The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has announced that its new, and long anticipated, Level 3 Spirits Award is now live and accepting candidate bookings.
The new brand-agnostic qualification builds on the Level 2 Award, and examines spirit production methods and their impact on resulting liquids in greater detail.
Level 3 technical content also includes the principles of production – from creating a sugary liquid to fermentation, distillation and post-distillation options – and in-depth coverage of the Scotch, Cognac, Armagnac, Caribbean Rum, Tequila, Mezcal, Vodka and Gin categories.
In line with other WSET Level 3 awards, the Spirits Level 3 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, WSET Product Development Manager, Spirits and Sake, comments: “The spirits industry has been crying out for a more advanced qualification in spirits… 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.”
Level 3 Spirits Award courses are available at the WSET London school on the following dates. Click to visit the relevant booking page on the WSET website.