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Entries close on 13 October 2017


The World Whiskies Awards are the global awards selecting the very best in all internationally recognized styles of whiskies. Presented by Whisky Magazine the World Whiskies Awards select, reward and promote the world’s best whiskies to consumers and trade across the globe.

Taste categories

Blended Malt
A blend of single malts from different distilleries.

No Age

12 & under

13 - 20

21 & over

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

No Age

12 & under

13 - 20

21 & 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.

No Age

12 & under

13 - 20

21 & 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.

No Age

Age Statement

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

No Age

12 & under

13 - 20

21 & over

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

No Age

12 & under

13 - 20

21 & 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

No Age

12 & under

13 - 20

21 & over

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

No Age

12 & under

13 - 20

21 & over

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

No Age

12 & under

13 - 20

21 & over

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

No Age

12 & under

13 - 20

21 & over

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

No Age

12 & under

13 - 20

21 & over

Bourbon

Non Kentucky

Kentucky

Tennesee

No Age

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.

No Age

12 & under

13 - 20

21 & over

Design categories

1 |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.
2 |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.
3 |Travel retail exclusive
Packaging created specifically for sale in the duty-free / travel retail market
4 |Limited edition
This category applies to pack designs where the number produced was limited, such as for a special production, occasion or season.
5 |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, 20i6. A picture or sample of the previous packaging must be supplied along with a description of what changes have been made and why
6 |New launch
Packaging for a new product launched after February 1, 20i6
7 |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 and region to identify and select the category winners . Judges making up the World Whiskies Awards panel include leading journalists, specialist drinks retailers and industry experts.

Rounds 2
Category winners are tasted against each other to identify the ‘Best’ Whiskies in each Style per region.

Round 3
The ‘Best’ whiskies in each region are then tasted against each other one last time to select the World’s Best Whiskies in each of the categories. 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.

Shipping

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

We are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with Imorex (formerly Procurus) to provide a door to door shipping service exclusively for World Whiskies Awards entrants. You can now book your shipments in online and they do the rest.

For only £55.00 per entry this will include all transportation, administration and all duty costs applicable. You only have to enter and pack, they will do the rest. Have you registered your entries already? Login to your account to book your shipment now.

If you wish to ship your entries yourself, please send them to the address supplied in your account. 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, World Whiskies Awards can either not accept the entries or will have to invoice any costs occurred, including a £10.00 administration fee.

United States entries only
Shipping deadline: All samples need to be received by 31 October 2017


World Whiskies Awards
c/o Procurus
Robinson Terminal
7201 Wimsatt Road
Springfield, VA 22151
USA
Phone:+1 571 351 7034

Canadian entries only
Shipping deadline: All samples need to be received by 31 October 2017


World Whiskies Awards
Procurus c/o North American Freight
7385 Bren Road , Unit 1
Mississauga, ON
L4T 1H3
Canada

Phone US A:+1 571 351 7034

The address for all other countries is:

Shipping deadline: All samples need to be received by 31 October 2017
World Whiskies Awards
c/o Imorex (Procurus Ltd)
Cliff Road Industrial Est
Cliff Road
Ipswich
IP3 0AY
United Kingdom

For any enquiries regarding your shipments, please contact 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£165 + VAT each£160 + VAT each£155 + VAT each£150 + VAT each
Taste or Design£165 + VAT each£160 + VAT each£155 + VAT each£150 + VAT each
Euro
Taste & Design€305 each€295 each€285 each€275 each
Design€205 + VAT each€200 + VAT each€195 + VAT each€190 + VAT each
Taste or Design€205 each€200 each€195 each€190 + VAT each
USD
Taste & Design$395 each$380 each$365 each$350 each
Design$270 + VAT each$260 + VAT each$250 + VAT each$240 + VAT each
Taste or Design$270 each$260 each$250 each$240 each
Canadian Dollar
Taste & Design$430 each$415 each$400 each
Design$305 + VAT each$295 + VAT each$285 + VAT each$275 + VAT each
Taste or Design$305 each$295 each$285 each$275 each

Terms & conditions

  • All entry forms and products must be sent by prepaid post and be received by the closing date listed.
  • 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.
  • 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 Whiskies Awards can either not accept the entries or will have to invoice any costs occurred, including a £10.00 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:
  • 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.

    FAQs

    Q: How many bottles should I send?
    A: If entered for taste or taste & design, please send 3 bottles. If entered only in design, please send 2 only.

    Q: Where should I send my bottles to?
    A: You can use our dedicated shipper Imorex (formerly Procurus). To book your shipments follow the link on your profile page. Or, if you wish to ship the entries yourself, please send them to

    World Whiskies Awards
    c/o Procurus Ltd
    Cliff Road Industrial Est
    Cliff Road
    Ipswich
    IP3 0AY
    United Kingdom