Miami Presents: Charter Day Ball Virtual Bourbon Tasting with Phil Kollin '00

Presented on: Saturday, April 17th at 7:30 PM EDT

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Celebrate Charter Day Ball: Virtual Edition by starting your evening with a virtual bourbon tasting with Phil Kollin '00! After the bourbon tasting we invite alumni, friends, and family to head on over to the virtual Charter Day Ball, hosted by Miami University Traditions. This event is sponsored and hosted by the Miami University Alumni Association. You must be 21+ to participate! You can access Charter Day Ball: Virtual Edition by using this link

For every aspiring whiskey warrior or anyone else who wants to be just a bit more bourbon savvy, this is one virtual experience that you will not want to miss! Join the Miami University Alumni Association and alumnus Phil Kollin '00 on Saturday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. ET as we taste our way through a flight of three every-day bourbons worth your buck that can be found in stores around the country.

During the evening, we will show you how to get the most out of your bourbon pours including tips for preparing the palette and engaging the senses. Between sips, Phil will share a bit of bourbon’s fascinating history and and dazzle you with some great stories and history that are behind each of these bourbon bottles and brands. Bring your curiosity, your whiskey glass and your questions. We promise you will learn something new about bourbon and maybe even discover a favorite new whiskey in the process!

Below is the list of bourbons we will be tasting and other supplies Phil recommends:  

  • Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon
  • Russell's Reserve Bourbon 
  • Bulleit Rye Whiskey
  • Glass/bottle of water
  • A rocks glass or something similar along with some ice
  • 3 or 4 Stroopwafel cookies or a small plate of Oreos
  • Whatever other garnishes or mixes that YOU prefer to use while enjoying your whiskey

These are the bourbons Phil recommends, you are welcome to substitute another bottle if you can't fine those on the list or if you have a particular favorite!

Questions? Contact Emily LeFevers at