Distillers’ Awards presented to top performing WSET Spirits students

As part of the Wine and Spirits Educational Trust’s yearly graduation ceremony at Guildhall on 24 April 2024, the livery was delighted to present two of the top performing students with awards celebrating their achievements in the WSET Level 3 Spirits course.

This year’s recipients of The Worshipful Company of Distillers’ awards were drinks educator Timothy Powers who studied at the Commonwealth Wine School in the USA and journalist Laurent Cuvier (who couldn’t be there in person) who studied at WiSP in France.

Timothy gave a speech at the graduation, and the Master and VTEC chair Chris Pitcher grabbed him for a few words afterwards:

“I am truly honoured to have received this prize, and I am grateful to both Commonwealth Wine School and WSET for the opportunity to have successfully completed my course of study. I hope to be able to use this opportunity to dive further into my love of spirits and spirits producing regions by visiting these regions and getting to meet the individuals, families, and organisations who have been producing these beverages for countless years.”

We would also like to congratulate spirits ambassador Nathan Shearer, who took home the The Incorporation of Coopers of Glasgow Earl of Forfar Scholarship for his Level 3 Spirits results.

The Distillers’ awards go to a student from the Americas and one from Europe, the middle east or Africa, and come with a bursary to be used to further the student’s exploration of a spirit producing region. Previous winners include celebrated Australian distiller Dave Withers, who will be using his bursary to further expand his knowledge of spirits production in Japan later this year.

The livery has been a supporter of the WSET since its earliest days and contributes a trustee to its board. The Vocational Training and Education Committee works with the WSET through the year to provide scholarships to help those involved in the drinks industry to study its courses, as well as bursaries and mentorship for the top performing students. We will be welcoming Timothy Powers to our mentorship program this May.

Billy Abbot