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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.

Billy Abbott
Billy Abbott

Position: Whisky Ambassador

Company: The Whisky Exchange

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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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Georgie Bell
Georgie Bell

Position: Global Head of Advocacy

Company: Bacardi

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Nick Bell
Nick Bell

Position: Senior Spirits and Beer Buyer

Company: Harvey Nicols

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Jim Beveridge
Jim Beveridge

Position: Scotch Whisky Consultant

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Tim Blake
Tim Blake

Company: Crossip Drinks

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Sam Boulton
Sam Boulton

Company: Vanguard bars

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Denis Broci
Denis Broci

Position: Director of Bars

Company: Claridges

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Dr Anne Brock
Dr Anne Brock

Company: Bombay Sapphire

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Rose Brookman
Rose Brookman

Position: Lecturer & Course Coordinator

Company: The Mixing Class

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Nate Brown
Nate Brown

Position: Creative Director

Company: Socap Group

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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: Senior Bombay Sapphire Brand Ambassador

Company: Bombay Sapphire Distillery

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John Cashman
John Cashman

Company: Beam Suntory

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Qiqi Chen
Qiqi Chen

Company: Cheng International

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