The Diploma in Single Malt Whisky is the only one of its kind – a fully SQA awarded qualification that is written and delivered by whisky specialists, offering you the benefit of their extensive experience, insights and judgment.
Single Malt Whisky is the jewel in whisky’s gleaming crown and over two days you will learn about its fascinating history, its commercial development, all the subtleties of production and maturation, the effect of different casks, as well as other techniques for creating and enhancing flavour.
You will also be taught how to ‘nose’ a whisky – your nose is, after all, far more sensitive than the most sophisticated equipment – how to describe it in detail, and the all-important skill of conducting a tasting session.
The Whisky Diplomas are taught at Arniston House, a magnificent Palladian-style mansion located near Gorebridge, just to the south of Edinburgh. An architectural gem, the house was designed in 1726 by William Adam on a site that has been home to the Dundas family for over 400 years. Set in extensive gardens and parkland, Arniston House is a truly idyllic venue, providing a relaxing and inspirational setting in which to learn.
Candidates will be collected from central Edinburgh (normally beside Waverley Train Station) at 7.30am. A breakfast of bacon rolls is served on arrival.
The material covered on this day is Raw Materials, Batch Distillation and Maturation.
A private tour of the local distillery finishes the day with candidates arriving back in Edinburgh at approximately 5.30pm.
Pick up will be the same time and place as Day 1.
Day 2 starts with revision on the material taught on Day 1 before looking at sensory aspects of whisky tasting. Candidates will then taste a selection of world whiskies whilst learning about the different distillation methods.
After lunch there is a revision session on all material before candidates sit the formal assessment.
Candidates will be dropped back in Edinburgh at approximately 4.30