Level 2 Award in Spirits

WSET L2 Spirits

Looking Behind the Spirits Brand

The WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits provides a solid introduction to spirits, spirits service and cocktail making covering the most important spirit styles and brands.

It is aimed at candidates who wish to develop their career in the spirits industry, who work with spirits on a regular basis or enthusiasts who want to learn more about spirits.

On completion of the course candidates will be able to communicate knowledgeably with customers and operate confidently during spirits service, making recommendations based on customers preferences, prepare classic cocktails and work credibly with other spirits industry professionals. Successful candidates will have the tools to interpret spirits lists and make informed choices when making purchases in bars and retail outlets.

This 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. A detailed overview of spirits production
  2. Learning to recognise the characteristics of the world’s major spirits styles and brands:
    • Gin, flavoured spirits & liqueurs
    • Whisk(e)y (including Scotch & Bourbon)
    • Sugar cane spirits (rum etc)
    • Tequila
    • Vodka
    • Fruit spirits (Cognac etc)
  3. An in-depth understanding of how spirits are used in hospitality, including building an extensive database of cocktail recipes

The L2 Award in Spirits is offered online, in the classroom or privately or as a hybrid online study programme with optional add-on tasting tutorials.

The course can be completed in 28 hours of study and concludes with a 1 hour minute, 50 multiple choice question examination.

For more information please see the course specification.

Example examination questions:

1.Extra Anejo Tequila must be aged for a minimum of …

a) 2 months

b) 6 months

c) 12 months

d) 3 years

2.Place the stages below in the correct order for the production of a typical Scotch Malt Whisky

1) Blending

2) Conversion

3) Distillation

4) Fermentation

5) Maturation

a) 2,4,3,5,1

b) 2,4,3,1,5

c) 4,3,2,5,1

d) 1,2,4,3,5

3.Wormwood is most closely associated with which of the following …

a) Pastis

b) Vermouth

c) Mezcal

d) Gin

4.Why is activated charcoal sometimes used in vodka production?

a) It removes impurities

b) It adds a smokey flavor

c) It reduces the alcohol content

d) It adds colour

5.The Martini is a member of which cocktail family?

a) The Sour

b) The Collins

c) The High Ball

d) Spirit Forward Cocktails

6.Which of the following materials is most commonly used for pot stills?

a) Stainless steel

b) Copper

c) Brick

d) Wood