Learn about the characteristics of the principal spirits and liqueurs from around the world, the key brands and their styles together with a general introduction to the general production techniques in a fun and relaxed environment on this 3 day Ofqual Regulated course.
Our tutors are not only WSET approved but WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits graduates. They are also professional and experienced corporate trainers who use their knowledge and skill in modern training techniques to add the WOW factor to make each subject matter easy to understand and absorb.
This internationally recognised vocational training course is accredited at Level 2 in the UK National Qualifications Framework (NQF) and aimed at employees in the drinks and hospitality industry or enthusiasts wishing to gain more in-depth knowledge of spirits and liqueurs.
COST £ 450 including VAT (i.e. £375.00 excluding VAT)
Fee includes LUNCH (see opposite), study materials, spirit tastings, tuition, examination and provision of tasting glasses during the course.
EXAMINATION 50 multiple-choice questions to be answered in 60 minutes. 50 multiple-choice questions to be answered in 60 minutes. A mark of 55% required to pass (Pass 55-69%, Pass with Merit 70-84% & Pass with Distinction 85%+).
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Subjects studied Content: –
Entry Requirement None
Tasting Spirit Technique Taste and describe spirits and liqueurs using the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits and Liqueurs and Social Responsibility
Spirit Production Study their production, what options are available to distillers and how they influence the style of the spirit. Areas include: –
- Key stages of spirits production
- Raw materials
- Distillation – common factors
- Post stills: – parts, typical double pot still distillation and types of spirit produced
- Column stills: parts, typical continuous distillation and type of spirits produced
- Post-distillation: maturation, adding other flavours, purpose of blending and finishing
Principal Categories of International Spirits and Liqueurs Learn about the key characteristics, styles and brands of the principal categories of international spirits and liqueurs:
- Fruit Spirits: – Cognac, Armagnac, Calvados, Grappa and Pisco
- Whiskies: – Scotch, Irish, Bourbon, Tennessee & Rye Whiskey, Canadian and Japanese
- Rum: white, golden and dark
- Agave Spirits: Tequila and Mezcal
- Vodka: neutral and characterful
- Flavoured spirits: Gin, Aniseed, Bitters and Liqueurs
- Aromatised wines: Vermouth
Study Materials Students will receive the WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits Study Pack, consisting of the ‘Distilling Knowledge’ course book and study guide together with a WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits and Liqueurs card
Course styles and durations Day Release Courses – 3 lecture days plus 1 hour examination. Evening Courses – 2 ½ hours one evening per week for 7 weeks including 1 hour examination.
Recommended Private Study Minimum 16 hours of private study is recommended for this course (minimum of 28 hours in total)
Certification All students who pass will be issued with a certificate suitable for framing and a lapel pin
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. How much prior knowledge of spirits and liqueurs should I have before attending this course?
A. None at all. This course has been devised for individuals with an aptitude to learn rather than a prior knowledge of spirits and liqueurs.
Q. What is the recommended self study time for this programme?
A. Obviously people learn at different speeds and how much prior knowledge of spirits and liqueurs you have before you start the course, will have a bearing on this. For a successful outcome, we do highly recommend that all students spend at least 28 hours of self study time.
Q. How long can I take to complete my studies?
A. Once booked on to a course, the dates are fixed, however, it is possible to transfer to another course or delay sitting your exam. Costs may apply as detailed in the terms and conditions.