🔒 WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits
This entry level qualification provides basic product knowledge of styles, production methods and service of spirits. The course includes tutored tastings of 14 spirits (it is not necessary to take part in spirit-tasting which makes this level suitable for students who prefer not to drink alcohol but who still want a recognised qualification).
|Exam:||45 minute multiple choice questions|
|Award:||Certificate and Metal Lapel Pin|
The course includes tutored spirits tastings but it is not compulsory to take part in spirits tasting which makes this level suitable for students who prefer not to drink alcohol but who still wish to obtain an internationally recognised spirits qualification).
Who it is aimed at:
Interested spirits consumers wanting to learn more about spirits within an interactive, structured framework.
Candidates with their first job in hospitality, retail or in other sectors of the spirits industry.
Each course comprises of a lesson date and an exam date.
The lectures are normally run over one full day from 09h00 to 17h00 that usually includes the examination at the end.
- List and state the purpose of the four key steps used in spirits production.
- State the raw materials used to produce brandy and vodka.
- State the key flavour characteristics of these two spirits.
- Identify the key production processes that can have a defining influence on the characteristics of brandy and vodka.
- State the meaning of the key labelling terms for brandy. Identify the two types of still, state how they are used and the style of spirit they can produce.
- An introduction to tasting spirits using language from the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting (SAT).
- State the raw materials used to produce Rum, Tequila, and Whisk(e)y.
- State the key flavour characteristics of these three spirits.
- Identify the key production processes that can have a defining influence on the characteristics of Rum, Tequila, and Whisk(e)y.
- State the different styles of Rum and the labelling terms for Tequila and Whisk(e)y.
- Describe the different techniques to add flavour to spirits.
- State the principal types of flavoured spirits.
- Describe the correct procedures for the storage of spirits. Name the important ingredients used to make cocktails.
- Identify the common equipment and glassware used in the service of spirits.
- State the four factors to consider when making a balanced cocktail.
Included with this course
- All tuition
- Course guide book – ‘An introduction to spirits’
- Exam Fees
- International Courier Costs (exams are marked in London)
- Domestic courier costs for your course books
- Certificate with Lapel Pin when you pass.
- Domestic courier costs for your Certificate and Lapel Pin (Note: if you require these sent outside of South Africa there may be an additional charge required when results are known for international courier fees)
You have 45 minutes to complete the exam which comprises 30 multi-choice questions and a pass mark of 70%.
Below are the results you can attend and the marks required.
70% and above
69% and below
As with every WSET exam around the world, the exam papers are sent to WSET in London, UK to be marked to ensure global continuity with the results. WSET informs us by email where we subsequently inform you with the certificate and lapel pin for successful candidates being received shortly afterwards.
If you are unsuccessful, you are able to retake the exam without having to retake the course if you do not wish to. Please contact us for potential dates and cost.