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The World Gin Awards 2022 is now open for entries

Deadline Extended - Final Deadline: 8 October 2021
Shipping Deadline 15 October

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 gin 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

    Icons of Gin

    Welcome to the Icons of Gin

    NEW for 2022

    We are delighted to say that the Icons of Gin are now open for entries and introduce our new online entry system. You can simply make your applications through your customer profile.

    The Icons of Gin Awards are a celebration of the years of hard work that go into every bottle. From the distillers themselves and brand ambassadors, to visitor centre managers, bars, bar tenders and the industry’s communicators – a great deal of craftsmanship, skill and knowledge are imparted at each stage of the process. This is our way of saying thank you to the individuals and producers for their dedication to each innovative release, visitor experience or expert retail service, delivered in a tireless fashion.

    A list of rates, categories and definitions can be found here

    Entry Deadline for Online Applications - 1 October 2021

    Taste categories

    Classic Gin
    Classic Gin should have a clean base spirit with a neutral flavour that 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. It must be bottled at a minimum of 37.5% ABV.
    Compound Gin
    A gin where the principal gin botanical flavours, including juniper, are imparted through maceration and not through distillation. It must be bottled at a minimum of 37.5% ABV.
    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 Classic Gin. Contemporary Gin is a catch-all term for gins described as “New-Wave”, "New Western”, “New American Dry”, etc.. It 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. It must be bottled at a minimum of 37.5% ABV. This category includes flavoured versions of gins from other categories, e.g. Navy or Old Tom.
    Subcategories of Genever include: Jonge, Ould and Korenwijn. It 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 must be imparted via distillation, with only water and neutral spirit to be added after distillation. The gin must be bottled at a minimum of 37.5% ABV.
    Matured Gin
    Gin that has been matured in or with wood, including the use of: barrels, chips, or staves. Must be bottled at a minimum of 37.5% ABV.
    Navy Gin
    Any gin bottled with a minimum ABV of 57%. Can include overproof
    Old Tom Gin
    Gin produced to replicate the historical style of Old Tom, whether that be botanically intense, sugar-sweetened, or botanically sweetened. Must be bottled at a minimum of 37.5% ABV.
    Signature Botanical
    Distilled gins that focus on a particular botanical or flavour and prominently state this on their label. Flavoured exclusively through distillation, these spirits still have juniper as a key focus, but have an additional focus on the signature component.
    Sloe Gin
    A gin-based liqueur flavoured with blackthorn/sloe berries.

    Design categories

    Bottle Design
    The overall design of the glass or PET bottle: shape, colour, functionality and any embossing, decorative finishes, coatings or direct printed elements as well as visual appeal.
    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.
    Limited edition
    This category applies to pack designs where the number produced was limited, such as for a special production, occasion or season.
    New launch
    Packaging for a new product launched after February 1, 2019.
    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.
    Range design
    This is a packaging design that carries through and unites a range or ‘family’ of different products from one producer or brand.
    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, 2019. A picture or sample of the previous packaging must be supplied along with a description of what changes have been made and why
    Travel retail exclusive
    Packaging created specifically for sale in the duty-free / travel retail market

    The judging process


    All winners will be announced on 24 February 2022

    The taste judging is held in two 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.

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


    For any enquiries regarding your shipments, please contact Anita Ujszaszi


    Entry fees

    Note: price is for each entry
     1 entry2 entries3 entries4+ entries
    Taste & Design£245 + VAT£235 + VAT£225 + VAT£215 + VAT
    Design£169 + VAT£164 + VAT£159 + VAT£154 + VAT
    Taste or Design£169 + VAT£164 + VAT£159 + VAT£154 + VAT
    Taste & Design€315€305€295€285
    Taste or Design€210€205€200€195
    Taste & Design$410$395$380$365
    Taste or Design$280$270$260$250
    Canadian Dollar
    Taste & Design$460$445$430$415
    Taste or Design$320$310$300$290

    Terms & conditions

  • Products must be sent by prepaid post and be received by the Shipping Date listed.
  • Entries are only accepted on a completed online entry form with the appropriate entry fee.
  • 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 made available for collection at the entrant’s expense or retained by the Organiser if not collected within eight weeks of the Due Date. Due Date is the entry deadline.
  • If an entry is withdrawn after the Due Date, no refunds will be given. This includes entries for which product has not been received.
  • Payment in full is required before judging commences.
  • Substitutions of entries is possible, but needs to be communicated to the World Drinks Awards prior to the Due Date.
  • If you are shipping your entries yourself, please ensure that all customs, clearance and any associated costs have been paid in advance. If these costs are not paid, the World Drinks Awards will invoice any costs occurred, including a £25.00 administration fee. If these costs remain unpaid, the World Drinks Awards are unable to accept the entries.
  • 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 are unable to be returned. Our policy on unreturned bottles is as follows:
    o Opened bottles may be poured at trade and consumer events to promote the individual brand, or included in a charity bottling, the proceeds of which are distributed to charity.
    o Closed bottles may be distributed to individual charities on a case by basis, or presented for auction, all proceeds of which are distributed to charity.
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