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MIT Alumni Whisky Blending Workshop
Aug 07 - Virtual Event

Join your fellow MIT alumni for an interactive workshop on fine whisky!

This is a good event for those of us who like to get our hands dirty - in this case, making our own blended whisky. The evening will be led by Holly Seidewand (pictured), brand ambassador for Bacardi, the company that produces the renowned Dewar's brand of blended Scotch whisky, as well as several single malts including Aberfeldy, Craigellachie, and Royal Brackla. Holly will discuss the nuances and production techniques of malt whisky versus grain whisky and will do a deep dive into single malts and how we can combine their flavor profiles along with grain whisky to create a unique blend.

Using a special blending kit, we'll then sample an array of single malts and grain whisky and use them to make our own blended whiskies.

No prior knowledge of whisky required, but the mind of a mad scientist is definitely encouraged!

Whisky Details

For alumni in Massachusetts: We have partnered with a local fine whisky retailer to provide special whisky blending kits for this event only! You won't find this kit anywhere else!

Read on for more details...

You can purchase a blending kit from Norfolk Wine & Spirits here: Whisky Blending Kit

The blending kit includes:

  • 1 full-size (750 mL) bottle of Aberfeldy 12 Year, the heart of the Dewar's blend
  • 1 oz of Dewar's 12 Year blended scotch
  • 1 oz of Craigellachie 13 Year single malt scotch
  • 1 oz of Royal Brackla 12 Year single malt scotch
  • 1 oz of Bain's Cape Mountain single grain whisky
  • 1 pipette
  • 1 small funnel
  • Information packet

The kits cost $60 and are available for free delivery on August 1st or 2nd, between the hours of 11am and 5pm EDT. Delivery (or shipping) is an extra $20 for addresses on the islands or in the following counties: Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire.

Kits must be ordered prior to 6:00pm EDT on July 31st to be delivered on August 1st or 2nd.

When placing your order, select "In-store or curbside pickup" for the shipping, and indicate your preferred delivery date (August 1st or 2nd) in the "Order notes" section. You will be contacted by Norfolk Wine & Spirits when your order is going to be delivered. 21+ adult must be present to receive delivery.

If you are not available to receive your delivery on August 1st or 2nd, the kit can be shipped to you for an additional fee.

All of the Bacardi whiskies at Norfolk Wine & Spirits are being discounted for MIT alumni in recognition of this event, and you can view pricing here: Bacardi Whisky Discount. Your discounted order can be delivered with your blending kit if purchased in time. Discounts will be available through Sunday, August 9th.

For alumni outside Massachusetts: Holly recommends you find a bottle of Dewar's 12 (also available in 50 mL mini bottles), Aberfeldy 12, and/or Royal Brackla 12 to sample along with the group over the course of the evening. Check with your local retailer for availability, or consider ordering from one of these online retailers:

If you're unable to procure the blending kit or a recommended bottle, bring any spirit of your liking (preferably whisky) and enjoy the event.



MIT COVID-19 Response Funds

In exchange for the value you receive from this event, we ask that you make a donation (in an amount of your choosing) to the MIT Covid-19 Response Funds.



Funds will support:

MIT COVID-19 Research Fund

Gifts to support MIT’s response to help with the Covid-19 crisis, including providing equipment, space, expertise, and other resources to local area hospitals and other health care providers. Contributions to this fund will supplement Institute resources that are already being applied to these immediate medical needs including through the Medical Outreach and Crisis Management Team led by Professor Elazer Edelman, such as donations of personal protective equipment. Gifts will also support the work of Project Manus under Professor Martin Culpepper for projects including the design and mass manufacture of disposable face shields.

MIT COVID-19 Emergency Fund

Gifts to support MIT faculty and researchers addressing various aspects of the Covid-19 pandemic, including vaccine development, portable ventilators, AI solutions, and improved protective equipment.

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Date and Time

Friday, August 07, 2020
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM PT

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