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WSET Level 2 Spirits Certification

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Course Overview

Conducted by Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and hosted by Moonshine University, this special course is ideal for individuals who wish to deepen their understanding of spirits and liqueurs in an informative and structured manner.

This course covers the main categories of spirits and liqueurs as well as the influences of production methods on the different styles available in each category. Students will develop high-level analytical tasting skills while also exploring the use of spirits in cocktails.

This course involves two full days of classroom study followed by a 1-hour multiple-choice examination on the morning of day 3. Successful students will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.


Who This Class is For

The product knowledge gained in this course will be a significant advantage to those working with spirits in both the on- and off-trade.


Your Instructors

Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) delivers this Level 2 Spirits course and proctors the exam that follows. The course and exam facilities are hosted by Moonshine University.


What You’ll Learn

  • How spirits are made;
  • The characteristics of the main styles of spirits and liqueurs;
  • How production methods affect style and quality;
  • The major global spirits brands;
  • Tutored tastings of around 40 spirits and liqueurs;
  • How to taste and describe spirits using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits® (SAT).


Do I need any prior knowledge?

  • No prior knowledge is required. All classes are delivered in English, therefore English proficiency is beneficial.
  • Students completely new to spirits study may wish to complete the Level 1 Award in Spirits first. However, this is not essential.
  • *Please note that you will be expected to read the provided textbook prior to commencing the course.


Get Your Class On

This class is not a Moonshine University course and as such, does not include a complimentary hotel stay; however, we are able to extend a very special discounted rate to you at the Brown Hotel. Please contact for more details on this offer.


About Moonshine University

Founded in 2012, Moonshine University is the nation’s premier educational distillery. Our facility was created from the ground up to teach new distillers how to get started in the industry, and to teach professional team members how to elevate key aspects of their craft and boost sales. Combining classroom instruction with practical, hands-on learning and sensory training, Moonshine University attracts people from all over the world, ensuring every attendee leaves with a complete and comprehensive education and skill set applicable to a variety of spirits and industry related areas.

In 2013, The Kentucky Distillers’ Association made Moonshine University their exclusive education provider. With the support of some of the industry’s leading institutions and distilleries, you can be sure that taking a class at Moonshine University will be worth the investment.

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