VIDEO: WSET launches 3 Minute Spirit School series

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WSET has launched a new 3 Minute Spirit School, featuring short videos of leading experts introducing some of the world’s most popular spirits.

Produced in association with Difford’s Guide, they build on the success of WSET’s 3 Minute Wine School series which has amassed over 330,500 views since its launch.

The 3 Minute Spirit School aims to be an entertaining and informative introduction to some of the key spirits of the world. The videos are ideal for novice enthusiasts and those entering or working in the spirits or bar and hospitality trade.

The videos cover a range of information including production, history, tasting and serving, and have been produced to raise awareness of WSET spirits qualifications: the Level 1 Award in Spirits and the Level 2 Award in Spirits.

Chief executive Ian Harris said, “Spirits qualifications are a growing part of WSET’s business. This series of videos provides an introduction to spirits that is both entertaining and educational.

“We hope that through initiatives like these, alongside our qualifications, we will continue to help professionals and enthusiasts alike learn more about the spirits that they work with and love.”

The series includes:

  • Whisky: Richard Paterson, master blender at Whyte & Mackay
  • Cognac: Joel Harrison, author of Distilled and WSET spirits educator
  • Rum: Maggie Campbell, head distiller and vice president of Privateer Rum
  • Gin: Will Lowe, distiller at The Cambridge Distillery and WSET spirits educator
  • Vodka: bartender Maria Johanssen
  • Cocktails: drinks consultant Paul Graham

The first three films, Whisky, Cognac and Rum, are now available to view free of charge in the Knowledge Centre of the WSET website at or on WSET’s YouTube channel.

Gin, Vodka and Cocktails will be released over the coming weeks.

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