As you become more experienced in whisky tasting, you may want to take it to the next level. It is important to try different whiskies and also to read reputable sources about your favorite drink. However, many people find that taking a whisky course can be very helpful. There are a variety of classes in most communities offered at regular intervals; many distilleries and whisky organizations also run “whisky schools” that offer one or two day seminars in the subject. However, it can be difficult to decide whether this is right for you and also which school is the right choice for you.
Do You Need Whisky School?
If you are just a beginner, whisky schools and courses may not be the right choice for you. You need to begin in a more informal way, by tasting different whiskies and comparing your experiences to those of other people. You should also begin by getting book smart, doing a little reading in whisky magazines and some of the many books and websites dedicated to the spirit. Once you are comfortable with the whisky tasting world, however, getting a formal education can be a great idea. It can teach you things that you simply cannot learn from books or personal experience. If you plan to work in the whisky industry or run a whisky blog, it is imperative to educate yourself.
What School Is Right?
There are a few things that make some whisky schools and courses better than others. First, they should offer a mix of information and media, including passive learning such as lectures and videos along with active learning such as actual tasting. The more recognized and experienced the teacher or teachers, the more you will be able to learn from them. If you particularly enjoy a certain region, style or brand of whisky, you may want to look for classes focusing on these areas. And, of course, learning should always be fun. It’s important to choose the right course, because whisky courses can be a commitment. I already know what you are thinking: What kind of commitment are we talking about here?
The Price of a Priceless Education
Going to a whisky school or even taking a single-day whisky course can be a huge commitment. These classes are not cheap, especially not if you are learning from industry experts. You can defray this cost by taking courses that are near you, or by planning a vacation to an area near your favorite whisky school. Most courses only last a day, so you will not have to make a huge commitment of time.
There are so many benefits to taking a whisky course. In addition to the new knowledge, you will probably find that you have increased confidence and an increased enjoyment of the spirit. It will help you to develop a new appreciation for whisky and take your passion to the next level. All education has a price but if it is in a field that you love, education can be truly priceless.