International Spirits Challenge 2015

Rewarding quality, celebrating excellence

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

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

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

APR 10 Scotch Whisky, World Whiskies

MAY06 Design & Packaging, Marketing

Tasting Awards

Tasting Awards

The ISC Tasting Awards winners are established through a rigorous judging process - a highly controlled operation held over seven days of intense blind tastings by panels of more than 50 respected and experienced industry professionals. Samples are delivered to the judging area in flights of numbered tasting glasses to ensure the accuracy of the blind tasting. Each judge will assess products according to their age, region and variety which is determined by the entrant and verified by the chairman. Each product is blind tasted and awarded a score for its aroma, appearance, taste and finish. Scores are collated and recorded by the category chairman before Trophy, Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals are awarded.

The ISC takes great care in ensuring that all products are blind tasted equally and fairly in the correct conditions set by the ISC rules. The chairman will monitor each product ensuring that all samples are consistent and authentic. This precise judging process is the basis of the reputation the ISC has established for rewarding quality and celebrating excellence.

Medal System
90 - 100 Trophy Outstanding product, exceptional quality
80 - 89.9 Gold Excellent product, superb standard
70 – 79.9 Silver Fine product, above average
60 – 69.9 Bronze Good product, meets the quality standard set by the ISC

Distiller Awards

Our Distiller Awards underline the producer's commitment to quality and innovation. Each of our producer of the year awards are scored on a weighted points system, based on the performance of brands entered by a company. The categories for 2015 are:

Gin Producer of the Year
Liqueurs Producer of the Year
Vodka Producer of the Year
Tequila Producer of the Year
Scotch Whisky Producer of the Year
World Whisky Producer of the Year
Brandy/ Cognac Producer of the Year
Rum Producer of the Year
Supermarket Own Branded Spirits Range of the Year

Supreme Champion Spirit

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

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.

rewarding quality, celebrating excellence