International Spirits Challenge 2015

Rewarding quality, celebrating excellence

Beam Suntory is delighted to have won the Distiller of the Year Award this year, 4th time in this 5 years, as well as 3 trophies by both Suntory and Beam team. As all of the judges are experts in the industry, we believe that winning awards in this competition is really credible and important.  We will continue to pursue for the best quality always.
Keita Minari Brand Manager, Japanese Whisky, Beam Suntory EMEA

Accolades from the International Spirits Challenge for the exceptional quality of our products is a phenominal achievement. We pride ourselves on the distinct character and taste of each of our vodkas and we are very pleased that the judges, all global connoisseurs, have commended Belvedere Vodka time and time again.
Claire Smith-Warner Head of Spirit Creation Belvedere Vodka

Distell is proud to have a distinctly successful track record with the International Spirits Challenge. Winning many trophies over the years has not only affirmed our confidence in our products, but also transferred that confidence to our customers and consumers. Awards from competitions like the International Spirits Challenge are of the utmost importance to our brand communication strategies.
Nick Holdcroft

Chateau du Tariquet was awarded Individual Distillery of the Year 2014. We are very honoured to receive this award as it is a true recognition of our family's work for the last five generations. Our aunt Maïté and our father Yves have given us passion for the vine, the distillation and the ageing of Bas-Armagnacs. We and the whole team at the estate are very proud that Château du Tariquet won such a fantastic trophy.
Rémy Grassa from Responsable ADV Export

Entry Deadlines

JAN 16 Gin & Genever, Liqueurs

FEB 13 Vodka, White Spirits, Tequila & Mezcal, Anise Spirits

MAR 13 Scotch Whisky, World Whiskies

APR 10 Rum, Cachaça, Brandy & Cognac, Armagnac, Calvados, Pisco, Grappa

MAY06 Design & Packaging, Marketing

Entry Information

Entry Terms and Conditions

Who can enter?

The ISC is open to anyone who produces, markets or sells spirits from any country, including distillers, producers, distributors, agents, independent retailers, retail chains, supermarkets and wholesalers. Retailers must enter their own brands. All spirits must be entered with the permission of the brand owners.

All spirits must be commercially available for retail, and in sufficient quantities for it to be reasonable to expect them to be available until at least early 2016. No specially prepared samples will be accepted.

The brand name you enter will be published in Drinks International magazine, online at and on the certificates. The ISC takes no responsibility for brands spelt incorrectly during the booking process.

Entries may be cancelled up to 14 days after the booking date, In which case, the entry fee will be returned subject to an administration charge of 50%.

Cost and Payment

Entrants may submit as many separate products or campaigns as they wish into the Tasting, Design & Packaging and Marketing Awards.

Each entry costs £185 + VAT.

Multiple discounts are available for online entries. Those booking multiple entries will benefit from the discounts outlined below:

£185 per entry
£175 for 5 - 10 entries
£165 for 11 -20 entries
£155 for 21 + entries

Please note: an administration fee of £20 will be applied to those requiring invoices where the total net value is less than £500. Cheques should be made payable to Agile Media Ltd.

Payment terms for invoices are strictly 15 days (or prior to judging if sooner). Please note that if payment or proof of payment is not received prior to judging then products will be removed from the competition. Agile Media Ltd takes no responsibility for the returning of any spirits received on this basis.

Duplicated entries

Please check that your agent or producer has not already entered the same spirit as you. No refunds will be made for duplicated entries.

When and where to send my entry form

You can complete the online entry form at or alternatively scan an entry form and email to or Fax: +44(0) 1293 474 010.

Furthermore you can also send your completed hard copy entry form to International Spirits Challenge 2015, Agile Media Ltd, Longley House, International Drive, Southgate Avenue, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 6AQ, UK.

Please adhere to the deadlines stated in 'Important Dates' and on your entry form. Late entries may not be accepted.

What to do next

Please send in TWO bottles per brand entered for the Tasting Competition. ONE bottle per brand is required for the Design & Packaging and Marketing Awards. If entering a product range, please send ONE bottle for every product in the range. Bottles will not be returned.


1) All bottles should be accompanied by a pro forma invoice with a nominal value of £1 per bottle and the statement "for tasting purposes only; not for resale". This is for the purpose of paying UK VAT. Please ensure all deliveries are labelled with the name of the submitter and 'International Spirits Challenge 2015'.

2) Please quote and enclose your receipt/invoice number when sending any sample bottles. You can find this number at the top right hand corner of your invoice.

3) For any bottle samples where the brand name is not written in English, please accompany each bottle with a label in English stating the brand name and the ABV.

4) Please send bottles to: International Spirits Challenge 2015, London City Bond, Dinton Woods, Catherine Ford Lane, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 5HB, United Kingdom.

The UK Duty Stamps Scheme is UK law and applies to spirits or fortified wines with a strength of 30% alcohol by volume (ABV) or more, of 35 centilitres capacity or above, for consumption in the UK.

Each bottle that you send must have a duty stamp indicating that excise duty has either been paid, or is due to be paid, before it is released onto the UK market. It is your responsibility to pay for duty stamps.

This applies equally to bottles being used as tasting samples in the International Spirits Challenge (ISC) that meet the above criteria.

The ISC is delighted to offer a Duty Stamp service to make the process easier for you. When you enter the competition, simply opt to pay £20 extra per bottle and we will organise for Duty Stamps to be applied at our warehouse. This cost will include the UK duty, taxes and administration fees. You will be responsible for the shipping costs.

Please remember that you need to send two bottles per tasting entry. It is an offence in UK law to avoid the payment of these taxes on samples.

If you wish to speak to us about any of the above, please call Helen Fallowell, International Spirits Challenge on +44 (0)1293 590 050.

If bottles for the ISC 2015 arrive which do not have UK duty stamps we will invoice you for the cost of providing the duty stamps. The invoice must be paid before the competition takes place or your entry may be withdrawn. In this instance, no refund will be made.

Category Entry Deadlines Bottle Delivery Dates
Gin & Genever 16th January 30th January
Liqueurs 16th January 30th January
Anise Spirits 13th February 27th February
Vodka 13th February 27th February
White Spirits 13th February 27th February
Tequila & Mezcal 13th February 27th February
Scotch Whisky 13th March 27th March
World Whiskies 13th March 27th March
Rum, Cachaça 10th April 24th April
Brandy, Cognac 10th April 24th April
Armagnac, Calvados, Pisco, Grappa 10th April 24th April
Design & Packaging 6th May 15th May
Marketing 6th May 15th May