How to Become a Scotch Whisky Expert ?
How to Become a Scotch Whisky Expert ?
First of all, let me clarify that this article aims to encourage you to continue expanding your knowledge in the world of whisky regardless of your level of appreciation. It is also important to say that to become an expert in any field, requires time, dedication and passion.
In the following article, I don’t pretend to say that after taking this course you will become an expert in the field. My idea is to encourage you to continue learning about this fascinating industry, so, hopefully, one day, the public will grant you the cherished title of ‘Whisky Expert’. Having said that, let’s begin!
Certificate in Scotch Whisky
As a whisky enthusiast, I’ve been always keen to explore every aspect of this legendary drink. Every day is an opportunity to discover more information related to its process, the industry, the business, and exciting releases from distilleries and bottlers alike.
In Once Upon a Whisky, we love stories, and especially, when it comes to whisky education. In this blog post, I want to introduce you to the Edinburgh Whisky Academy. An online whisky academy dedicated to passing on whisky education among enthusiasts, connoisseurs or whoever wants to learn more about the Scottish national drink.
The certificate in Scotch whisky will take you through a journey full of valuable and accurate information divided into 8 chapters. On average, each chapter lasts around 60 minutes. However, you can always save your progress and continue on a later date. The chapters are divided into the following topics:
- History: The beginnings of the water of life, how, where and why everything started.
- The Whisky Business: Laws, regulations, problems and exiting developments.
- Ingredients: A deep look into the main ingredients used in the production of the water of life.
- Production Process: malting, grinding, mashing and fermentation.
- Distillation: How distillation affects flavour and the main factors that influence the distillery’s profile.
- Maturation: The magic of wood, time and the angels share (our favourite topic).
- Bottling: Filtration, colouring, alcohol, and bottling plants.
- Single Grain and Blended Whiskies: The art and science behind master blenders.
Moreover, this certificate gives you access to a plethora of details and real facts about the industry we all love. It is a very interactive platform that displays pictures, videos, diagrams, maps and infographics.
After each chapter, you will have the chance to test what you have just learned in a mini-test that you can take as many times as you like to make sure you’ve got the most relevant ideas of each section.
Whisky: A Story About Scotland
As a Colombian living in Scotland, I’m confident that one of the best ways to learn about other country’s culture and people is through their offer of food and drink. Fortunately, Scotch whisky is now a global phenomenon enjoyed by millions all over the world. Today, it’s not entirely necessary to come to Scotland when it comes to whisky enjoyment and appreciation. Thanks to the internet, you can even learn about whisky without having to move from that cosy sofa at home.
Whether for career goals or just for fun, this certificate will give you the tools you need to enhance your whisky experience. Not to mention your storytelling skills about a drink that awakens passions that go beyond the imagination. As we like to say during our tastings and tours, whisky is much more than just an alcoholic drink. It is a cultural lifestyle that brings people together.
What are you going to learn?
As mentioned before, the certificate will guide you throughout 8 chapters mostly focused on the production process. If you visit a distillery, their tours usually last around 45 minutes, you can see how whisky is made, but you won’t have the chance to go in-depth on every aspect of the process. As you can imagine, whisky information is abundant. For obvious reasons, there’s no way to cover each topic rigorously during a 45 minutes tour.
Furthermore, you will learn about the regulations associated with Scotch whisky and its relevance to the Scottish economy. They will also show you how every step in the process contributes to the creation of flavour and how each decision influences whisky’s organoleptic characteristics in one way or the other.
Distillation and maturation are two of the most fascinating topics you will study during the course. On one hand, you will learn how simple changes in the shape of the Pot Still have a great impact on the outcome of whisky. On the other hand, you will discover how toasting, charring, and other liquids previously held in the cask will play a scientific (and almost magical) role when it comes to flavour creation. Let the experts at Edinburgh Whisky Academy tell you everything about it through examples and interactive experiments.
There is an assessment at the end for those who want to test themselves on the knowledge they’ve learnt. There is a guide marker of 60% or more being what candidates should aim to achieve, but irrespective of your score all candidates will receive a Certificate of completion.
If you are passionate/curious about whisky or if you want to take your whisky knowledge up to the next level, this course is not to be missed. Whether for fun or because you want to start your journey in becoming a Scotch whisky expert, The Edinburgh Whisky Academy won’t let you down.
Finally, I managed to get a wee discount directly from the academy to offer to all our readers and customers. Join today and get a 10% discount* using the code ‘ONCEUPON2021’ at the checkout.
*This discount is thanks to a partnership we have established with the Edinburgh Whisky Academy, if you decide to take the course, you will be supporting us too. Therefore, if you have questions about the course, please contact me, and I’ll be delighted to share my own experience with you.
Looking forward to hearing from you.