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MEET THE JUDGES

Recruited for their unrivalled expertise, the IWSC judges are at the heart of our awards

Our judges assess each wine or spirit methodically to ensure a fair and true result, tasting and discussing each entry alongside the rest of the panel. Our panels consist of a mix of wine and spirit experts, such as leading sommeliers and distillers, influencers from every sector of the drinks trade, buyers, importers and distributors. The IWSC also runs an Associate Judging Programme in partnership with the WSET and Plumpton College, offering new industry talent the opportunity to gain judging experience. View the judges from 2019 below.

Billy Abbott
Billy Abbott

Position: Panel Judge

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Jen Aspell
Jen Aspell

Company: Casa Agave

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Sly Augustin
Sly Augustin

Company: Trailer Happiness

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Tom Bartram
Tom Bartram

Company: Speciality Drinks

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Edward Bates
Edward Bates

Company: Consultant

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Stephen Beal
Stephen Beal

Position: Chair Judge and member of the Spirits Judging Committee

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Sam Boulton
Sam Boulton

Company: Vanguard bars

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Winifred  Bowman
Winifred Bowman

Position: Panel Judge

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Denis Broci
Denis Broci

Company: Claridges

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Dr Anne Brock
Dr Anne Brock

Position: Panel Judge

Company: Bombay Sapphire

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Rose Brookman
Rose Brookman

Company: The Mixing Class

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Ian Burrell
Ian Burrell

Position: Member of the Spirits Judging Committee

Company: UK RumFest

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Sam Carter
Sam Carter

Position: Spirits Judging Committee Member

Company: Bombay Sapphire Distillery

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John Cashman
John Cashman

Position: Panel Judge

Company: Beam Suntory

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Ian Chang
Ian Chang

Position: Panel Judge

Company: Kavalan

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Qiqi Chen
Qiqi Chen

Company: Cheng International

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Marie Cheong-Thong
Marie Cheong-Thong

Position: Member of the Spirits Judging Committee

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Lee Connor
Lee Connor

Company: The Scotch Whiskey Society

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Dawn Davies MW
Dawn Davies MW

Position: Panel Judge

Company: Speciality Drinks

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