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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: 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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Nick Bell
Nick Bell

Company: Harvey Nicols

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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

Company: Claridges

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Dr Anne Brock
Dr Anne Brock

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

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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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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Daniel  Crowther
Daniel Crowther

Position: Director

Company: Hedonist Drinks

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