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Basic-Class in World-Spirits: Sensory perception for beginners

Basic Class in World Spirits: Sensory perception for beginners

The World Spirits Academy’s Basic Classes are designed to prepare newcomers to spirits for the Master Class and the Master of World Spirits Award. Wolfram Ortner has developed a detailed system that will leave you with a sense of smell and taste that are playfully honed to perfection. Participants will discover fruits and their aromas, and they will also learn to detect flaws in spirits. The classification of standard samples helps to retain the efficiency of the exercises and the results.

Awaken your senses to spirits:
Basic Class of World Spirits

Sensory handling of spirits for beginners, recognising, evaluating and describing the wide variety of spirits, recognising flaws, identifying aromas, evaluating using the WOB system, completing a basic check test.

23 to 24 June 2024
Sunday to Monday
Subject to change!

1st day:
”The orchard – fruit, scent and aroma analysis”
Definition of (fruit/aroma) type, description, recog-
nition of aromas and classification and evaluation according to the WOB system

2nd day:
”Sensory perception of flaws in spirits”
Product recognition, identification and classification of (inherent) flaws, WOB evaluation and basic check

The courses for the Basic Class cannot be booked individually as the content is interlinked.

Experience and knowledge not necessary!
Designed for beginners and spirits enthusiasts.

Personal benefit
“Deep basis” training – technical and sensory basic training in handling spirits. Learning to find your way in the world of spirits, evaluate products professionally, define the quality of a product, identify flaws, and learn to appreciate top quality

Target group

  • Distillers (from the fine brandy producerto the rum distiller)
  • Gastronomy, hotel industry, trade and private spirit lovers
  • Tasters and jurors
  • Journalists
  • Newcomers in the sensory handling of spirits
  • Basic course for future participants in the „Master of World Spirits“

Training is bilingual in German and English. The main language is German and the most important parts are translated into English. The ratio of each language is adapted to the participants.

Wolfram Ortner

Bad Kleinkirchheim – Austria:
World-Spirits Academy
9546 Bad Kleinkirchheim, Untertscherner Weg 3
Phone: 0043-4240-760, Fax 0043-4240-760-50
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

8.00 to 14.00

All-inclusive course fee (2 taster training sessions): EUR 700 net plus 20% VAT.
In the case of registrations after the official registration closing date, a surcharge of 10% will apply.

In the event of cancellation before the start of the course 100% of the total amount is retained. If you are booking individual taster training sessions, the full amount must be paid in advance.


  • Course with written material ind folder
  • Spirits for tasting during the course
  • Diploma in the event of positive result
  • Daily written evaluation of participant’s sensory performance

Number of participants
Registration is done in the order of incoming mail. To ensure perfect training results, the number of persons per course is limited to 12.

Tastings, product definition & evaluation, reference sample identification, aroma analysis, workshops, exchange of experience, working on cases and problems in theory and practice

Diploma and certificate of completion

  • World Spirits Basic Class Diploma
  • Following successful completion of the written check test (minimum 50%)
  • World Spirits Basic Class Diploma with successful check”

Registration and Information Online registration

Registration for all courses ends on 15 January 2023. Registration and payment of the course fees must be received by this time.

World-Spirits Academy
Barbara Ortner
9546 Bad Kleinkirchheim
Untertscherner Weg 3, Austria
Phone: 0043-4240-760
Fax: 0043-4240-760-50
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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