WSET reveals first course dates for Level 3 in Spirits

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has announced its Level 3 Award in Spirits is now live, with the first courses in the UK and USA now open for booking.

The award has been developed in response to the global growth of the spirits industry and resulting demand for advanced level, brand-neutral spirits category knowledge.

The new qualification will build on the Level 2 Award in Spirits, providing greater detail on production choices and their impact on style and quality. It will also cover a broader spectrum of world spirits, including the key Asian spirits: Shochu, Baiju and Soju.

Content for the course includes technical information covering the principles of production – from creating a sugary liquid to fermentation, distillation and post-distillation options – and in-depth coverage of the Scotch, Cognac, Caribbean Rum, Armagnac, Mezcal, Vodka and Gin categories.

As with other WSET level 3 qualifications, the exam will include both a blind tasting exam and a written paper comprising multiple-choice and short written answer questions. The course requires a minimum of 84 hours study time.

Course developer Nick King DipWSET, said: “The spirits industry has been crying out for a more advanced qualification in spirits. Candidate numbers for WSET spirits qualifications (Levels 1 and 2) have grown significantly in the last 10 years (from 540 in 2009 to 6600 in 2019) and are now taught in 33 countries worldwide reflecting growing global demand.

"We are delighted to now be able to offer the industry a Level 3 Spirits qualification that develops candidates’ knowledge and understanding of the category in great depth and also builds their tasting skills, teaching them to identify the structural and aromatic elements that make up a spirit and to make a compelling quality assessment.”

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