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 Christina Veira, IWEG's WSET Certified Lead Spirits Educator

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

$425.00 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:

Withdrawal up to specific course deadline date: Refund of tuition, less $150 administration fee. Withdrawal after deadline date no refund. Please note all course materials are paid upon registration, and are non-refundable.

Policy on changing your exam date to an alternative date.

Please note IWEG's policy on changing your exam date:

When you register for a WSET or WSG course, you are booked to take your exam on a specific date, which is indicated in your Course Schedule. You can view this before registering, and when you register, you will be reminded.

If you decide not to write your exam on the date you are registered for, this is what you must know:

·  For WSET Levels 1 to 3 and WSG courses, you have to ask to change the date at least 15 days before the exam date, by writing to

·  For WSET Level 4 Diploma you have to ask to change the date at least 75 days before the exam date, by writing to

·  You must pick a new exam date within 12 months from the start of your current course.

·  You may change your exam date a maximum of two times during the 12 months. You can choose from any exam dates/re-sit dates listed on the course page of the IWEG website. It is possible that your first choice may not work, if the exam is full.

· Each time you change your exam date, there is a $150 fee.

· After the 12-month period, from the start of your current course, if you still need to sit the exam, you will be charged an exam “re-sit” fee, which varies depending on the course, as well as the $150 fee.

·  The only exception to this policy is in case of a valid and verified personal or family emergency, subject to approval from WSET and WSG.


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