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WSET Level 3 Award in Spirits Online

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All WSET textbooks and study guides are in an eBook format.


IWEG offers online WSET courses through WSET’s Online Classroom, which allows you to study alongside your peers under the guidance of a dedicated educator. This course is based around a 9-week structured online program with a recommendation of 10 hours study per week to cover the online activities and read the relevant chapters in the textbook. The course follows a weekly structure, but you can work ahead or catch up on the activities and forums. There are no set times to log into the course as there are no live chats or webinars. Regular access and participation in the course online activities is essential for this mode of study. You may contact the educator any time for the duration of the scheduled course. Each week includes a series of independent activities that guide you through the spirits categories and help you understand the factors that contribute to a spirits style and quality. You are advised to taste a range of spirits during your studies; a list of recommended tasting samples can be found in the specification. Please note that it is your responsibility to source these spirits samples and the cost of these is not included in the tuition fee. You can post your tasting notes in the WSET Online Classroom for review by the educator.

Course details

This advanced-level course is for industry professionals as well as dedicated enthusiasts who wish to acquire a detailed understanding of the spirits of the world and develop the tasting skills required to accurately describe and evaluate a spirit. You’ll acquire a deep theoretical understanding of the techniques used in spirit production, from the processing of raw materials to post-distillation operations. Through a combination of tasting and the application of theoretical knowledge you will learn to explain confidently why spirits look and taste the way they do and how and why they differ from each other.

Prerequisite: None, however successful completion of WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits is strongly recommended or an equivalent level of spirits knowledge.

This 35-hour course provides in-depth and detailed understanding of the techniques used in spirits production. It develops systematic tasting and description skills, as well as the ability to make recommendations. Expect to spend 55 hours of preparation and review outside of the classroom.

You'll learn:

  • A detailed understanding of the techniques used in spirit production:
    • Processing of raw materials
    • Alcoholic fermentation
    • Distillation
    • Post-distillation practices
  • Factors affecting the style and quality of spirits, studying eleven core spirit categories in detail:
    • Scotch Whisky
    • Bourbon
    • Rye Whiskey
    • Tennessee Whiskey
    • Cognac
    • Armagnac
    • Caribbean rum
    • Tequila
    • Mezcal
    • Vodka
    • Gin
  • An overview of 23 additional spirit categories, focusing on:
    • Principal production methods
    • Key styles
    • Key labelling terms
  • How to taste and describe spirits using the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits® (SAT)

Upon successful completion of theory and blind tasting exams, you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo.

All WSET textbooks and study guides are in an eBook format.

View the WSET Level 3 Award in Spirits specification for more information about the course.

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Upcoming courses

Monday, January 9th - Sunday, March 12th. Residential session 1 on Monday, January 9th at 11am - 5pm and Tuesday, January 10th at 11am - 3pm at IWEG, 211 Yonge Street, Suite 501. Residential session 2 on Friday, March 30th at 11am - 5pm at IWEG, 211 Yonge Street, Suite 501. Exam on Saturday, April 1st at 10am - 1pm at IWEG, 211 Yonge Street, Suite 501. Course code: O3SP2302APP. Course fee payment due Friday, December 16th at noon.