Working through a series of interactive exercises, videos and pop quizzes, you’ll discover more about the history and business of Scotch before covering the entire production process, from raw materials to distillation, maturation and bottling.

 The flexible, self-paced format allows you to learn in your own time and, with quizzes at the end of each module, you can measure all the knowledge you’re distilling as you go.


5 star rating

Brilliant introduction to Scotch Whisky

Frank Hughes

Loved this intro course...really whetted my appetite to dig deeper...which I will do...maybe wee bit more on water (source, minerals etc)...and a wee bit mor...

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Loved this intro course...really whetted my appetite to dig deeper...which I will do...maybe wee bit more on water (source, minerals etc)...and a wee bit more on copper and its influence on the distillation / cooling process...but can’t complain

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5 star rating

A very enjoyable experience an...

Kevin Kane

A very enjoyable experience and learned a lot from the courses. A must for any whisky enthusiast. Excellent information and very well presented. Very appr...

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A very enjoyable experience and learned a lot from the courses. A must for any whisky enthusiast. Excellent information and very well presented. Very appropriate level with good progression of learning. A background knowledge would help comprehension but is not necessary. For anyone not knowing much about whisky this is a very appropriate course, but also for those solidifying their knowledge of the technology and production.

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Would Certainly Recommend doing this Course!

Harrison Wood

Prior to the course, I did have an understanding of whisky. However, never to any level of details, this course provided. In-depth, thorough, and extremely w...

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Prior to the course, I did have an understanding of whisky. However, never to any level of details, this course provided. In-depth, thorough, and extremely worthwhile, wish I did it long ago!

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Excellent learning materials a...

Ameesh Patel

Excellent learning materials and a great selection of courses. The format is really user friendly and an overall enjoyable experience from start to finish. I...

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Excellent learning materials and a great selection of courses. The format is really user friendly and an overall enjoyable experience from start to finish. I would highly recommend this spirit academy to anyone who wishes to expand their existing knowledge. Having already a basic grasp of the birth of whisky, I found this course both intriguing and informative. It really get into the world of whisky from both and industry and consumer perspective. Great stuff.

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Customer Service was extremely...

Ken Lamb

Customer Service was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. The program itself was engaging and well organized. Well organized with appropriate evaluation p...

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Customer Service was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. The program itself was engaging and well organized. Well organized with appropriate evaluation platform throughout.

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Certification

As well as a digital certificate of completion, you’ll come away knowing so much more about the golden liquor in your glass.

  • Self-paced online course

  • 8 modules, plus a final assessment

  • EWA digital badge & completion certificate

  • Optional EWA red lapel pin & printed certificate

What's covered?

  1. 1
    • Overview

    • Origins of distillation

    • The end of illicit stills

    • Whisky market developments

    • Rise of "The Big Three"

    • Phylloxera, Pattison & "What is Whisky"

    • First World War & Prohibition

    • Activity: key dates in the history of whisky

    • World War II & aftermath

    • Growth in single malt market

    • Recent developments

    • Key dates in the history of Scotch

    • Quiz

  2. 2
  3. 3
    • Overview

    • Malted barley

    • Water

    • Yeast

    • Activity: Yeast & the fermentation process

    • Peat

    • Malt or grain?

    • Activity: Single grain whisky

    • Activity: Categories of Scotch & their raw materials

    • Quiz

  4. 4
  5. 5
  6. 6
    • Overview

    • Introduction to oak

    • Cask types, treatments & rejuvenation

    • Flavour compounds & chemical reactions

    • Four ways the cask can influence the flavour of whisky

    • Warehousing systems

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    • The Angels' Share

    • Climate & maturation

    • Quiz

  7. 7
    • Overview

    • The bottling process

    • Activity: From cask to bottle

    • ABV reduction

    • Chill filtration

    • Quiz

  8. 8
    • Overview

    • What is grain distillation?

    • The grain distillation process

    • Scotland's grain distilleries

    • The art of blending whisky

    • A day in the life of a Master Blender

    • Quiz

  9. 9
    • Assessment: Certificate in Scotch Whisky

  10. 10
    • Certificate in Scotch Whisky PDF