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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 every glass put in front of them methodically to ensure a fair and true result, tasting and discussing each entry alongside the rest of the panel. Our panels consist of experts and influencers from every sector of the drinks trade, from buyers, importers and distributors to the specialists making and serving the drinks. View our judges below.

Cristian Silenzi
Cristian Silenzi

Position: Head Mixologist

Company: Corinthia London

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Sukhinder Singh
Sukhinder Singh

Position: Director

Company: Speciality Drinks Ltd

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Aidy Smith
Aidy Smith

Position: TV Presenter, Drinks Columnist

Company: The Three Drinkers

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DavidT Smith
DavidT Smith

Position: Member of the Spirits Judging Committee

Company: Summer Fruit Cup

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Nate Sorby
Nate Sorby

Position: Consultant and Brand Ambasador

Company: Elementary Brand Consultancy

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Simone Spagnioli
Simone Spagnioli

Position: Groups Bar Manager

Company: Inception Group

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Fabio Spinetti
Fabio Spinetti

Position: Director of Bars

Company: Rocco Forte Hotels

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Jeremy Stephens
Jeremy Stephens

Company: Cotswolds Distillery

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Emma Stokes
Emma Stokes

Position: Spirits writer and judge

Company: Gin Monkey Ltd

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Rachel Sutherland
Rachel Sutherland

Position: Liquid & Innovation Manager

Company: Warners distillery

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Noel  Sweeney
Noel Sweeney

Position: Master Distiller

Company: Next Level Distillers

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Meme Toor
Meme Toor

Company: Meme Loves Gin

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Toshio Ueno
Toshio Ueno

Position: Executive Instructor & Vice-President

Company: Sake School of America

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Michael Vachon
Michael Vachon

Position: Co-Founder

Company: Maverick Drinks

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Leah van Deventer
Leah van Deventer

Position: Writer & Educator

Company: Leah Van Deventer

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Adamo Varbaro
Adamo Varbaro

Position: Events and Project Manager UKBG

Company: FastForward Bartending

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