Eight online courses to educate spirits fans

2nd June, 2020 by Lauren Eads

Spirits enthusiasts can sign up to a wide number of programmes to deepen their knowledge of distilling or develop their tasting skills. Here, we present eight top courses that can be completed at home.

The Edinburgh Whisky Academy teaches the basics of whisky

Right now the internet is awash with suggestions on how to make the most of lockdown, from learning a language to writing a novel. But we think there’s no better time to delve deeper into the world of spirits, brush up on your tasting, distillation knowledge and even gain a certification, all from the comfort of your arm chair.

The Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) for one has already announced that it is fast tracking plans to take all its qualifications online after seeing “an explosion” in online learning with classrooms closed due to coronavirus. While many of its courses were already available online, it will now offer enhanced digital options to 800 course providers across the world. The school has also said it was fast-tracking the use of online testing for all its courses.

Ian Harris, WSET CEO, said: “Our digital education team has been working around the clock over the past few weeks to progress our digital learning offering at an unprecedented pace. We are determined to give our course providers the best online tools available and to minimise the impact of the current crisis on our students’ educational journey with WSET.”

Regardless of a pandemic-induced increase in online learning, distance learning remains a flexible and accessible way to gain further education and understanding. There are many organisations that offer distance and online learning, with courses aimed at complete beginners to professionals.

So whether you are looking to gain a bit more of a handle on your spirits knowledge, tasting or have ambitions of becoming a distiller, there should be something here to spark some inspiration in all of us.

Click through the following pages to see our pick of the best online spirits courses that you can sign up to right now.

NB: It’s worth pointing out that we have selected our pick of the best online courses currently available, but that the majority of these institutions also offer traditional classroom-based and practical courses, which we hope will resume in the future and are well worth investigating too.

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