A fun and interactive one day course exploring all things sensory in the art of tasting whisky.

With a scientific focus on flavour development, you’ll learn about the chemical reactions that take place during maturation, boost your flavour recognition skills and gain an ability to vocalise your own descriptive analysis of a variety of drams. Gain confidence in understanding and negotiating your own sense of smell and, as teacher Dr Gordon Steele declares, “You’ll never look at whisky in the same way again!”

Course Overview

    1. Pre-reading module.

    1. Pre-reading module.

    1. Covered in-person & assessed.

    1. Covered in-person & assessed.

    1. Covered in-person & assessed.

About this course

  • £495.00
  • 3 modules taught in-person, plus 2 pre-reading modules (online)
  • Invigilated final assessment
  • EWA digital badge, black lapel pin & printed SQA certificate

Upcoming Courses

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    £495.00Diploma in the Art of Tasting Whisky (12 October 2022)

    In-person, Arniston House, Scotland
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    In-person, Arniston House, Scotland
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Will this suit me?

The diploma is taught at Arniston House, a magnificent Palladian-style mansion located near Gorebridge. Transport is provided to and from central Edinburgh (Motel One-Royal is the pickup point, very close to Waverley station).

  • You’re a brand ambassador or whisky professional looking to take your sensory knowledge to the next level.

  • You’re a hospitality professional or spirits retailer who conducts whisky tastings and would like a comprehensive understanding of the process.

  • You’re a whisky enthusiast wanting to learn the necessary skills to become an effective whisky tasting host.