Marks and Spencer's was delighted to be involved with the International Spirits Challenge this year. To have our products endorsed by this recognised competition reaffirms the hard work we have put in, to expand and diversify our range. By participating in these awards we have increased awareness of the quality of our spirits range both within the trade and also to consumers.
Emma Dawson, Wine & Spirits Buyer, Marks & Spencer Group plc
We are delighted to receive recognition from such a respected and independent industry body as the International Spirits Challenge. The quality of the panel means that this award is of great significance to us, and we are honoured to have received it for a third consecutive year, reflecting our commitment to our range, our products, our suppliers and to our customers...
Anne Jones Wines, Beers and Spirits Buying Team Waitrose Ltd
Quality is our No. 1 priority and we are delighted with the Sierra results from the ISC. Not only does this endorse our own views but it also provides an independent reference point for our customers and consumers which we can use beneficially in our Brand communications strategy...
Bill Oddy Managing Director of Sierra Tequila UK Distributor, The Drinks Company Ltd
The Whisky Exchange is delighted to have won the ISC's Independent Spirits Retailer of the Year– although we have been honoured with several awards in recent years we are particularly proud of this one as we were nominated and voted for independently by the industry rather than entering ourselves. To win this coveted title twice in three years is very special...
Tim Forbes The Whisky Exchange
Winning an ISC award for our whisky has great value because it's the only authentic "Spirits" competition. The judges are real specialists...
Kazuyuki Takayama, European Brand Manager, Suntory
KWV has participated in the International Spirits Challenge for many years, as our company believes that it offers an objective, credible and highly competitive platform by which KWV benchmarks its products, and is recognised for its quality...
Hymli Krige, Communications Director, KWV South Africa Ltd
We were very honoured to pick up two Trophies this year and received numerous new business references as a direct result, as well as congratulations from clients...
Kevin Shaw, Managing Director, Stranger & Stranger
I am proud to have worked with the International Spirits Challenge for many years, particularly when I am judging alongside the most dedicated "Master Blenders" of the World. Therefore I know that every spirit sample evaluated receives the highest scrutiny possible which not only reflects the success of the competition but more importantly benefits the consumer...
Richard Paterson, Master Blender, Whyte & Mackay Ltd
KWV's number one priority is quality and measuring ourselves against the best products and producers in the world. The ISC being one of the oldest competitions and most certainly the most independent competition there is, showcases a lot of products over the whole spirits portfolio. As a company we were proud to be honoured with the Best Brandy trophy in 2013 and this shows the dedication of our team to be the best when looking at our track record in previous years. The ISC will always be the competition to track the best quality brands...
Lourens Stander, Manager: Blending and Distillation, KWV South Africa
Gin & Genever, Liqueurs
Vodka, White Spirits, Tequila & Mezcal, Anise Spirits
Rum, Cachaça, Brandy & Cognac, Armagnac, Calvados, Pisco, Grappa
Scotch Whisky, World Whiskies
Design & Packaging, Marketing
Why enter the International Spirits Challenge 2014?
The International Spirits Challenge is home to some of the finest palates in the world. Each of our judges must have demonstrated their skill and knowledge in spirits before joining a specialist panel. Our judges are truly international and representative of the industry: they consist of the most respected leaders in the business and include master blenders, master distillers, importers, distributors, buyers, consultants, journalists, authors and independent experts.
Benefits of Entering
The ISC medal is an internationally recognised symbol of quality. Winning an ISC medal is an outstanding achievement and underlines a producer's commitment to quality and innovation through the spirit, design and marketing. The International Spirits Challenge is committed to helping brands promote their competition success and offers continuous support for winners including the following:
- Exclusive results editorials in Drinks International magazine plus the annual full results brochure
- Results exposure on the ISC website
- Free high resolution artwork of medals is available to all winners for point of sale materials and promotions
- Feedback for all medallists: tasting notes and judges' notes are supplied to entrants to help support their medal success
- Showcase tastings, product placements at the ISC Awards Dinner and exhibitions
- Promotion through awards presentation at the ISC Awards Dinner
- ISC brand profile at key international trade shows
- Retail promotions
The ISC Promise
All Trophy and Gold winners will be guaranteed to receive tasting notes, judges' comments, high resolution medal artwork and coverage on the ISC website and a free product placement at the ISC awards dinner, plus discounted table sales.
rewarding quality, celebrating excellence
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