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The Edinburgh Whisky Academy is the only center for Scotch Whisky education approved by the Scottish Qualifications Authority, and Barrel Strength Talent Founder Lia Niskanen is thrilled to have joined the Academy as an approved course provider and educator. Lia will be teaching in-person certificate courses in Scotch Whisky and Sensory Appreciation, with a further course in Irish Whisky to be announced.


These courses are perfect for private whisky enthusiasts looking to expand their knowledge, whisky clubs, hospitality, F&B and fine dining staff looking to upskill, up market retail staff, cask investment businesses and clientele and distillery visitor services teams. Barrel Strength Talent will bring its courses to the clients' place of business or accomodation in New York City, and will also offer in-person courses at a variety of venues and distillery locations. The benefits of taking these courses in person cannot be overstated. Lia is a passionate and experienced  presenter who encourages interaction, and whose goal is to make learning fun and thought provoking.


Join us and take your whisky knowledge to the next level!


Certificate in Sensory Appreciation

Over two four-hour workshops, this unique Certificate explores all things sensory.

  • flavor origination

  • aroma recognition and sensory evaluation

  • seasons, senses, taste and elements

  • the effect of temperature

The workshop culminates in a blind tasting.


Certificate in

Scotch Whiskey

Imagine yourself enjoying a dram, understanding exactly what went into your glass and why you love it so much.

  • The history and Business of Scotch Whiskey

  • Raw materials and the production process

  • Distillation and maturation

  • Blending and Bottling


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