Meet The Expert Tasters Who Look After Our Bourbon
Every whiskey barrel and batch sample delivered to Heaven Hill Distillery’s quality control lab undergoes rigorous chemical analysis. But until our human tasting team approves them, none gets bottled. The toughest test is the three-person gauntlet of scrutiny known as Chris Briney, Tawnie Gootee and Mike Sonne. With nearly 100 years of collective experience at the distillery, they know better than anyone how our whiskeys must look, smell and taste.
The Legacy of Mike Sonne, Master Taster
“Process engineer” is Mike Sonne’s official title at Heaven Hill Distillery, but neither of those words provides any insight into the coolest aspect of his job: the role of master taster.