Edinburgh Whisky Academy launches Certificate in Irish Whiskey – Authored by Historian, Fionnán O’Connor & Potstilled’s Matt Healy.

Scotland’s Edinburgh Whisky Academy, which is dedicated to improving whisky education across the globe, has today launched an online Certificate in Irish Whiskey.

Through this new course, developed in conjunction with Irish whiskey experts Fionnán O’Connor and Matt Healy, the Edinburgh Whisky Academy hopes to take advantage of this developing trend by providing online education for whiskey enthusiasts and whiskey industry professionals in Ireland, the UK, the USA, Europe and beyond.

The Certificate in Irish Whiskey is the most in-depth course on Irish whiskey to have ever been constructed. It is comprised of eight modules of engaging online content which aim to enhance knowledge and appreciation of the different styles of Irish whiskey.  Topics explored include the history of Irish whiskey, different equipment used dependent on the different mash bills adopted as well as the various production processes used.  There is also the option to enjoy a tutored tasting of the four different Irish whiskey styles through the purchase of a tasting selection from online whiskey retailer, Three Drams.

This is a distance learning certificate that allows you to deepen your knowledge of the world of Irish whiskey from the comfort of your own home at your own speed. This course allows you to drop in and out as you see fit, always bringing you right back into the amazing world of Irish whiskey with interactive modules, quizes and videos.

The Edinburgh Whisky Academy was founded by Managing Director, Kirsty McKerrow, who has worked as a brand ambassador for brands including Glenmorangie and Ardbeg and whose family is steeped in whisky heritage with her forefathers starting Mackinlays whisky in 1815.  She established the Edinburgh Whisky Academy in 2015 to fill what she felt was a vital gap in the Scotch Whisky education market.

Kirsty McKerrow said; “As post-Covid economic activity resumes, it’s likely that Irish Whiskey’s popularity will continue to grow so our new Certificate in Irish Whiskey provides an ideal grounding for anyone hoping to develop or nurture a career in the industry, or simply for enthusiasts who want to know more about Ireland’s ‘Water of Life’.”

We know that sales staff, distillery guides and spirits retailers as well as hospitality industry employees in hotels, bars and restaurants have benefitted from our various Scotch whisky and Gin courses and are looking forward to providing them with what we hope will be a career-enhancing insight into the wonders of Irish whiskey.”

The Edinburgh Whisky Academy has provided training for some of Scotland’s top distillers and hospitality providers, including Macallan, Ian Macleod Distillers, Interbev, Montpeliers and Whyte & Mackay. As well as this, brand ambassadors, spirits retailers, whisky and hospitality professionals, whisky writers, whiskey bloggers and sommeliers around the world have utilised the Edinburgh Whisky Academy’s courses to broaden their edducation.

The Certificate in Irish Whiskey costs £99 and boasts an optional tutored whiskey tasting at the cost of £34.95.

More information on this course can be found here.

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