We run a tightly structured, rigorous tasting process. We use the ‘double-blind’ method, which means samples are tasted in pre-poured numbered glasses to ensure our experts never see a bottle. Each spirit is judged by a whole panel in sync, allowing for group discussions.
IWSC judges are world-renowned experts from across the global spirits trade. Many judges are also distillers themselves, providing a unique opportunity for independent peer feedback.
Our independent judging committee meets once a quarter to maintain the utmost integrity, accuracy and impartiality during the judging process.
We want to ensure that if a spirit is faulty or damaged we can serve a fresh sample to avoid any of your spirits getting an unfair score.
In addition, if your spirit is put forward for a trophy, we will use one of the extra bottles in these judging sessions. We also often promote top-rated spirits at trade and consumer events throughout the year.
An outstanding spirit with a naturally exceptional balance, complexity and power. An example that immediately sets itself apart from others in the category.
An excellent spirit with an exceptional balance and rare and complex flavours. An example that stand out against its peers.
An accomplished spirit with good balance, strong character and good complexity. A classic example of its style or variety.
A perfectly well-made spirit which provides an enjoyable drinking experience. A good reflection of the category style.