The WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits course is for individuals wishing to develop their expertise in spirits and liqueurs. You’ll learn about the fundamental production methods and principal raw materials, discovering how they are used to make the key spirit styles. You’ll also explore the key practices and principles of serving spirits and using spirits in cocktails.
Throughout the course, you’ll develop analytical tasting skills while exploring the use of spirits in cocktails. The knowledge gained in this course will be a significant advantage to anyone working with spirits (in both the on- and off-trade). The course is also perfect for spirits enthusiasts wanting to learn more about the product behind the brand. Upon completing the course and passing the examination, you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin!
Prerequisite: None, just a great deal of enthusiasm!
Today, the range and quality of spirits that are available to consumers around the world is bigger than it has ever been. Cocktail culture is currently at the peak of popularity not seen since its heyday in the 1920s, and this is a time of excitement and opportunity.
The WSET has a unique role to play, collaborating with the industry. Their ambition with a Level 2 qualification is to offer clear, easy-to-understand, and accurate explanations of subjects that are often highly complex. They want anyone who works with spirits to understand the factors that affect the style of individual spirits and the similarities—and differences—between the different categories of spirit. They also offer an overview of the many and varied ways these spirits are served in cocktail bars.
During this course, students will hone their spirits knowledge with expert guidance while learning:
How spirits are made
The characteristics of the main styles of spirits and liqueurs
How production methods affect style and quality
The major global spirits brands
How to taste and describe spirits using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits® (SAT)
Throughout the course, you’ll become a more confident spirits taster under the guidance of our expert educators, learning how to use a globally-recognized approach to tasting to analyze the appearance, nose, palate, and quality level of a range of styles.
By the end of the course, you’ll be able to identify how key raw ingredients and production methods influence the style and quality of the key spirits and liqueurs of the world. If you work with spirits, you’ll be able to confidently provide guidance on the use and service of spirits and make informed recommendations to customers when selecting spirits and liqueurs to meet their taste and price requirements.
Anyone embarking on a WSET qualification should familiarize themselves with the corresponding specification. This document will help you understand what to expect and what you will get from the course.