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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 every glass put in front of them methodically to ensure a fair and true result, tasting and discussing each entry alongside the rest of the panel. Our panels consist of experts and influencers from every sector of the drinks trade, from buyers, importers and distributors to the specialists making and serving the drinks. View our judges below.

Ivan Dixon
Ivan Dixon

Position: Consultant

Company: Procera Gin

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Shiada Drysdale
Shiada Drysdale

Position: Manager - Beverages

Company: Virgin Atlantic

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Ludo Ducrocq
Ludo Ducrocq

Position: Director of Education & Advocacy

Company: Glenmorangie Company

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Philip Duff
Philip Duff

Position: Spirits educator

Company: Liquid Solutions

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Eiméar Duggan
Eiméar Duggan

Company: Bombay Sapphire Distillery

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Timothy Falzon
Timothy Falzon

Position: Assistant General Manager

Company: Laki Kane

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Siobhan Feeley
Siobhan Feeley

Position: Distiller

Company: Sacred Spirits

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Michael Fichtner
Michael Fichtner

Position: Whisky Sommelier

Company: Coburg Bar at the Connaught Hotel

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Julia Forte
Julia Forte

Company: The Gin Club

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Michael Foster
Michael Foster

Position: Global Brand Ambassador

Company: Belvedere Vodka

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Dhavall  Gandhi
Dhavall Gandhi

Position: Managing Director & Master Blender

Company: Dhavall Gandhi Whisky

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Mark Gillespie
Mark Gillespie

Position: Journalist

Company: Whisky Cast

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Anthony Gladman
Anthony Gladman

Position: Writer

Company: Writer

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Gregg Glass
Gregg Glass

Position: Master Whisky Maker & Blender

Company: Whyte & Mackay

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James Goggin
James Goggin

Position: Head of Sales at Empirical

Company: Empirical

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Stephen Gould
Stephen Gould

Position: Master Distiller and CEO

Company: Golden Moon Distillery

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Matthew Greatrex
Matthew Greatrex

Position: Spirit Buyer

Company: Aldi

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