WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits

Course information

This confidence-boosting spirits course for beginners is the perfect way to gain knowledge of the key styles of distilled beverage found around the world. In a short space of time, you’ll find yourself feeling more confident navigating a drinks list, stocking up your bar, and serving spirits optimally.

What will I learn?

The course will cover:

  • The basic principles of spirit production
  • The main types and styles of spirits
  • Factors affecting the flavour of spirits
  • Tutored tastings of 10 spirits (classroom courses only)
  • How to serve spirits
  • How to describe spirits using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits® (SAT)

By the end of the course you’ll be able to taste and describe spirits using a globally recognised approach, identify important styles of spirits and know the raw materials and production methods that define them.

Click here to download the full qualification specification.


The Level 1 Award in Spirits exam consists of 30 multiple-choice questions to be completed in 45 minutes. To pass you must correctly answer 70% of the questions. Successful students will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin. All examinations must be sat in person at WSET School London (including students who are studying online).

This qualification is Ofqual regulated.

Do I need any prior knowledge?

No prior spirits knowledge is required, just enthusiasm! All our classes are delivered in English therefore a good level of English is beneficial.

You must be at least 18 years old to enrol on any of our courses.

How should I prepare?

There is no need to prepare anything before starting your Level 1 Award in Spirits course. However anyone embarking on a WSET qualification should familiarise themselves with the qualification specification – this document will help you understand what to expect and what you will get out of the course.

Course fees include:

  • WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits study pack
  • Tuition
  • Candidates will try a minimum of nine samples during the course of their studies. All samples are benchmark expressions of their category and style.
  • Examination
  • Coffee and lunch break
  • VAT 5% +19%
  • Upon successful completion, a WSET certificate and lapel pin

WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits

Date: TBA

Time: 9:30 - 17:00

Tutor: Yiannis Karakasis MW

Course Language: English

Venue: Pefkos City Hotel - Limassol

Fees: 395 €