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MEET THE JUDGES

Recruited for their unrivalled expertise, the IWSC judges are at the heart of our awards

Our judges assess each wine or spirit methodically to ensure a fair and true result, tasting and discussing each entry alongside the rest of the panel. Our panels consist of a mix of wine and spirit experts, such as leading sommeliers and distillers, influencers from every sector of the drinks trade, buyers, importers and distributors. The IWSC also runs an Associate Judging Programme in partnership with the WSET and Plumpton College, offering new industry talent the opportunity to gain judging experience. View the judges from 2019 below.

Stephen Beal
Stephen Beal

Poste: Chair Judge and member of the Spirits Judging Committee

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Anne Brock
Anne Brock

Poste: Panel Judge

Société: Bombay Sapphire

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Ian Burrell
Ian Burrell

Poste: Panel Judge

Société: UK RumFest

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John Cashman
John Cashman

Poste: Panel Judge

Société: Beam Suntory

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Ian Chang
Ian Chang

Poste: Panel Judge

Société: Kavalan

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Dawn Davies MW
Dawn Davies MW

Poste: Member of the Spirits Judging Committee

Société: Speciality Drinks

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Ivan Dixon
Ivan Dixon

Poste: Chair Judge

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Dhavall  Gandhi
Dhavall Gandhi

Poste: Panel Judge

Société: The Lakes Distillery

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Tobias Gorn
Tobias Gorn

Poste: Chair Judge

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Colin Hampden-White
Colin Hampden-White

Poste: Panel Judge

Société: The Three Drinkers

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Joel Harrison
Joel Harrison

Poste: Chair Judge and member of the Spirits Judging Committee

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Guy Hodcroft
Guy Hodcroft

Poste: Panel Judge

Société: Master of Malt

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Peter Holland
Peter Holland

Poste: Chair Judge

Société: The Floating Rum Shack

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Eddie Ludlow
Eddie Ludlow

Poste: Panel Judge

Société: The Whisky Lounge

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Charles Maxwell
Charles Maxwell

Poste: Chair Judge

Société: Thames Distillers

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Arthur Nägele
Arthur Nägele

Poste: Chair Judge and member of the Spirits Judging Committee

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Bernadette Pamplin
Bernadette Pamplin

Poste: Panel Judge

Société: Under the Ginfluence

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Becky  Paskin
Becky Paskin

Poste: Panel Judge

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