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.
|90 - 100||Outstanding product, exceptional quality|
|80 - 89.9||Excellent product, superb standard|
|70 – 79.9||Fine product, above average|
|60 – 69.9||Good product, meets the quality standard set by the ISC|
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