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The World Whiskies Awards are the global awards selecting the very best in all internationally recognized styles of whiskies. Presented by TheDrinksReport.com, the world’s no.1 online resource for drinks professionals, the World Whiskies Awards select, reward and promote the world’s best whiskies to consumers and trade across the globe.

Every entrant receives…
  • A personalized World Whiskies Awards tasting note
  • Invitation to the World Whiskies Awards final round tasting in London

    Winners receive…
  • Extensive coverage on WorldWhiskiesAwards.com
  • High resolution logos
  • International, regional and national coverage targeting Whiskies consumers and trade buyers
  • Boxed set: inclusion in the World Whiskies Awards boxed set, featuring the winners
  • Point of sale materials including: stickers and collarets with your award in corporate collars
  • All country and world winners are featured in the annual Best Spirits publication

    Medals, Certificates and Trophies receive…
  • Medal, certificate and logo pack
  • Country certificate and logo pack
  • World Style certificate and logo pack
  • World’s Best Trophies, certificate and logo pack

    Taste categories

    Blended Malt
    A Blended Malt whisk(e)y is produced using a combination of Single Malt whiskies distilled at different distilleries and may also be referred to on packaging as a ‘vatted malt’ or ‘pure malt’. To qualify for this category, a Blended Malt must be bottled at 40% ABV or above and its constituent single malts must comply with the definition of Single Malt whisk(e)y outlined in this definition document. Blended Malt whisk(e)y may contain no additional flavourings or additives, with the exception of spirit caramel (E150a). If a blended malt carries a geographical indication (e.g. Irish Blended Malt), the blend must have been vatted and bottled in the country identified on the label. Furthermore, the majority (>50%) of its constituent whiskies must have been distilled and matured in the country identified on the label to qualify for entry. If less is present, the entry should be placed into the 'World' region.

    12 Years & Under

    13 to 20 Years

    21 Years & Over

    No Age Statement

    Blended
    A Blended whisk(e)y is produced by vatting together at least one Single Malt and one Single Grain whisk(e)y. To qualify for this category, the constituent malt and grain whiskies in the blend must comply with the definitions of Single Malt and Single Grain whisk(e)y outlined in this document. To qualify for this category, a Blended whisk(e)y must be bottled at 40% ABV or above. Blended whisk(e)y may contain no additional flavourings or additives, with the exception of spirit caramel (E150a). Please note that this does not prohibit the addition of enzymes during mashing of any whisk(e)y in the blend. If a Blended whisk(e)y carries a geographical indication (e.g. Irish Blended whisk(e)y), the blend must have been vatted and bottled in the country identified on the label. Furthermore, the majority (>50%) of the blend’s constituent whiskies must have been distilled and matured in the country identified on the label. If less is present, the entry should be placed into the 'World' region.

    12 Years & Under

    13 to 20 Years

    21 Years & Over

    No Age Statement

    Canadian Blended
    A Canadian whisky is a blend of mature whiskies, each usually distilled from a single grain type. Generally, some of this spirit is distilled to high abv and matured in used barrels to maximize flavours that develop from long exposure to air in the barrel. Other spirit, distilled to low abv in short columns or pot stills is matured in new or once-used barrels to emphasize the flavours derived from the grain, fermentation and wood. Canadian whisky must be aged for at least three years and must have been distilled and matured in Canada.

    12 Years & Under

    13 to 20 Years

    21 Years & Over

    No Age Statement

    Flavoured Whisky
    Flavoured whisk(e)y is a spirit drink containing whisk(e)y as its sole constituent spirit, with added ingredients which augment the final flavour of the product. Flavourings may be added by means of one or more of the following processes: addition, infusion, maceration, alcoholic fermentation and distillation. To qualify as a flavoured whisk(e)y, no distilled spirits other than whisk(e)y (as outlined in other category definitions in this document) or products containing distilled spirits other than whisk(e)y may be added to the final product. Examples of flavourings include sweetening products such as honey or agave nectar (for further examples, see the definitions below) and foodstuffs including, but not limited to, herbs, spices, hops and fruits. In this category, artificial flavourings are permitted. A Flavoured whisky can be distinguished from a liqueur by its sugar content, which will be below 100g/litre. Products containing sugar levels in excess of 100g/litre will instead be considered liqueurs and qualify for entry to the World Liqueur Awards. To qualify for this category, a flavoured whisk(e)y must be bottled at >35% ABV. If a flavoured whisk(e)y carries a geographical indication (e.g. American Flavoured Whiskey), the product must have been vatted and bottled in the country identified on the label. Furthermore, the majority (>50%) of its constituent whiskies must have been distilled and matured in the country identified on the label to qualify for entry.
    Grain
    Grain whisky is the product of distilling a mash bill made up of a one or more cereal grain(s). This includes, but is not limited to, wheat, maize (corn), barley, millet, spelt, rice, oats and rye. Grain whisk(e)y may be produced using a copper pot, column or hybrid still. To qualify for this category, a grain whisk(e)y must be bottled at 40% ABV or above and have been aged for a minimum of two years in wodden casks. A grain whisk(e)y may be Single Grain (the product of one distillery) or Blended Grain (a blend of grain whiskies produced at more than one distillery). Grain whisk(e)y may contain no additional flavourings or additives, with the exception of spirit caramel (E150a). Please note that this does not prohibit the addition of enzymes during mashing. If a Single Grain whisk(e)y carries a geographical indication (e.g. Irish Single Grain whiskey), it must have been distilled and matured in the country identified on the label. If a Blended Grain whisk(e)y carries a geographical indication (e.g. Irish Blended Grain whiskey), the blend must have been vatted and bottled in the country identified on the label. Furthermore, the majority (>50%) of its constituent whiskies must have been distilled and matured in the country identified on the label to qualify for entry.

    12 Years & Under

    13 to 20 Years

    21 Years & Over

    No Age Statement

    Pot Still
    Pot Still whisk(e)y is produced using a mash bill containing a mix of both malted and unmalted barley, and must be distilled at least twice in a copper pot still. To qualify for this category, a Pot Still whisk(e)y must be bottled at 40% ABV or above and have been aged for a minimum of two years in wodden casks. A Pot Still whisk(e)y may be Single Pot Still (the product of one distillery) or blended Pot Still (a blend of Pot Still whiskies produced at more than one distillery). Pot Still whisk(e)y may contain no additional flavourings or additives, with the exception of spirit caramel (E150a). If a Single Pot Still whisk(e)y carries a geographical indication (e.g. Irish Single Pot Still whiskey), it must have been distilled and matured in the country identified on the label. Please note that Pot Still whisk(e)y may be produced in any country – its production is not limited to Ireland. If a Blended Pot Still whisk(e)y carries a geographical indication (e.g. Irish Blended Pot Still whiskey), the blend must have been vatted and bottled in the country identified on the label. Furthermore, the majority (>50%) of its constituent whiskies must have been distilled and matured in the country identified on the label to qualify for entry.

    12 Years & Under

    13 to 20 Years

    21 Years & Over

    No Age Statement

    Rye
    Rye whisky is the product of distilling a mash made up of at least 51% rye. Whiskies containing rye that do not meet this minimum are instead categorised as grain whiskies. Rye whisk(e)y may be produced using a copper pot, column or hybrid still. To qualify for this category, a rye whisk(e)y must be bottled at 40% ABV or above and have been aged for a minimum of two years in wooden casks. A Rye whisk(e)y may be described as Single Rye (the product of one distillery), Blended Rye (a blend of Rye whiskies produced at more than one distillery) or simply as Rye. Rye whisk(e)y may contain no additional flavourings or additives, with the exception of spirit caramel (E150a). Please note that this does not prohibit the addition of enzymes during mashing. If a Rye whisk(e)y carries a geographical indication (e.g. American Rye whiskey), it must have been distilled and matured in the country identified on the label. If a Blended Rye whisk(e)y carries a geographical indication (e.g. American Blended Rye whiskey), the blend must have been vatted and bottled in the country identified on the label and the majority (>50%) of its constituent whiskies must have been distilled and matured in the country identified on the label to qualify for entry.

    12 Years & Under

    13 to 20 Years

    21 Years & Over

    No Age Statement

    Single Malt
    Single Malt whisk(e)y is produced using a mash of 100% malted barley and must be distilled at least twice using a copper pot still. Though more than one cask may be vatted to create a single malt whisk(e)y, it must be solely the product of a single distillery. To qualify for this category, a single malt whisk(e)y must be bottled at 40% ABV or above and have been aged for a minimum of two years in wooden casks. Single Malt whisk(e)y may contain no additional flavourings or additives, with the exception of spirit caramel (E150a). If a Single Malt whisk(e)y carries a geographical indication (e.g. Irish Single Malt whiskey), it must have been distilled and matured in the country identified on the label. The same applies for the country/region of production which needs to be complete when entering the product.

    12 Years & Under

    13 to 20 Years

    21 Years & Over

    No Age Statement

    Single Cask Single Malt
    A Single Cask Single Malt whisk(e)y is defined as the contents of a single cask of Single Malt whisk(e)y, as defined in this document. It is understood that a single cask is an enclosed maturation vessel made of wooden that is no more than 750 litres in capacity. To qualify, a Single Cask Single Malt whisk(e)y must have been disgorged and bottled without addition of any substance except water (for dilution to bottling strength) and/or spirit caramel (E150A). The vatting of two or more casks is not permitted at any point in the production process of a Single Cask Single Malt.

    12 Years & Under

    13 to 20 Years

    21 Years & Over

    No Age Statement

    Corn
    Corn whisk(e)y is the product of distilling a mash made up of at least 51% corn. Whiskies containing corn that do not meet this minimum are instead categorised as Grain whiskies. Corn whisk(e)y may be produced using a copper pot, column or hybrid still. To qualify for this category, a Corn whisk(e)y must be bottled at 40% ABV or above and have been aged for a minimum of two years in wooden barrels. A Corn whisk(e)y may be described as Single Corn (the product of one distillery), Blended Corn (a blend of Corn whiskies produced at more than one distillery) or simply as Corn. Corn whisk(e)y may contain no additional flavourings or additives, with the exception of spirit caramel (E150a). Please note that this does not prohibit the addition of enzymes during mashing. If a Corn whisk(e)y carries a geographical indication (e.g. American Corn whisk(e)y), it must have been distilled and matured in the country identified on the label. If a Blended Corn whisk(e)y carries a geographical indication (e.g. American Blended Corn whiskey), the blend must have been vatted and bottled in the country identified on the label and the majority (>50%) of its constituent whiskies must have been distilled and matured in the country identified on the label to qualify for entry.

    12 Years & Under

    13 to 20 Years

    21 Years & Over

    No Age Statement

    Blended Limited Release
    A release of Blended whisk(e)y that is limited to 3600 bottles or less.

    12 Years & Under

    13 to 20 Years

    21 Years & Over

    No Age Statement

    Bourbon

    Non Kentucky

    Kentucky

    Tennessee

    Age Statement

    No Age Statement

    Wheat
    Wheat whisk(e)y is the product of distilling a mash made up of at least 51% wheat. Whiskies containing wheat that do not meet this minimum are instead categorised as Grain whiskies. Wheat whisk(e)y may be produced using a copper pot, column or hybrid still. To qualify for this category, a Wheat whisk(e)y must be bottled at 40% ABV or above and have been aged for a minimum of two years in wooden casks. A Wheat whisk(e)y may be described as Single Wheat (the product of one distillery), Blended Wheat (a blend of Wheat whiskies produced at more than one distillery) or simply as Wheat. Wheat whisk(e)y may contain no additional flavourings or additives, with the exception of spirit caramel (E150a). Please note that this does not prohibit the addition of enzymes during mashing. If a Wheat whisk(e)y carries a geographical indication (e.g. American Wheat whisk(e)y), it must have been distilled and matured in the country identified on the label. If a Blended Wheat whisk(e)y carries a geographical indication (e.g. American Blended Wheat whiskey), the blend must have been vatted and bottled in the country identified on the label and the majority (>50%) of its constituent whiskies must have been distilled and matured in the country identified on the label to qualify for entry.

    12 Years & Under

    13 to 20 Years

    21 Years & Over

    No Age Statement

    New Make & Young Spirit
    New-Make Spirit is the unaged product of distilling fermented cereal mash in a copper pot, column or hybrid still. It can be labelled variably as ‘Moonshine’, ‘White Dog’ and ‘Clearac’, with other local terminology used around the world. Young Spirit is New-Make Spirit that has been matured for more than six months but under two years in a wooden cask. If a New-Make or Young Spirit carries a geographical indication (e.g. American Moonshine or Irish New-Make Spirit), it must have been distilled in the country identified on the label. To qualify for this category, a New-Make or Young Spirit must be bottled at >40% ABV and, if it were matured further to a minimum of two years, must have the potential to become a category of whisk(e)y described in this document.

    New Make

    Young Spirit

    Flavoured Spirit

    A Flavoured Spirit is a product created by flavouring New-Make or Young Spirit with added ingredients which augment the final flavour of the product. Flavourings may be added by means of one or more of the following processes: addition, infusion, maceration, alcoholic fermentation and distillation. Examples of flavourings include sweetening products such as honey or agave nectar (for further examples, see the definitions below) and foodstuffs including, but not limited to, herbs, spices, hops and fruits. In this category, artificial flavourings are permitted. A Flavoured Spirit can be distinguished from a liqueur by its sugar content, which will be below 100g/litre. Products containing sugar levels in excess of 100g/litre will instead be considered liqueurs and qualify for entry to the World Liqueur Awards. To qualify for this category, a Flavoured Spirit must be bottled at >35% ABV. If a Flavoured Spirit carries a geographical indication (e.g. American Flavoured Spirit), the product must have been distilled, flavoured and bottled in the country identified on the label.
    Single Barrel Bourbon

    Non Kentucky

    Kentucky

    Design categories

    Label design
    This includes all aspects of on-bottle brand/product communication, including the application of any direct printing onto bottle, capsule or closure, as well as paper and film labels and sleeves. The pack will be judged on the overall design and quality of materials, print, decoration and application.
    Presentation
    This applies to the secondary, outer, presentation packaging, such as cartons, boxes, cases, plinths, chests etc. The presentation will be judged on the overall effect with the bottle in place.
    Travel retail exclusive
    Packaging created specifically for sale in the duty-free / travel retail market
    Limited edition
    This category applies to pack designs where the number produced was limited, such as for a special production, occasion or season.
    Redesign / relaunch
    This category refers to a new or refreshed packaging design created for an existing product and introduced to the market after February 1, 2019. A picture or sample of the previous packaging must be supplied along with a description of what changes have been made and why
    New launch
    Packaging for a new product launched after February 1, 2019.
    Range design
    This is a packaging design that carries through and unites a range or ‘family’ of different products from one producer or brand.
    Bottle Design
    The overall design of the glass or PET bottle: shape, colour, functionality and any embossing, decorative finishes, coatings or direct printed elements as well as visual appeal.

    The judging process

    TASTE

    The taste judging is held in three rounds.

    Round 1
    Each whisky is tasted in its relevant style to identify and select the style winners. Judges making up the World Whiskies Awards panel include international, leading journalists, specialist drinks retailers and industry experts.

    Rounds 2
    Style winners are tasted against each other to identify the ‘Best’ whisky in each category.

    Round 3
    The ‘Best’ whisky in each category are then tasted against each other one last time to select the World’s Best whisky. Judges at this stage include those in Round 1 and 2 to whom are added a panel of leading distillers and experts from the whisky industry.

    DESIGN
    All DESIGN judging is conducted by a panel of leading international design experts.

    Please send 3 bottles. If you have entered only in design, please only send 2 bottles.

    Shipping

    For any enquiries regarding your shipments, please contact
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    Rates

    Entry fees

     1 entry2 entries3 entries4+ entries
    Sterling
    Taste & Design£245 + VAT each£235 + VAT each£225 + VAT each£215 + VAT each
    Design£169 + VAT each£164 + VAT each£159 + VAT each£154 + VAT each
    Taste or Design£169 + VAT each£164 + VAT each£159 + VAT each£154 + VAT each
    Euro
    Taste & Design€315 each€305 each€295 each€285 each
    Design€210 each€205 each€200 each€195 each
    Taste or Design€210 each€205 each€200 each€195 each
    USD
    Taste & Design$410 each$395 each$380 each$365 each
    Design$280 each$270 each$260 each$250 each
    Taste or Design$280 each$270 each$260 each$250 each
    Canadian Dollar
    Taste & Design$460 each$445 each$430 each$415 each
    Design$320 each$310 each$300 each$290 each
    Taste or Design$320 each$310 each$300 each$290 each
    Japanese Yen
    Taste & Design¥36500 each¥35000 each¥33500 each¥32000 each
    Design¥24500 each¥23800 each¥23200 each¥22300 each
    Taste or Design¥24500 each¥23800 each¥23200 each¥22300 each

    Terms & conditions

  • All entries must be made only by the closing date listed.
  • Entries are only accepted on a completed online entry form with the appropriate entry fee.
  • If an entry is withdrawn after completion of the entry (payment has been made) or
    disqualified, the entry fee will be returned subject to an administration charge of 50% of the
    entry fee. Products will be retained by the Organiser.
  • If you are shipping your entries yourself, please ensure that all customs, clearance and any
    associated costs have been paid. If these are not paid, the World Gin Awards can either not
    accept the entries or will have to invoice any costs occurred, including a £25.00 administration
    fee.
  • The judges’ decision on all matters is final.
  • The Organisers may, at their discretion, refuse to accept an entry.
  • The Organisers may alter the closing date for the awards, place an entry in the most
    appropriate style, rule that an entry may not compete or is ineligible to compete, or alter the
    date, time or place on or at which the awards are scheduled to take place.
  • The Chair of Judges has the power to disqualify any entry not deemed as meeting the entry
    criteria.
  • These rules are governed by the laws of the UK.
  • Please note: bottles will not be returned. Our policy on unreturned bottles is as follows:
    o Opened bottles may be poured at trade and consumer events to promote the
    individual brand
    o Closed bottles may be distributed to individual charities on a case by basis, or
    presented for auction, all proceeds going to charity
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