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WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits

Image of a close up row of a glasses with brown liquor. Logo that says WSET Wine & Spirit Education Trust and text that says WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits.

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

In-class

Course details

This beginner level spirits course is for those starting a career in the industry or enthusiasts exploring spirits and cocktails for personal interest. You will build your confidence when making a cocktail, reading a drinks list or stocking up your bar.

Prerequisite: None

WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits provides a hands-on introduction to the world of spirits and cocktails. You’ll explore the main types and styles of spirits through sight, smell, and taste to develop an understanding of the key factors affecting flavours and aromas.

This 6-hour course provides a hands-on introduction to the world of spirits, liqueurs and cocktails.

You'll learn:

  • The main types and styles of spirits
  • The basic principles of spirits production
  • How to serve spirits and cocktails
  • Factors affecting the flavour of spirits
  • How to describe spirits using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits® (SAT)

Upon successful completion of a 30-question multiple-choice exam you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

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

View the WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits specification for more information about the course.

The course will be delivered by IWEG's Certified Educator and lead bartender at Delta Toronto Alexander Boyd DipWSET.

Upcoming courses

Mondays, September 12th and 19th at 6:30pm - 9pm. Exam on Monday, September 19th at 8:30pm at IWEG, 211 Yonge Street, Suite 501.