WSET Level 3 Award in Spirits Course - New Orleans, Tales Foundation, Monday, 20. April 2020

The WSET Level 3 Award in Spirits is an advanced-level qualification for professionals working with distilled beverages. The qualification is designed to:

give you a broad ranging and in-depth understanding of the world of spirits
improve your tasting skills and your ability to write compelling quality arguments.

It is recommended that you hold the WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits or equivalent knowledge before enroling on this course. 
Upon successful completion of the examaination students will receive a WSET Awards issued certificate and lapel pin and be able to use the associated certified logo. 
Spirit Categories Covered
Group 1
The following categories are covered in detail:

Scotch Whisky, Bourbon, Rye Whiskey, Tennesee Whiskey
Cognac, Armagnac
Caribbean Rum
Tequila, Mezcal
Vodka
Gin

Group 2
The following categories are covered in outline:

Wheat Whiskey (USA), Corn Whiskey (USA), Irish whiskey, Canadian whisky, Japanese whisky
Baijiu, Shōchū, Soju
Brandy de Jerez, Chilean pisco, Peruvian pisco, South African brandy, Grappa, Calvados, European fruit spirits
Cachaça
Bacanora, Raicilla, Sotol
Genever, flavoured vodka, aniseed spirits, aquavit, bitters, spiced rum, flavoured whisky, liqueurs
Vermouth, americano, quinquina/chinato

For a full outline of learning outcomes please view the specification
Self-Study
You will need to prepare for the classroom sessions. The focus of your study should be on factual content such as laws, labelling terms and production details. If you take the time to do this then you will be well placed to get the most out of the interactive nature of the classroom session which will focus on more advanced skills.
In order to support you during this self-study period you will receive a study guide by email once your place is confirmed. This will give you hints and tips about what to study and how to prepare. It will also outline the format of the examinations. From 1 August you will also have access to the WSET Online Classroom which will include tools you can use to test your knowledge.
In total we recommend that you spend about 50 hours or self-study both before and during the classroom course.
Classroom sessions
These sessions are designed to:

develop your ability to describe and explain production techniques as well as account for the style and quality of Group 1 spirits.
develop your ability to taste accurately and form compelling quality arguments using the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits. You will taste in excess of 60 spirits samples over the 6 day course, included in the course cost.

Day 1: 20 April, 9:00am-5:00pm

Session 1: Tasting Technique
Session 2: Spirits’ Production Part 1
Session 3: Spirits' Production Part 2

Day 2: 21 April  9:00am-5:00pm

Session 4: Scotch Whisky
Session 5: American Whiskey
Session 6: Other Whiskies
Review of the Theory Examination (how to tackle short answer questions)

Day 3: 22 April, 9:00am-5:00pm

Session 7: Cognac and Armagnac
Session 8: Other Fruit Spirits
Session 9: Asian Spirits
Mock Tasting Examination

Day 4: 23 April, 9:00am-5:00pm

Session 10: Caribbean Rum
Session 11: Agave Spirits
Review of Distillation (including worked examples)
Mock Short Answer Examination

Day 5: 24 April, 9:00am-5:00pm

Session 12: Vodka and Gin
Session 13: Other Flavoured Spirits and Aromatised Wines
Review of Post-distillation Options

Day 6: 25 April, 10:00am-1:00pm - EXAMINATION

Tasting Examination: 30 minutes – you will need to taste, describe, identify and assess the quality of two blind samples. 
Theory Examination: 2 hours – you will need to answer 50 multiple-choice questions and 10 short answer questions.
Students must bring photo ID to the examination

Grading
In order to achieve an overall pass you must gain a pass mark for:

the tasting examination
the multiple-choice questions of the theory examination
the short answer question of the theory examination

Your final mark will be the average of these three individual pass marks.
Costs
Course fee includes:

All Tuition
Textbook and study materials
Access to WSET Online Classroom pre study 
All in-class spirits samples (approximately 60 provided)
One attempt at examination
Certificate and Lapel Pin on successful completion of examination

Any travel, accommodation or examination resits are at students own cost. 
Are there ID or minimum age requirements?
Attendees must be of leagal drinking age at time of attendance. Photo ID is required on the day of your examination. 

Monday, 20. April 2020, Tales Foundation, WSET Level 3 Award in Spirits Course - New Orleans

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