WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Throughout judging, each of our experts will individually score every spirit they sample. This means after we’ve announced our results, we can share the spirits our judges rate the highest. Discover the top picks spirits of some members of our expert judging panel….
Having worked in kitchens and bars across the world, Keli took up the post of Sipsmith‘s US brand ambassador in 2018 and has since been working hard to help this renowned British gin gain momentum in the US. Discover her top picks here.
Guy is Spirits Buyer for luxury fine wine and spirits merchant Bordeaux Index which he joined in 2021 after four years at Master of Malt. An avid whisky lover as well as a big cricket fan, discover his top picks here.
Veronika Karlova is a Slovakian vodka expert based in the UK. With an extensive knowledge of the global vodka market, Veronika is the UK Brand Ambassador for Beluga Vodka. Discover her top picks here.
Billy is a writer and educator specialising in whisky and fine spirits. Formerly a computer programmer in the finance industry, in 2011 he swapped code for actual words, rapidly becoming one of most respected voices in whisky. Discover his top picks here.
Barry has judged with the IWSC for over 10 years and specialises in agave and Asian spirits including Shochu. He has many strings to his bow, including as a Restaurateur, Food & Beverage Development Consultant, business owner and a restaurant and bar start up specialist. Discover his top picks here.
Anne has worked in the wine and spirits industry since 2008, when she moved into the buying team at Waitrose. She has covered all categories, and has visited, studied and enjoyed extensively - most recently with focus on rum, gin, alcohol-free and baijiu. Discover her top picks here.
How our judges taste
Each spirit is judged with the whole panel in sync, allowing for group discussions. A medal is awarded based on consensus across the panel, and for any Gold or Gold Outstanding medals awarded, our spirits judging committee member will re-taste these spirits for a final endorsement.
Throughout judging, each of our experts will individually score every spirit they sample. This means after we’ve announced our results, we can share the spirits our judges rate the highest. Discover the Top 8 spirits of some members of our expert judging panel….