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Double up on the Diploma in Single Malt Whisky at the Port of Leith Distillery (11 & 12 July 2024). When you gift a place, you get a place for free!

Book with the code GIFTONEGETONE before midnight on Sunday 16 June 2024. 

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Introduction to Irish Whiskey

Welcome to the fascinating world of Irish whiskey! This free course serves as an introductory exploration into the fast-growing category, offering enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike an opportunity to dip into its rich history, product range and flavour profiles.

One of our contributing Irish whiskey experts, Michael Walsh (pictured), will pop up along the way in easy-to-follow video lessons to explain how a little insight can go a long way when it comes to boosting your appreciation and enjoyment of all things Irish whiskey.

What’s more, you’ll be ready to register for the Certificate in Irish Whiskey, our intermediate level eight module course, which has been meticulously crafted by course teachers Matt Healy and Fionnán O’Connor.

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Welcome & Overview

Here, you'll get a few pointers about what to expect from here and how to use the Edinburgh Whisky Academy learning platform.

What is Irish Whiskey?

Here, you'll learn about the legal definition and different classifications of Irish whiskey. Michael explains why Irish whiskey is such an exciting category. You'll journey through a brieft history of Irish whiskey and will understand more about the role of The Irish Whiskey Association.

Categories & Processes

Here, you’ll discover how to navigate the different categories of Irish whiskey, understand how Irish whiskey is made and appreciate distinct products such as single pot still whiskey, the different types of blended Irish whiskey and poitín.

Tasting & Sensory Tools

Here, you’ll learn how to approach tasting Irish Whiskey and be introduced to Edinburgh Whisky Academy's Irish Whiskey Flavour Wheel. There’s a light-hearted discussion between Michael, Fionnán O’Connor and Dr Gordon Steele about how they make whiskey tasting notes. Plus, you can download PDF resources including the Flavour Wheel, Colour Chart and Spider Graph.


Here, you'll have a chance to test yourself on what you've learned from the material with a short, multiple choice quiz.

🎓 Who Should Enrol?

🌟 Why Choose Edinburgh Whisky Academy?

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