About the awards
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.
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.
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.
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.
With subcategories including Jonge, Ould and Korenwijn. Must be produced according to EU regulation 110/2008.
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.
Gin that has been matured in or with wood, including barrels, chips or staves. Must be bottled at a minimum of 37.5% ABV.
Any gin bottled between 57% and 58% ABV.
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.
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.
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
This category applies to pack designs where the number produced was limited, such as for a special production, occasion or season.
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
Packaging for a new product launched after February 1, 20i6
This is a packaging design that carries through and unites a range or ‘family’ of different products from one producer or brand.
The judging processTASTE
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 international, 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.
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 £25.00 administration fee.Shipping deadline:
All samples need to be received by 15 October 2018
Shipping AddressesUnited States entries only
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Contact: Keith Zimmerman
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Phone: 843.225.2351All other countries
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For any enquiries regarding your shipments, please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org Anita Ujszaszi
Early Entry Rates - only until 30 August
| ||1 entry||2 entries||3 entries||4+ entries|
|Taste & Design||£238 + VAT each||£228 + VAT each||£218 + VAT each||£208 + VAT each|
|Design||£162 + VAT each||£157 + VAT each||£152 + VAT each||£147 + VAT each|
|Taste or Design||£162 + VAT each||£157 + VAT each||£152 + VAT each||£147 + VAT each|
|Taste & Design||€308 each||€298 each||€288 each||€278 each|
|Design||€207 each||€202 each||€197 each||€192 each|
|Taste or Design||€207 each||€202 each||€197 each||€192 each|
|Taste & Design||$400 each||$385 each||$370 each||$355 each|
|Design||$273 each||$263 each||$253 each||$243 each|
|Taste or Design||$273 each||$263 each||$253 each||$243 each|
|Taste & Design||$440 each||$425 each||$410 each||$395 each|
|Design||$310 each||$300 each||$290 each||$280 each|
|Taste or Design||$310 each||$300 each||$290 each||$280 each|
| ||1 entry||2 entries||3 entries||4+ entries|
|Taste & Design||£245 + VAT each||£235 + VAT each||£225 + VAT each||£215 + VAT each|
|Design||£167 + VAT each||£162 + VAT each||£157 + VAT each||£152 + VAT each|
|Taste or Design||£167 + VAT each||£162 + VAT each||£157 + VAT each||£152 + VAT each|
|Taste & Design||€315 each||€305 each||€295 each||€285 each|
|Design||€210 each||€205 each||€200 each||€195 each|
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|Taste & Design||$410 each||$395 each||$380 each||$365 each|
|Design||$280 each||$270 each||$260 each||$250 each|
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|Taste & Design||$460 each||$445 each||$430 each||$415 each|
|Design||$320 each||$310 each||$300 each||$290 each|
|Taste or Design||$320 each||$310 each||$300 each||$290 each|
Terms & conditions
All must be made online. 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.
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.