The Tasting Class bringing WSET spirits course to Middle East

Will be available for both consumer and trade for the first time
Lindsay Trivers leads The Tasting Class.
James Davison
Lindsay Trivers leads The Tasting Class.

The Tasting Class is adding to its extensive array of alcohol education with the introduction of the WSET spirits course to the Middle East.

Led by Lindsay Trivers, The Tasting Class already provides wine and beer education in the region, but it will be the first time that the WSET spirits course is available for both trade and consumers in the Middle East.


Speaking to Caterer Middle East, Trivers highlighted the importance of industry professionals acquiring the new qualification, and their ability to create superior F&B experiences for their customers.

She said: “If you work in the beverage trade, there’s no better way to enhance your CV, establish your credibility and develop a deeper understanding of your craft. In the 2018/2019 academic year a total of 108,557 candidates took a WSET qualification in 75 countries, so they are truly considered as the global standard in beverage education. What is more, they are regulated by the UK government (Ofqual) so students really can trust they are getting the best quality international education.”

The first level one beginner course will take place on Friday, January 24, 2020 from 10am to 6pm and costs AED1,680.

The level two intermediate course runs three consecutive Saturdays in May 2020 and costs AED3,675.

It’s not just for trade, with spirits enthusiasts also able to take the course, which Trivers said is “a chance to gain a deeper knowledge of spirits and the laws around them”.

She explained: “Enthusiasts will learn how to assess quality and style, while also developing an ability to recognize the good from the not so good. Great skills to have at a restaurant or bar, or when looking for the next retail purchase. Plus, students get to sample a number of styles all side by side, in one day.”

You can book your place on The Tasting Class’s new WSET spirits course at

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