Liquid Sunshine: Scotch Whisky and Irish Whiskey

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About the Series

In partnership with the University of Notre Dame Alumni Association, we are proud to be part of the ThinkND virtual series exploring wine, beer, and spirits. All lectures are presented virtually, free to attend, and open to all.

The Secret Life of Spirits: Scotch Whisky and Irish Whiskey

George Bernard Shaw famously called whiskey “liquid sunshine.” But what does it really take to bottle sunshine? Join Notre Dame chemistry professor Ken Kuno and Ron C. Runnebaum, associate professor in the Department of Viticulture and Enology at the Robert Mondavi Institute of Wine and Food Science at UC Davis, as they uncover the chemical mysteries behind Scotch Whisky and Irish Whiskey and answer the age-old question of how one spells it correctly.

Upcoming Topics

The Secret Life of Spirits will focus on various types of spirits, including:

  • Vodka, Rum and Gin
  • Grape-based brandies (Cognac, Brandy, Pisco, Armagnac, Grapa)

Join us for this new series from the College of Science and Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, in collaboration with the Robert Mondavi Institute at UC Davis, and co-sponsored by YoungND and Notre Dame Senior Alumni.

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