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Certificate in Irish Whiskey

Regular price £125.00

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Dive into the essence of Irish whiskey with our comprehensive online course. Whether you're an enthusiast (newcomer or seasoned professional) or are already working in the industry (in a customer-facing role), this self-paced online course is your passport to unravelling the rich tapestry of Ireland's beloved spirit.

The Certificate in Irish Whiskey has been meticulously crafted by renowned Irish whiskey experts Matt Healy and Fionnán O’Connor. Approved by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), the format is short, easy-to-follow multimedia lessons over eight accessible yet thoroughly challenging modules.

You’ll embark on an enriching journey into the world of Irish whiskey, gaining a profound understanding of the production process, broader historical context and current industry culture.

Upon completion of the final assessment (50 questions, multiple choice format), you'll be able to download both an EWA digital completion certificate and digital badge for immediate sharing. A printed copy and physical green lapel pin are available upon request.

Welcome & Overview

This introductory module explains what to expect from the learning platform; how it works and what to do if you have a question or need help.

Module 1: Irish Whiskey History

In this module written by Irish whiskey expert Fionnán O’Connor, you will learn more about the fascinating history of distillation and discover how its industry arrived in Ireland. You'll discover the key historical dates and political decisions that have significantly impacted the spectacular rise, fall and rise again of Irish whiskey over the years.

Module 2: The Business of Irish Whiskey

In this module, written by Irish whiskey expert Matt Healy, you'll learn the legal definitions of Irish whiskey and discover the different roles around which the industry's business model revolves. You'll also explore the various strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats faced by the industry in what is an exciting time for the international resurgence of Irish whiskey.

Module 3: Production Process

In this module, you'll learn more about the Irish whiskey production process, journeying from the agricultural grain in the field all the way through to the creation of alcohol in fermentation. Along the way, you'll discover the different technologies and machinery in use and understand how decision-making at each stage can affect flavour.

Module 4: Pot Still Spirit Production

In this module, you’ll learn more about pot still Irish whiskey and what makes it unique. Building on what you’ve learned in the Production Process module, you’ll discover some of the common processes particular to pot still production by both medium and larger scale distillers. You’ll also understand more about malt and grain spirit production on the island of Ireland.

Module 5: Maturation

In this module, you will learn more about the regulations and requirements for maturing Irish whiskey, explore the exciting opportunities for experimentation through the allowance of non-oak maturation and explore the different warehousing systems in use across the island.

Module 6: Blended Irish Whiskey

In this module, you'll learn the definition of blended Irish whiskey, discover who is responsible for the art of blending and explore the differences between the four possible combinations within the blended Irish whiskey market.

Module 7: Bottling & Labelling

In this module, you’ll learn more about the specific bottling and labelling requirements for Irish whiskey. From caramel colouring to chill filtration and marketing guidelines to misleading terms, you’ll discover how to decipher the various information listed on an Irish whiskey label.

Module 8: Sensory Analysis

Building on all you’ve learned during the course, Matt Healy will guide you through the four major categories of whiskey in Ireland. It’s up to you whether you taste along and, if so, where you get your whiskeys. 

We’ve teamed up with Irish Malts (UK £34.95 / EU €39.95) and esips (USA $55) to offer a tailored whiskey tasting box that’s unique to the course. 

Alternatively, if you’d sooner source your own samples, here’s what we’ll be tasting...

Final Assessment

The final assessment, when you are ready, allows you to test yourself on your journey through the wonderful world of all Irish whiskey. A digital badge and certificate are issued upon completion, with a physical lapel pin and printed copy available.

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😍 What Candidates Say

The creators did a fantastic job pulling the course together! Really well done! I thought I knew a lot about Irish whiskey already, but the course is a wealth of knowledge!

Shane McGlynn


The program was extremely educational. The modules were easy to navigate and the videos and audio interview really helped put all the information in context. I thoroughly enjoyed this course and am so happy to have learned so much of the history of not only whiskey but of Ireland as well.

Thomas Dodson


Great foundation of history, before a deep dive into the process and legislation around bottling and labelling. Really enjoyed it. Allows me continue my whiskey journey with a degree of context and an appropriation for the chemistry and artistry which makes Irish whiskey such a wonderful find.

John Kenna


🎓 Who Should Enrol?

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