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About the awards

Closed for Entries 2018

Shipping deadline 20 October.

The World Gin Awards are the global awards selecting the very best in all internationally recognized styles of gin. Presented by TheDrinksReport.com, the world’s no.1 online resource for drinks professionals, the World Gin Awards select, reward and promote the world’s best gins to consumers and trade across the globe.

Taste categories

Contemporary Style Gin
Gins with flavour profiles where juniper is still discernible, but other flavours such as citrus, spice and floral notes are more prominent than in a traditional gin. Contemporary Gin is a catch-all term for gins described as “New-Wave”, "New Western”, “New American Dry”, etc.. Must be bottled at a minimum of 37.5% ABV.
London Dry Gin
Juniper-forward, traditional-style gins made using the London Gin production technique: all flavours distilled, with only water and neutral spirit to be added after distillation. Must be bottled at a minimum of 37.5% ABV.
Classic Gin
Classic Gin should have a clean base spirit with a neutral flavour, which allows the distilled flavours of the botanicals to come through. The gin is juniper-forward and other common botanicals include angelica root, coriander seed, orris root, and citrus peel.
Compound Gin
Matured Gin
Gin that has been matured in or with wood, including barrels, chips or staves. Must be bottled at a minimum of 37.5% ABV.
Flavoured Gin
Gin that has been flavoured with fruit or another botanicals, typically via infusion or maceration, and may be sweetened. Must be bottled at a minimum of 37.5% ABV.
Navy Gin
Any gin bottled between 57% and 58% ABV.
Old Tom Gin
Gin produced to replicate the historical style of Old Tom; either botanically intense, sugar-sweetened or botanically sweetened. Must be bottled at a minimum of 37.5% ABV.
Genever
With subcategories including Jonge, Ould and Korenwijn. Must be produced according to EU regulation 110/2008.

Design categories

1 |Label design
This includes all aspects of on-bottle brand/product communication, including the application of any direct printing onto bottle, capsule or closure, as well as paper and film labels and sleeves. The pack will be judged on the overall design and quality of materials, print, decoration and application.
2 |Presentation
This applies to the secondary, outer, presentation packaging, such as cartons, boxes, cases, plinths, chests etc. The presentation will be judged on the overall effect with the bottle in place.
3 |Travel retail exclusive
Packaging created specifically for sale in the duty-free / travel retail market
4 |Limited edition
This category applies to pack designs where the number produced was limited, such as for a special production, occasion or season.
5 |Redesign / relaunch
This category refers to a new or refreshed packaging design created for an existing product and introduced to the market after February 1, 20i6. A picture or sample of the previous packaging must be supplied along with a description of what changes have been made and why
6 |New launch
Packaging for a new product launched after February 1, 20i6
7 |Brand design
This is a packaging design that carries through and unites a range or ‘family’ of different products from one producer or brand.

The judging process

TASTE

The taste judging is held in three rounds.

Round 1
Each gin is tasted in its relevant style to identify and select the style winners . Judges making up the World Gin Awards panel include leading journalists, specialist drinks retailers and industry experts.

Rounds 2
Style winners are tasted against each other to identify the ‘Best’ gin in each category.

Round 3
The ‘Best’ gin in each category are then tasted against each other one last time to select the World’s Best Gin. Judges at this stage include those in Round 1 and 2 to whom are added a panel of leading distillers and experts from the gin industry.

DESIGN
All DESIGN judging is conducted by a panel of leading international design experts.

Shipping

Please send 3 bottles. If you have entered only in design, please only send 2 bottles.

We are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with Procurus to provide a door to door shipping service exclusively for World Gin Awards entrants.

You only have to enter and pack, they will do the rest. Have you registered your entries already? Login to your account to book your shipment now.

If you wish to ship your entries yourself, please send them to the address supplied in your account. If you are shipping your entries yourself, please ensure that all customs, clearance and any associated costs have been paid. If these are not paid, World Gin Awards can either not accept the entries or will have to invoice any costs occurred, including a £10.00 administration fee.

The address is as follows:

World Gin Awards
c/o Procurus Ltd
Cliff Road Industrial Est
Cliff Road
Ipswich
IP3 0AY
United Kingdom

United States entries only
Shipping deadline: All samples need to be received by 15 October 2017

World Gin Awards
c/o Procurus
Robinson Terminal
7201 Wimsatt Road
Springfield, VA 22151
USA

Phone:+1 571 351 7034

For any enquiries regarding your shipments, please contact Anita Ujszaszi.

Rates

Entry fees

 1 entry2 entries3 entries4+ entries
Sterling
Taste & Design£245 + VAT each£235 + VAT each£225 + VAT each£215 + VAT each
Design£165 + VAT each£160 + VAT each£155 + VAT each£150 + VAT each
Taste or Design£165 + VAT each£160 + VAT each£155 + VAT each£150 + VAT each
Euro
Taste & Design€305 each€295 each€285 each€275 each
Design€205 + VAT each€200 + VAT each€195 + VAT each€190 + VAT each
Taste or Design€205 each€200 each€195 each€190 + VAT each
USD
Taste & Design$395 each$380 each$365 each$350 each
Design$270 + VAT each$260 + VAT each$250 + VAT each$240 + VAT each
Taste or Design$270 each$260 each$250 each$240 each
Canadian Dollar
Taste & Design$430 each$415 each$400 each
Design$305 + VAT each$295 + VAT each$285 + VAT each$275 + VAT each
Taste or Design$305 each$295 each$285 each$275 each

Terms & conditions

  • All entry forms and products must be sent by prepaid post and be received by the closing date listed.
  • Entries are only accepted on a completed online entry form with the appropriate entry fee.
  • Any entry form which arrives incomplete, late or illegible and any product which is late or damaged may be deemed invalid.
  • If an entry is withdrawn by the due date or disqualified, the entry fee will be returned subject to an administration charge of 50% of the entry fee. Products will be retained by the Organiser.
  • If you are shipping your entries yourself, please ensure that all customs, clearance and any associated costs have been paid. If these are not paid, the World Gin Awards can either not accept the entries or will have to invoice any costs occurred, including a £10.00 administration fee.
  • The judges’ decision on all matters is final.
  • The Organisers may, at their discretion, refuse to accept an entry.
  • The Organisers may alter the closing date for the awards, place an entry in the most appropriate style, rule that an entry may not compete or is ineligible to compete, or alter the date, time or place on or at which the awards are scheduled to take place.
  • The Chair of Judges has the power to disqualify any entry not deemed as meeting the entry criteria.
  • These rules are governed by the laws of the UK.
  • Please note: bottles will not be returned.
  • Our policy on unreturned bottles is as follows:
  • Opened bottles may be poured at trade and consumer events to promote the individual brand
  • Closed bottles may be distributed to individual charities on a case by basis, or presented for auction, all proceeds going to charity.

    FAQs

    Q: How many bottles should I send?
    A: If entered for taste or taste & design, please send 3 bottles. If entered only in design, please send 2 only.