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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.

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: Drinks Experience

Company: Waitrose

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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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Nick Larsson-Bell
Nick Larsson-Bell

Position: Buyer

Company: Harvey Nicholls

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Richard Legg
Richard Legg

Position: Spirits Consultant

Company: Distilled Knowledge

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Billy Leighton
Billy Leighton

Position: Chief Blender

Company: Irish Distillers - Central Laboratory

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Daniele Liberati
Daniele Liberati

Position: Brand Manager

Company: Samaroli

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Matias Llobet
Matias Llobet

Position: Master Distiller

Company: Juan Torres

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William Lowe MW
William Lowe MW

Position: Master Distiller

Company: Cambridge Distillery

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Matias Luciani
Matias Luciani

Position: TR Brand Ambassador for Bushmills - Dublin Airport

Company: Proximo Spirits

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