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Course dates: 15/16/29/30 July +19/20 August +27/28/29 September (hybrid)

Course dates: 15/16/29/30 July +19/20 August +27/28/29 September (hybrid)

1.420,00 €Price


- GLS Campus, Kastanienallee 82, 10435 Berlin (in-person classes)
- Zoom (virtual classes)


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  • WSET Level 3 Award in Spirits - Course details

    Key details

    • Course dates and times: the course will take place over 9 days in hybrid format combining in-person classes in Berlin and virtual session via Zoom platform


    Online - Zoom

    Day I: 15 July 2024 – Zoom Session I – 10:00-13:00
    Day II: 16 July 2024 – Zoom Session II – 10:00-13:00
    Day III: 29 July 2024 – Zoom Session III – 10:00-13:00
    Day IV: 30 July 2024 – Zoom Session IV – 10:00-13:00
    Day V: 19 August 2024 – Zoom Session V – 10:00-13:00
    Day VI: 20 August 2024 – Zoom Session VI – 10:00-13:00

    (all Zoom sessions will be recorded)

    Classroom (Berlin)

    Day VII: 27 September 2024 – Classroom Session I – 15:00-21:00
    Day VIII: 28 September 2024 – Classroom Session II – 10:00-18:00
    Day IX: 29 September 2024 – Classroom Session III (including examination) – 10:00-18:00


    • Private study time before the course: minimum 55 hours (90 hours recommended)
    • Examination: at the end of the last course day
    • Language of tuition: English


    About this course

    • WSET Level 3 Award Spirits is an advanced level qualification for professionals and enthusiasts wishing 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 will 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.


     Entry requirements

    • WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits or an equivalent level of experience and passing an oline entry test is required for entry to the WSET Level 3 Award in Spirits.
    • You must be at least 18 years old to enrol on this course.


    What you will learn

    I. A detailed understanding of the techniques used in spirit production:

    - Processing of raw materials
    - Alcoholic fermentation
    - Distillation
    - Post-distillation practices

    II. 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

    III. An overview of 23 additional spirit categories, focusing on:

    - Principal production methods
    - Key styles
    - Key labelling terms

    IV. How to taste and describe spirits using the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits® (SAT).

    V. Tutored tasting of 50 spirits from all over the world.


    Recommended private study

    This is a highly rewarding yet demanding course, which requires a minimum of 55 hours of private study time. We recommend that you book the course in advance so that you can receive your study materials and complete a significant proportion of our private study hours prior to the course start.



    • Examination will take place on the last day of the course.
    • Assessment for this qualification comprises of two parts
    1. Part one combines a closed-book exam of 50 multiple-choice questions and a question paper requiring short written answers to four questions. To be completed in 2 hours.
    2. Part two is a tasting examination that will consist of two blind spirits and will assess a candidate’s ability to accurately describe a spirit and draw conclusions based on these observations. To be completed in 30 minutes.
    • A mark of 55% in both the theory and the tasting examination is required to achieve a pass. For the theory examination a candidate will be required to attain a minimum mark of 55% in each section.


    What is included in the course fee

    • WSET Level 3 Award in Spirits study pack that includes course book, study guide and laminated tasting card. It will be shipped once you have booked your place.
    • Access to ‘Level 3 Award in Spirits Online Preparation Course’
    • Postage
    • Course handouts
    • Tuition
    • Tasting samples: 50 spirits will be tasted during the course
    • Examination
    • Upon successful completion, a WSET certificate and lapel pin


    Booking this course

    • To book a place simply click on ”Book Now” and follow instructions.
    • All orders are subject to our Booking Terms and Conditions. In order to read them please follow this link
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