WSET - Level 1 Spirits WSET

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A beginner level spirits course for those starting a career in the industry or beginning to explore spirits for personal interest.

Prerequisite: None

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

  • Explore the main types and styles of spirits through sight, smell, and taste
  • Learn how to describe spirits accurately using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits® (SAT)
  • Develop an understanding of the main steps of spirits production
  • Enjoy an extended exploration of cocktails, led by instructor Alexander Boyd

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

Course includes:

  • WSET Level Award in Spirits Workbook
  • Tutored tasting of 9 benchmark spirits, and 2 cocktails
  • Hands-on group activities
  • Guided review to help prepare for the multiple-choice exam
  • Special cocktail session with a cocktail expert
All WSET textbooks and study guides are in an eBook format.

Available course formats: One full Saturday 9:30am to 4:45pm OR two consecutive Thursdays 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Programme Details:

Session 1

  • Overview of spirits production
  • WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits
  • Basics of distillation and maturation
  • Tutored tasting of Vodka, Cognac, Whiskey/Whisky and Rum

Session 2

  • Review activities
  • Tutored tasting of Tequila and Gin
  • Introduction to storage and service of spirits
  • Hands-on cocktail experience

Course Fee

$495.00 CAD all inclusive. Please note that IWEG is HST exempt by the CRA. Income tax receipts are issued to all students for the applicable tax year.

IWEG now offers an alternative to Pay Pal; to charge tuition directly to your credit card please call into the office at 416-534-2570.

IWEG's Cancellation and Refund policy:

Please read IWEG's Cancellation and Refund Policy carefully before registering for courses.

Please note all course materials are paid upon registration, and are non-refundable.




Available Classes:

WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits Starts Feb. 28, 2022

Cost: $495
IWEG Drinks Academy

This WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits is two evenings of study, Mondays, February 28 and March 7 2022, 6:30pm-9:00pm.  Exam March 7 2022 @8:30pm.  There will be 30 multiple choice questions.  

Instructor: Alexander Boyd, DipWSET, Lead Bartender at the Delta Toronto

Students will have access to the Study Guide upon receipt of tuition and are required to read through the material before attending class in order to be familiar with the content and participate in activities.  There will be a short break during each session.  Workbook provided.  6 x ISO tasting glasses are required.  Please contact if you wish to purchase a set ($35/set).

Enroll for this Class ($495)