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Local business owner earns Executive Bourbon Certification

The owner of Seneca Cheese Company in Watkins Glen is taking his love of bourbon to the next level. Robert MacBlane received certification as an Executive Bourbon Steward after completing the industry standard program presented by the Stave and Thief Society in Louisville, Kentucky last week.

“Bourbon is supposed to be fun and an experience that you savor,” said MacBlane. “When you drink bourbon, you want to sit down. You want your feet up. You want time so you can fully consider the color, the flavor, and the aroma, and you need freedom to experience the finish and truly connect with the boubon.”

During the one-day intensive training, MacBlane and 13 other classmates immersed themselves in the finer points of bourbon, gaining a working knowledge of bourbon and bourbon production. The certification included classroom training, hands-on distilling, and advanced sensory training. MacBlane will use the knowledge he gained to further develop and expand his bourbon program.

“I enjoy studying and collecting bourbons,” said MacBlane, noting that it’s not easy to acquire some of the finest bourbons. “I’m one of only a few locations to have the 10-year and 12-year Pappy Van Winkle bourbons. I still have a wish list … other bourbons I want to add to our selection … but I’m thrilled to be able to offer our guests the opportunity to taste Pappy’s.”

Seneca Cheese Company is the only location in the Finger Lakes offering bourbon flights, with more than 60 on the menu from which to choose. The Watkins Glen business also offers artisanal cheese, fine wines and beers, and cocktails and martinis.

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