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

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

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

Entry Deadlines

JAN 16 Gin & Genever, Liqueurs

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

MAR 13 Rum, Cachaça, Brandy & Cognac, Armagnac, Calvados, Pisco, Grappa

APR 10 Scotch Whisky, World Whiskies

MAY06 Design & Packaging, Marketing

Special Awards

Special Awards

Tasting Awards

Excellence in Craftsmanship

Based on a scoring system, this award celebrates the spirit portfolio of smaller drinks companies whose brands have put in an exceptional performance in the Challenge.

Distiller of the Year

Designed to show consistent excellence and quality across large spirit portfolios, the Distiller of the Year award is scored on a weighted points system based on the performance of all brands entered by a company.

Supreme Champion Spirit

For this award, all the Trophy winners are re-tasted blind by the category chairmen. The Supreme Champion Spirit is awarded to the highest scoring Trophy winner of the competition.

Special Awards

Outstanding Contribution

This award celebrates the work and commitment of an individual who has made a significant impact on the drinks industry. The ISC chairmen vote for each year’s winner.

Design & Packaging Awards

Best Design & Packaging for Travel Retail

Awarded to the best design that captures the essence of this luxury retail sector through elegant design and positioning of the premium product.

Best Design & Packaging for the On-trade

This award recognises the best creativity, innovation and design functionality of a spirit brand positioned in the on trade sector.

Most Innovative Graphic Design

This award celebrates the best graphic design that successfully communicates the identity and key messages of a spirit brand.

Most Innovative Pack Format

Awarded to the best pack format that demonstrates excellence through its design and presentation.

Retailer Awards

UK Multiple Spirits Retailer of the Year

This award recognises leading UK retailers for their impressive in store promotions, sampling, consumer education and campaigns that increase the sales of spirits in the off trade. Nominations are submitted by drinks producers to the ISC committee before final assessment.

UK Independent Spirits Retailer of the Year

Awarded to an independent UK retailer for its commitment and excellence in spirits retailing. Nominations are submitted by drinks producers to the ISC committee before the winner is selected.

International Spirits Retailer of the Year

This award is in search of a leading international retailer that has led the way in spirits retailing through commitment, innovation and responsibility. Nominations are submitted by drinks producers to the ISC committee before final assessment.

rewarding quality and celebrating excellence.