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Estimated study time?

Individuals differ, learning styles differ, and the individual time factors and learning speeds differ so it would be hard to place a precise time so we suggest a range of between 19-25 hours of study. This includes reading through the material and completing the quizzes and the final examination. There is no time constraint nor limit, of utmost importance is you enjoy this journey of knowledge and you indulge your curiosity and thirst for knowledge.

How long do I have to complete the course?

Human beings never complete anything without a target. We may believe this to be untrue but if you were to silently contemplate yourself with unbridled honesty you would admit this is a truth, unpleasant it may be but still the truth. At APWASI we encourage you to complete this course within six months from registration. As the course recommendation is between 19-25 hours, a six-month period of completion is an exaggerated premium of time for you as we want you to do other more constructive things in life than procrastinate.

Who is it for?

Our courses are for the dedicated, determined, belief in themselves and wanting to succeed. If you have these qualities you will succeed at anything you want not only these courses.

These courses, by the nature of their content are aimed at wine professionals currently in the industry and those who are intending to join the industry, and enthusiasts. The kaleidoscope of career options is many. This would include retail, importing, exporting, distributing, and perhaps even producing. Additionally, if you are in the hospitality industry, hotel, airline, cruise ship, high-medium end restaurants, this course would give you a firm and unquestionable structure of wine and spirit knowledge to further your career. Following our 5 C’s philosophy we believe our courses are for those who treasure knowledge and have a thirst to make their mark in life.

Where can I do this?

Anywhere in the globe, on the sunny beaches of Hawaii or the secluded jungle of South America or even the salubrious atmosphere of a private club in London, literally it is anywhere you wish. Our courses are available world-wide, 365/ 24/7, in 23 different languages. All you need is an internet connection! These courses can be accessed on your mobile device, tablet or on your computer.

Why us?

We are all accustomed to choices and with choices there are set parameters that we set before making a decision. Education is not an inanimate object it is not a pair of lifestyle shoes, shirt, blouse or meal. Education is the keystone of your life and we encourage you to choose as you see fit. Our criteria suits those that are openminded, cultural adept, eager to learn on a holistic basis and not just facts and figures- regurgitating them out like an antiquated calculator with a paper roll attached. We want, we demand, our graduates to be beacons of openness, approachable and wanting to share experiences and knowledge with all within the industry. We all begin our life with the currency of youth and this applies to not only APWASI but also other organizations like us across this globe. We bring fresh beginnings with new education methods to match the new trends, embrace the plethora of learning styles and together our courses are definitive in character that are matchless in the devotion given to their creation. If you value the future as we state, “learning for the future” then we are your future.

How can I learn this without tasting?

One cannot learn to swim without water and neither do we expect you to learn without tasting . We have at the end of each course a selection of wines we recommend you to try using the skills you have acquired on the wine essentials course we offer. Through this method you can increase your practical wine tasting skills. Our courses allow you to evaluate the wines by understanding the “why” and “the how”.

I don’t know how to taste.

The ability to taste wine is universal. The methodology to understanding wine and appreciating wine is not universal and that needs to be understood through concept, tasting and recording. This we achieve by having you take the wine essentials course we have as a prerequisite to any courses you select. Within this course lie the secrets to identifying, nosing and tasting wines and finally evaluate wines. It’s our pleasure to join you on this journey of adventure and bountiful knowledge. After taking this course you will learn and be able to taste wine with comfort.

Final Exam Information

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Dr. Clinton LeeDr. Clinton Lee has attained the highest qualification from the Wine Spirit and Education Trust based in London, the WSET Diploma and the Certified International Educator. He has over 80 million views globally on TikTok and Instagram about his wine and etiquette lessons.

He is an international wine lecturer, writer and critc. He has taught WSET programs and other wine courses both in Canada and internationally in China, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan Argentina, France, Hungary and Italy.

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1.0 Introduction

Length: 0 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton Lee

IntroductionSuggested VideoIntroduction Introduction From the bars of Singapore, to the private clubs of New York, the hustle and bustle of restaurants in Shanghai or Delhi or even the across the Andes in Santiago whisky is found everywhere on this planet. It was not by chance either that every bar we enter there is whisky. Maybe [...]

2.0 Brief History on Distillation

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

Brief History on DistillationSuggested VideoBrief History on Distillation Brief History on Distillation 2000 BC The art of distillation was possibly established in ancient Mesopotamia (modern day covers parts of Iraq and Syria), often used to produce aromatics and perfumes. 100 AD The first written record of distillation is from around 100 AD. Alexander of Aphrodisia, [...]

3.0 Whisky History

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

Whisky History 1000 AD - 1820Whisky History 1823-PresentSuggested VideoWhisky History 1000 AD - 1820 Whisky History 1000 AD The Moors spread the knowledge of distillation to Europe. The knowledge of distillation moved from the East, to Eastern Europe, and finally to the west from the 12th to 14th centuries. This was the Renaissance period as [...]

4.0 What is Whisky? & The Grains Used to make whisky

Length: 0 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton Lee

What is Whisky?The GrainsThe Importance of WaterPeatSuggested VideoWhat is Whisky? What is Whisky? The "What is Whisky?" debate was led by the appointment of a Royal Commission on Whisky and other Potable spirits. There was a battle between malt whisky producers, grain whisky producers, and blenders for a firm legal definition of what whisky actually [...]

5.0 How you make Whisky

Length: 0 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton Lee

IngredientsStepsStills: TraditionalStills: ContinuousMaturation & BlendingFiltering, Colour and StrengthProcessesSuggested VideoIngredients Ingredients There are several steps but let us begin with the ingredients: Cereal Water Yeast Wood The cereal section was covered in a section on its own within this course that highlights the aspect of wheat, grains, corn, rye and barley. Included in this course you [...]

6.0 Styles of Whisky and Maps

Length: 0 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton Lee

Styles of Whisky and MapsScotlandIrelandWalesFranceIndiaTaiwanUSACanadaJapanOther CountriesSuggested VideoStyles of Whisky and Maps Styles of Whisky and Maps Whisky (no e) Scotland, Canada, Japan. Whiskey (with an e) Ireland, USA   Legal definitions of Whisky Whisky making around the world is typically the same, using the "Holy Trinity" of grain, water, and yeast. However, there are significant [...]

6.0A – Whisky Tasting Equipment and Tasting List

Length: 30 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton LeeComplexity: Standard

IntroductionWhisky Tasting EquipmentAPWASI Whisky Tasting MethodologyWhisky Tasting ListIntroduction Congratulations on your decision to learn even more about different cultures and people through your wine studies with APWASI Whisky. Before we begin, we will need some important equipment which I suggest, if possible, you should acquire. They will be used by you during your long educational [...]

7.0 Cuisine/Pairings

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

Cuisine/PairingsSuggested VideoCuisine/Pairings Cuisine/Pairings Whisky has 40% ABV, so when pairing, we need to be aware of the high alcohol level. Under this section when we consider pairing, we will include cocktails because they are pairings as well. So here are our thoughts. These are not your traditional pairings and we encourage you to go and [...]

8.0 Culture/Etiquette – How to Taste Whisky

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

Culture/etiquette - How to Taste WhiskyThe Tasting ProcedureCertain EtiquettesSuggested VideoCulture/etiquette - How to Taste Whisky Culture/etiquette - How to Taste Whisky Before we begin, we believe the best whisky for you is the one you truly and deeply enjoy. No matter if it may not have the pedigree others tell you. What is important is [...]

9.0 Future and Facts and Summary

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

Future and Facts and SummarySuggested VideoFuture and Facts and Summary Future and Facts and Summary The future is bright. The production of whisky is growing and the number of countries producing whisky is increasing. Evidence of this is countries like the Czech Republic to Finland and into Asia countries like India and across the oceans [...]

10.0 Summary

Length: 0 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton Lee

SummarySuggested VideoSummary Summary You have now completed the APWASI Whisky course. Armed with new found knowledge that we expect you to share in your career and during your career with others. Never forget as much as you know. There will always be others who know less than you and others who know more. Be humble [...]

11.0 Course Feedback

Length: 10 minutesAuthor: Dr. Clinton LeeComplexity: Easy

Course Feedback Did you enjoy the content of the APWASI preview course? * YesNo 1. How would you rate the quality of this course? PoorAcceptableGoodVery GoodExcellentN/A 2. How did you find the course length & detail? ShortJust RightToo LongN/A 3. Were the course questions easy? EasyJust RightHardVery HardN/A 4. Would you recommend this course? YesNoN/A [...]

12.0 Final Exam

Author: Dr. Clinton Lee

Congratulations on your wonderful achievement of completing the course. The next step is to successfully pass the Final Examination. This examination is timed and there are 100 multiple choice questions with 65% being the pass mark. We strongly urge you, encourage you to study hard before you attempt to take the examination. Ensure you know […]