree Program requires that the student must complete a total of THIRTY (30) Classes and Tastings including having already earned their Bachelor’s in Science Degree. The student must also have attended all Three Advanced Courses in one of the Big Three Distilleries (Jim Beam, Heaven Hill or Buffalo Trace).

In addition, the student must meet the requirements for a Major including the Core Requirement of TWELVE (16) Distillery Classes; including five from the Bourbon Capital Region, four from the Bluegrass Region, two from the Whiskey Row Region and two from Tennessee and any other four elective Distillery Classes (this total includes the twelve Distillery Classes taken for the Bachelors Degrees). 

The student must also take two "Other Whiskey" classes, two "Other Bourbon Classification" classes and any six elective classes among the 48 classes offered.

Upon Graduation you will receive your Framed Diploma in an 11”x 14” Matted Wood frame and earn the title of “Chartered Master Bourbon Taster” and the Commensurate Senior Officer Rank of Major in the “Bourbon Brigade.”

. . .  Thirty Classes  earn a   Bachelors in Science Degree

. . . Thirty Classes earn a Bachelors in Science Degree


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The Master's in Arts Degree Program

“Senior Chartered master Bourbon taster"

The Masters in Science Degree Program requires that the student must complete a total of THIRTY (33) Classes and Tastings including having already earned their Bachelor’s in Science Degree. The student must also have attended all Three Advanced Courses in TWO of the Big Three Distilleries (Jim Beam, Heaven Hill or Buffalo Trace). Before graduating the student will have either taught a class of their own and recruited another member that went on to have earned at least a Diploma.

In addition, the student must meet the requirements for a Major including the Core Requirement of TWELVE (16) Distillery Classes; including five from the Bourbon Capital Region, four from the Bluegrass Region, two from the Whiskey Row Region and two from Tennessee and any other four elective Distillery Classes (this total includes the twelve Distillery Classes taken for the Bachelors Degrees). 

The student must also take two "Other Whiskey" classes, two "Other Bourbon Classification" classes and any six elective classes among the 48 classes offered.

Upon Graduation you will receive your Framed Diploma in an 11”x 14” Matted Wood frame and earn the title of “Senior Chartered Master Bourbon Taster” and the Commensurate Senior Officer Rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the “Bourbon Brigade.”

. . .  Twenty three Classes, teach your own class  and  recruit a new member  will earn a   Bachelors in Arts Degree

. . . Twenty three Classes, teach your own class and recruit a new member will earn a Bachelors in Arts Degree

Winter 2017 "Certificate of Completion" Recipients

. . . "Chuck Bryn" . . . . “Chris Hart" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . "Matt Hart" . . "Gary White"

. . . "Chuck Bryn" . . . . “Chris Hart" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . "Matt Hart" . . "Gary White"

Public Classes will be offered Monthly

 

Held at Battleground South Cigar & Bourbon Bar, located at 1020 South Garden Street, Columbia, TN. Classes are taught by Bourbon and Whiskey expert, Colonel Craig Duncan, and hosted by Julian Griffin owner of Battleground South. Battleground South is one of the best known cigar bars in Tennessee. Nothing goes better together than Bourbon and Cigars. 

 

COMING SOON!!!!!

Online Courses

At Whiskey University, we offer online courses. These courses are very similar to our tastings, but in a virtual realm. Here, you will be able to witness tastings and information from our instructor Craig Duncan. Craig is a long time whiskey educator who has a vast historical knowledge and expert tasting experience. In these courses, you will not only learn the history behind these delicate drinks, but also be able to conduct tastings, expand your knowledge and even brushed up on your lingo for a bar setting.

(You never know who you'll need to impress)


Living it up in Whiskey Style

here at: "Battleground South Cigar & Bourbon Bar" see Map below