When I look back on this strange year, I can say that I have been busy. Very busy even. Despite the fact that we were shackled at home for almost the entire year, I can say with satisfaction that it was certainly not a wasted year for me. Because instead of giving up that I had nowhere to go, I mainly used this year to study. A lot. Yep, that’s right, you’re never too old to learn!

A number of courses were also specifically focused on whisky. And the one that has kept me busy over the summer is The Introduction to Whisky Certificate, an online course from the Edinburgh Whisky Academy. The academy asked me if I wanted to do this online course and share my findings. That sounded like a great idea to me, as it would allow me to retrieve my knowledge and/or refresh my memory a bit.

Introduction to Whisky Certifcate

The online course consists of 8 modules (each of which takes about an hour) and is intended for everyone who wants to know more about whisky. According to the academy, it would be suitable from the novice whisky drinker to the connoisseur. And I can agree on that, as besides just refreshing my memory, I also learned a lot. It’s a very informative course, that guides you through every aspect of whisky, from the historical development to the entire production process. But also the business part is included. What struck me is how up to date this course actually is. Even current issues such as COVID-19 are discussed and that is something I often miss in courses.

Also different from other courses I have done is that it takes place entirely on your screen. No boring textbooks, but everything is online where text is interspersed with videos, pop quizzes and interactive exercises. It is very well put together and because of the beautiful visuals and interactive elements, you hardly realise that you are actually studying. This course is fun and that makes it really easy to follow for everyone.

Something that was very handy is that you can follow this course at your own pace. Especially because afterwards, I was busier than I expected during that period. I could sometimes move a day and even skipped a week (had thought to do a module every week), and then pick it up again. The fact that this was possible made it very easy for me to follow this course during a fairly busy period.

Conclusion

All this together makes the Introduction to Whisky Certificate a very fun course to take. And well worth it for anyone who wants to know a more about the background of whisky. Oh, and when you have completed the course, a test with quite a few questions will follow. After which you will receive a certificate, but only if you pass the test of course! 😉

More information about this course can be found here.


Photo credit: Edinburg Whisky Academy.