International Spirits Challenge 2017 :: FAQs


A: The ISC is open to anyone who produces, markets or sells spirits from any country, including distillers, producers, distributors, agents, pr agencies, independent retailers, retail chains, supermarkets and wholesalers.

All spirits must be entered with the permission of the brand owners. Please check that your agent or producer has not already entered the same spirit as you.
A: The ISC accepts a wide range of spirits for tasting. To see the full list of categories available for entry click here

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 2018. No specially prepared samples will be accepted.
A: Please refer to the list of categories which you can locate from the home page. If you have a rare or unique product and need advice, please contact the sales team:

Please contact:

Rick Beaumont on +44 (0) 1293 558130. Email: 
Or Jo Morley on +44 (0) 1293 590044. Email:
A: No. Entry information and payment must be completed at the same time
A: Discounts for multiple entries apply to online bookings only and will adjust automatically once entered.
A: Yes. Just enter further bookings in the online entry process. Discounts for multiple entries will adjust automatically.
A: Should you wish to change or amend an entry please contact us.

Please contact:
Helen Heppell on +44 (0) 1293 590050 or email
A: Please send samples for judging. Full information about shipping can be found here.
A: Full information about shipping can be found here.
A: 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. You can purchase duty stamps through the ISC entry process.
A: Please contact the sales team who can help and assist with your enquiry.

Please contact:
Rick Beaumont on +44 (0) 1293 558130. email:  
Jo Morley on +44 (0) 1293 590044. email:
A: Entries may be cancelled up to 14 days after the booking date. After this, entry fees are non refundable.

Alternatively you may replace the replace with another product at no additional cost.

Please contact:
Helen Heppell on +44 (0) 1293 590050 or email
A: If you require an invoice and your order is less than £500 we add an administration charge to cover the extra expense we incur in ensuring that all payments are received before judging takes place. The administration fee can be avoided by paying by credit card at time of entering.
A: Yes, but you will have to pay the administration fee of £20 to cover this.

A: Entrants will be informed by email.

Gin & Genever
Liqueurs & Specialities
Anise Spirits
10th March 2017
Scotch Whisky
World Whiskies
21st April 2017
White Spirits
Tequila & Mezcal
2nd June 2017
Rum, Cachaça
Brandy, Cognac
Armagnac, Calvados,
Pisco, Grappa
2nd June 2017
Design & Packaging 2nd June 2017
A: Entrants reserve the right to withhold the results from being published. Entrants must contact us within seven days of receiving notification of your results.

Please contact:
Helen Heppell on +44 (0) 1293 590050 or email
A: The results will be published online at  and as well as printed in Drinks International Magazine.

Click here to see when results will be announced.
A: On request we can submit feedback from the judges notes.

Please contact:
Helen Heppell on +44 (0) 1293 590050 or email
A: Yes you can use electronic medal award artwork to showcase your success. You will be sent high resolution artwork and you can also purchase high quality stickers to help promote your products.

Medal artwork is valid for three years from date of issue.