Level 2 – WSET® Award in Spirits

Who should attend?

This course is designed for professionals in the spirits and liqueurs industry, as well as those with a passion for the subject.

During this course, you will learn the advantages and disadvantages of each type of still as well as the principles of distilling. A professional approach to tasting and assessing all the main categories of spirits and how to assess their quality.
We will be introducing you to the principles of the service and mixology (cocktail category) according to each style of spirit and the choices available for service.
The legislation within each category of spirit is part of the product knowledge covered by the course.

How will you benefit?

  • Influence of production methods on the characteristics of spirits and liqueurs
  • Characteristics of the main spirits and liqueurs in the world
  • Evaluation of a spirit using the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits® (Level 2)

Outline of the programme

  • the spirits market
  • Production
  • Brandy, Scotch Whisky, Whiskey, Rum, Vodka, Tequila
  • Gin and other flavoured spirits
  • Liqueurs and brandies (clear)
  • tasting of spirits, using the WSET Level 2 systematic approach to tasting

To gain the Level 2 qualification, candidates will be required to:

Successfully complete

  • a multiple choice paper of 50 questions

N.B. Teaching, study materials and examination in the English language

Included in the course fee: – study materials, spirits, Wine and Spirit Education Trust exam (recognised in over 80 countries worldwide), tuition and access to the study support site for the duration of the course

Knowledge required to access the course – None, but an advantage to have followed our one-day course: introduction to distilling in practice.

N.B. if you are unsure, please contact us, so that we can help you choose the level of the course according to your needs and objectives.

Guided learning hours: – It is recommended that the candidate allocates at least 28 hours of study time in order to complete the entire programme. The hours will normally be a combination of teaching and self study hours. It is recommended that teaching for the programme should not be less than 12 hours.

Learning outcomes – on completion of this course, the candidate will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the factors that influence the production of spirits and liqueurs and how these factors influence the characteristics of spirits and liqueurs
  • demonstrate a basic understanding of the global and local market for spirits and liqueurs and also explore the importance of ‘branding’ in the market
  • describe the characteristics of the most popular spirits and liqueurs internationally
  • produce tasting notes using the WSET® Systematic Approach to Tasting© Spirits
  • use knowledge to make recommendations for the selection, service and use of spirits and liqueurs
  • demonstrate knowledge of legislation and health, social and safety issues relating to the consumption and service of spirits

Progression routes – on successful completion of Level 2 – WSET® in Spirits, the candidate may progress to the following qualifications:

Level 3 – WSET® Award in Spirits: – is an advanced qualification for professionals and amateurs wishing to gain a detailed understanding of the world’s spirits and develop the tasting skills required to accurately describe and evaluate a spirit

Introduction to distilling in practice: – this is a one-day course that provides a practical introduction to the principles of distilling. It is suitable for all who wish to gain a practical understanding of the distillation process and how spirits are made.

Our operations management courses: 

  • Advanced Wine Service Techniques
  • Design a wine list or drinks menu
  • Performance analysis of the wine list and beverage list
  • Managing cellar and beverage operations

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