Whisky enthusiasts and industry professionals will be able to take part in one of the most extensive whisky learning experiences available when Scotland’s Edinburgh Whisky Academy takes its flagship Diploma in Single Malt Whisky to Kings County Distillery in Brooklyn this September.
The Scottish Qualifications Authority-certified diploma is described as being the only one of its kind and is the Academy’s highest award.
Previously offered only in a two-day, face-to-face teaching setting near Edinburgh, the Academy launched the online Diploma in Single Malt Whisky in 2021 to increase access for brand ambassadors, sales staff, distillery staff and whisky enthusiasts across the globe.
While the online option is still available, this New York date will offer a one-of-a-kind classroom environment for modules ranging from raw materials, batch distillation, maturation and world whiskies to a session on sensory skills.
Two modules are delivered online upon purchase for self-study (the history of whisky and distillation and the business of whisky).
To achieve their SQA certificate, candidates will take a final assessment that includes nosing and tasting nine different whiskies. A maximum of 25 people will be allowed on the course, taught by Edinburgh Whisky Academy lecturer Vic Cameron, experienced industry and teaching professional.
The Edinburgh Whisky Academy was founded in 2015 by Managing Director Kirsty McKerrow, who has worked as a brand ambassador for Glenmorangie and Ardbeg and whose family is steeped in whisky heritage with her forefathers starting Mackinlay’s whisky in 1815.
The Academy was created to fill what she called a “significant gap” in the Scotch whisky education market and has since provided training for some of Scotland’s top distilleries and brand owners including The Macallan, Whyte & Mackay, Brown Forman and Diageo.
McKerrow said in a prepared statement, “We’re thrilled to be traveling to New York this September to teach the Diploma in Single Malt Whisky. North America is a key market for us. Over the past year, more than 1,000 candidates have accessed our courses from the region, with the vast majority studying online. To be able to travel and teach our flagship course in-person really complements our hugely accessible online offer and further strengthens our position as the go-to Scotch whisky educator.”
Booking for the Diploma in Single Malt Whisky in New York for Sept. 10th and 11th costs £1,100, and is now available. For more information, check out www.edinburghwhiskyacademy.com.
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