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EXTENDED Entry Deadline 11 October
Shipping Deadline 25 October


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 blend of single malts from different distilleries.

    12 Years & Under

    13 to 20 Years

    21 Years & Over

    Blended
    A blend of both malt and grain whiskies from different distilleries.

    12 Years & Under

    13 to 20 Years

    21 Years & Over

    Canadian Blended
    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.

    12 Years & Under

    13 to 20 Years

    21 Years & Over

    Flavoured Whisky
    Whisky with an added flavour to it ( such as honey, cinnamon or apple for instance). This might not be 40% but should have a whisky spirit base.

    Age Statement

    Grain
    Made from any grain other than malted barley including wheat, maize (corn) and rye

    12 Years & Under

    13 to 20 Years

    21 Years & Over

    Pot Still
    A whisky made from a mix of malted and unmalted barley and from a single distillery

    12 Years & Under

    13 to 20 Years

    21 Years & Over

    Rye
    Must be distilled from a mashbill of at least 51 per cent rye, can be referred to as straight is matured for at least two years in a virgin oak cask

    12 Years & Under

    13 to 20 Years

    21 Years & Over

    Single Malt
    Whisky distilled at a single distillery use 100% malted barley, yeast and water.

    12 Years & Under

    13 to 20 Years

    21 Years & Over

    Single Cask Single Malt
    A whisky distilled using 100% malted barley and originating from a sole cask (normally about 180 or so bottles).

    12 Years & Under

    13 to 20 Years

    21 Years & Over

    Corn
    Must have a corn content of more than 80 per cent.

    12 Years & Under

    13 to 20 Years

    21 Years & Over

    Blended Limited Release
    A blend of both malt and grain whiskies from different distilleries but limited to 2500 bottles.

    12 Years & Under

    13 to 20 Years

    21 Years & Over

    Bourbon

    Non Kentucky

    Kentucky

    Tennessee

    Age Statement

    Wheat
    A whisky distilled using a mashbill of at least 51 per cent wheat, can be referred to as straight is matured for at least two years in a virgin oak cask.

    12 Years & Under

    13 to 20 Years

    21 Years & Over

    New Make
    New make should be straight from the still nothing added and not been matured.
    Single Barrel Bourbon

    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.
    New launch
    Packaging for a new product launched after February 1, 2019.
    Brand design
    This is a packaging design that carries through and unites a range or ‘family’ of different products from one producer or brand.

    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
    info@worlddrinksawards.com Anita Ujszaszi

    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 must be made online.
  • Entries are only accepted on a completed online entry form with the appropriate entry fee.
  • Any entry form which arrives incomplete, late or illegible and any product which is late or damaged may be deemed invalid.
  • If an entry is withdrawn by the due date 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.
  • 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:
  • Opened bottles may be poured at trade and consumer events to promote the individual brand
  • 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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