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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.

Barbara Grossenbacher
Barbara Grossenbacher

Position: Founder & Director

Company: Edelwhite Gin

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Colin Hampden-White
Colin Hampden-White

Position: Spirits Judging Committee Member

Company: The Three Drinkers

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Jimmy Harris
Jimmy Harris

Position: Consultant

Company: Glassmates

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Joel Harrison
Joel Harrison

Position: Member of the Spirits Judging Committee

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Oliver Hilton-Johnson
Oliver Hilton-Johnson

Position: Director and Japanese Alcohol Specialist

Company: Tegu Sake

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Guy Hodcroft
Guy Hodcroft

Position: Buyer

Company: Bordeaux Index Fine Wines & Spirits

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Ashley Hunka
Ashley Hunka

Position: Customer Marketing Manager

Company: Hatch Mansfield

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Sandy Hyslop
Sandy Hyslop

Position: Director of Blending & Inventory

Company: Chivas Brothers Limited

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Zach Johnston
Zach Johnston

Company: Blackwood Distilling

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Anne Jones
Anne Jones

Position: Consultant

Company: Limestone & Jones

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Veronika Karlova
Veronika Karlova

Position: UK Activation Manager

Company: Beluga Group

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Stephen Kennard
Stephen Kennard

Position: Drinks Consultant

Company: SMJK Consulting Limited

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Natsuki Kikuya
Natsuki Kikuya

Company: Museum of Sake

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Lucas Kussmaul
Lucas Kussmaul

Company: Identity Drinks

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