New mixer categories added for 2016

Spirit news

Mon 14 Mar 2016

New Mixer Categories added for 2016

Following the huge success of the Gin & Tonic and Bloody Mary mixer awards, we have once again teamed up with Fever Tree Mixers to add two brand new categories to the competition – Best Vodka & Tonic, and Best Vodka & Mediterranean Tonic.

Open to all gin and vodka products which have been entered into the main competition, with a judging panel headed by Harvey Nichols’ wine & spirits buyer Ivan Dixon.

Full details of each category and entry conditions are available here on our website.

Last year’s competition saw German-based distillers Vodrock win the best Bloody Mary category with their high-quality wheat vodka, whilst the judges named Kyrö Distillery’s Napue Gin from Finland as the best partner to Gin & Fever Tree Tonic.

CEO of Kyrö Distillery, Miika Lipiäinen, said of the win:

"With our Napue Rye Gin winning the IWSC Gin & Tonic competition and our Koskue Cask-Aged Rye Gin winning Gold in the same series, we have seen a large jump in both domestic and international sales for our products. Although we knew we managed to develop great and tasty products, after 1 year of operation this was much more than we could hope for."

The deadline for all spirit entries including the mixer categories is May 16th, with results announced in July at the IWSC Spirits Tasting.