Oaks are an essential part of whiskey making, and an essential part of Illinois nature, too. Arboretum experts will fill you in on all-things-oak during a 45-minute guided hike through the Oak Collection. Learn how to identify types of oaks, why they’re an important part of the local woodlands, and why they’re so good for the barrels used to produce whiskey.
After your small group hike, quench your thirst with a whiskey tasting hosted by local distillers Whiskey Acres from DeKalb, Illinois. Enjoy three one-ounce pours and light snacks. As you sip, owner Nick Nagele will share the history, lore, and distilling process of this popular American spirit. You’ll never think of whiskey the same way again.
This program meets in person at the Arboretum.
Instructor: Kris Bachtell, vice president of collections and facilities, The Morton Arboretum; Nick Nagele, owner, Whiskey Acres
Age: 21 and older
Course number: N023