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VSF x International Sake School - Certified Shochu Adviser Course

[For Pre-Registrations Only: Please kindly specify your preferred course date. Upon confirmation of the course, payment details will be emailed to you]

Are you aware that in Japan, Shochu is more widely consumed than sake?

Step into the fascinating world of Shochu, the next "it" drink that's taking the beverage scene by storm! Get ready to become part of an exclusive group of enthusiasts as you embark on the only Shochu course in English offered worldwide. If your curiosity has been piqued by the wonders of Shochu, then this class is tailor-made for you! 


Designed to captivate both industry professionals and passionate Shochu enthusiasts, the "VSF x International Sake School - Certified Shochu Adviser" course is a transformative journey of knowledge and appreciation. Together, let's unravel the captivating history, explore the finest ingredients, and dive deep into the intricate production methods of Japan's first distilled alcohol. 


As you indulge in this immersive experience, prepare to tantalise your senses with a stunning array of over 15 of Japan's premier Shochu varieties. Each sip will transport you to the heart of Japanese craftsmanship, as you savour Shochu distilled from the likes of Sweet Potato, Barley, Rice, Buckwheat, and Sugarcane. Your taste buds will dance with delight, embracing the diverse flavours and aromas that make Shochu a true masterpiece. 


Discover why Shochu's popularity in Japan surpasses even that of sake, and uncover the secrets behind its rising global acclaim. This course is your gateway to becoming a true connoisseur, equipped with the knowledge and expertise to navigate the world of Shochu with confidence and flair. 


Join us as we embark on an unforgettable adventure through the realms of Shochu. Elevate your appreciation, expand your horizons, and join the ranks of those who truly understand the allure of this remarkable spirit. 


Enrol in our Shochu course today and unlock a world of unparalleled taste and cultural exploration. Let the adventure begin! 

The course will be taught by Marie Cheong-Thong DipWSET (Chairman of The British Sake Association and The International Sake School's Designated Educator for the UK/EMEA Region) and Toshio Ueno (Director, The International Sake School)

Date: 27 April 2024 (Sat) (confirmed) or 28 April 2024 (Sun) (potential 2nd course) - please indicate your preferred course date at check-out

Time: 09:30-17:30

Venue: Central London - exact location to be communicated by email


Exam: 100 multiple-choice questions (70% required to pass), to be completed online approximately two weeks after the course


How much? £450 only (discounted rate: £380 for BSA members and for early-bird registrations before 30 March 2024) 

The fee includes study materials, classroom tuition, Shochu/Awamori samples, examination (first attempt), certification, and postage for the certificate (upon successful completion of the exam).


Course Materials: the official textbook will be distributed on the day of the course. 


This course is conducted in collaboration with The International Sake School (ISS). To seize this incredible opportunity, simply click on "Add to Cart" on this page and proceed to check-out. Payment details will be sent to you via email. 


If you have an affinity for Shochu, our WSET Level 3 Award in Spirits course could also be a perfect fit for you. This comprehensive course not only delves into the world of Shochu but also offers a deep exploration of other esteemed Asian spirits like Baijiu and Soju. Additionally, you'll have the opportunity to broaden your knowledge by immersing yourself in the realm of Western spirits, encompassing a diverse array of options including Scotch Whisky, Bourbon, Rye Whiskey, Tennessee Whiskey, Cognac, Armagnac, Caribbean rum, Tequila, Mezcal, Vodka, and Gin.

VSF x International Sake School - Certified Shochu Adviser Course

  • VSF Wine Education is proud to run the following courses:

    • WSET Level 1 Award in Wines
    • WSET Level 2 Award in Wines
    • WSET Level 3 Award in Wines
    • WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits
    • WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits
    • WSET Level 3 Award in Spirits
    • WSET Level 1 Award in Sake
    • WSET Level 2 Award in Sake
    • WSET Level 3 Award in Sake

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