The Good Wine Habit

WSET Level 1 in Spirits

WSET Level 1 in Spirits Award

Level1SpiritsAbout the course

A well-structured introductory course for beginners to build up your confidence and knowledge in the spirits world. This course is delivered in 6 hours and at the end of it you will be able to understand the basic principles of spirits production, name the main categories and types of spirits, their ingredients and their key characteristics, and to know and use the common equipment and rules for their storage and service.

Answering your customer´s queries and providing useful recommendations for spirits service will be much easier!


Course Programme

The course will cover:

  • The basic principles of spirits production
  • The main types and styles of spirits
  • Factors affecting the flavour of spirits
  • Tutored tastings of minimum 9 spirits 
  • How to serve spirits
  • How to describe spirits using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits® (SAT)

Requirements before attending the course

No prior knowledge is required, although you must be 18 years old at the time of enrolment. All our courses are taught in English, so a good level of English is beneficial.

About the exam

In order to obtain the WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits certificate, you must sit a final exam consisting of 30 multiple choice questions to be completed in 45 minutes. To pass, students must answer 70% of the questions correctly. The exam will take place after the completion of the course.

Please, note that the exam will be sit at one of The Good Wine Habit´s venues in Sweden. Details of the dates and locations will be indicated after your enrollment in the course. Alternatively, we also offer you the option of doing your final exam online from the comfort of your home. Please, get in touch with us for more information about it.

Course Specification

The Specification contains all the necessary information about the WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits, the course programme and some suggestions about how to plan your study and get prepared for the final exam and the terms and conditions for the exam. Please, download and read the document carefully.

Cost of the Course

The cost includes the tuition, the study materials, the tasting samples, and the examination fee. 

Your Educator: Hans Bihl

One of the most experienced and reputable spirits educators and sommeliers of Sweden and one of the few professionals WSET Level 3 Award in Spirits certified in the world. He successfully passed the WSET Spirits Educator Training Programme in 2020, being nowadays an official WSET Certified Spirits Educator.

Founder of Brabar AB, a consulting company focused on restaurant and bars industry´s development and training since 1995, including the YH education International Bar Management. Hans has been a creative leader at the Restaurangakademi in Stockholm, and he was the Industry Improver of the Year at the Bartenders Choice Awards (BCA) in 2013, Sweden's most prestigious award for Swedish cocktail bars.

He works as a consultant for hundreds of international spirits brands such as Bols, Tanqueray, Smirnoff, Lagavulin and Zacapa. Some past and present clients are Diageo, Edrington, Monin S.A., Spendrups, Martin & Servera, Restaurangakademien, O´Learys tm, Scandic, Winn Group, Melander Group, SSP Restaurants and Visita.


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