WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting (SAT) Level 3.

Greetings fellow spirits enthusiasts! My name is Nick Ryan, I wanted to share some tips for using the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting (SAT) Level 3.

I've been reviewing some of the key points of the SAT Level 3, and I wanted to share with you some tips to help you make the most of this valuable tool.

First and foremost, I believe it's important to stress the need for concentration and taking your time when tasting and evaluating a spirit using the SAT Level 3. Each step of the process is important and requires focus. Setting aside a quiet and distraction-free environment can help with this.

Secondly, using a standardized glass for all tastings is a must. This helps ensure consistency in evaluations and provides a reliable base for comparing different spirits.

Thirdly, taking detailed notes on each spirit evaluated is essential. Being specific in descriptors for each element, including appearance, aroma, flavor, finish, and texture, helps make informed decisions about a spirit's quality and style, and communicate findings to others in a clear and concise manner.

Fourthly, practice is key! The more you use the SAT Level 3, the more confident you will become in your evaluations. Tasting a wide variety of spirits and evaluating them using the system can provide valuable experience and help build confidence.

Fifthly, I believe that comparing and contrasting when evaluating a spirit is extremely helpful. By comparing it to others in the same category, you can gain a better understanding of its style and quality. Noting similarities and differences and trying to identify specific aromas, flavors, and textures can help improve evaluations.

Finally, understanding the production process is vital. Knowing how a spirit is made provides important clues to its style and character. Take time to understand the raw materials used, the method of production, and the maturation process to gain a better understanding of a spirit's unique characteristics.

In conclusion, I hope these tips are helpful as you prepare for the rollout of WSET Level 3. Remember to take your time, be specific in your notes, and practice, practice, practice! With experience and a solid understanding of the SAT Level 3, you'll be able to confidently evaluate and describe a wide range of spirits, and make informed decisions about their quality and character.