Level 1 Award in Spirits

WSET L1 SpiritsAn introduction to Spirits

The WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits is a gentle introduction to spirits, spirits service and cocktail making covering the most important spirit styles and brands.

It is aimed at absolute beginners, most candidates will have just taken their first job in the spirits industry. It is ideal for front-of-house staff, bartenders, sommeliers and retail assistants. It is also a great starting point for the novice spirits enthusiast.

Successful candidates will be able to communicate knowledgeably with customers and operate confidently during spirits service.

This hands-on course teaches students through sight, smell and taste, to understand more about spirits. By the end of the course students will be be able to taste spirits using a systematic approach, and be able to identify the main styles of spirits.


  1. An overview of spirits productions
  2. Tasting the most important spirits styles and brands:
    • gin, flavoured spirits & liqueurs
    • whisky
    • rum
    • tequila
    • vodka
    • brandy
  3. An introduction to the storage and service of spirits, including an overview of the most important cocktail recipes.

The cost includes all study materials, spirits samples, tuition, lunch and the examination. Students will receive their study materials on the day of the course.

The course can be completed in 1 day and concludes with a 45 minute, 30 multiple choice question examination.

The Level 1 Award in Spirits is available as a private course and can be held on your business premises for groups of 6 or more.

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If you’re wondering whether Level 1 is right for you, have a go at the following questions that you might find in a Level 1 examination:

1. Whisky is made from?

a) Grapes

b) Molasses

c) Barley

d) Potatoes

2. What is the main botanical used in the production of gin?

a) Lemongrass

b) Coriander

c) Vanilla

d) Juniper

3. Which of the following spirits is made from grapes?

a) Rum

b) Whisky

c) Tequila

d) Cognac

If you knew the answers to these questions then maybe Level 2 would be more suitable:

WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits