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About the awards

Extended Deadlines

Entries 19 October 2018 – all entries need to be registered and payment requested
Shipping 26 October 2018 – all entries should be received in the relevant delivery locations

The World Gin Awards are the global awards selecting the very best in all internationally recognized styles of gin. Presented by, 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.

Every entrant receives…
  • A personalized World Gin Awards tasting note
  • Invitation to the World Gin Awards final round tasting in London

    Winners receive…
  • Extensive coverage on
  • High resolution logos
  • International, regional and national coverage targeting beer consumers and trade buyers
  • Boxed set: inclusion in the World Gin Awards boxed set, featuring the winners
  • Point of sale materials including: stickers and collarets with your award in corporate collars
  • All country and world winners are featured in the annual Best Spirits publication

    Medals, Certificates and Trophies receive…
  • Medal, certificate and logo pack
  • Country certificate and logo pack
  • World Style certificate and logo pack
  • World’s Best Trophies, certificate and logo pack

    Taste categories

    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
    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.
    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.
    With subcategories including Jonge, Ould and Korenwijn. Must be produced according to EU regulation 110/2008.
    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.
    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.
    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.

    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


    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.

    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 26 October 2018

    Shipping Addresses

    North American Freight
    7385 Bren Road, Unit 1
    Mississauga, ON
    L4T 1H3

    Contact: Matt Beavis
    Phone: +1 905 565 5755
    United States entries only

    Procurus USA, Inc.
    1007a Trident St.
    Hanahan SC 29410

    Contact: Keith Zimmerman
    Phone: 843.225.2351

    All other countries

    c/o Procurus Ltd
    Cliff Road Industrial Estate
    Cliff Road
    IP3 0AY

    Contact: Heidi Seaman
    Phone: +44 (0)1394 799 024

    For any enquiries regarding your shipments, please contact Anita Ujszaszi


    Entry fees

     1 entry2 entries3 entries4+ 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
    Taste or Design€210 each€205 each€200 each€195 each
    Taste & Design$410 each$395 each$380 each$365 each
    Design$280 each$270 each$260 each$250 each
    Taste or Design$280 each$270 each$260 each$250 each
    Canadian Dollar
    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.
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