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The Scoring System

“Double-blind” judging process

Strict procedures, following the London-based IWSC established guidelines, to ensure quality and consistency of result

Samples are arranged and tasted by category and presented to judges in flights of tasting glasses - the bottles are never seen by judges. The judges are provided with a score sheet and the basic parameters of the class (with reference to the categories entered) under assessment. Samples are tasted and scored with 100-point system individually by judges, with scores collected and recorded by the panel chair who may open scores for final discussions within the panel.

Judges are prohibited from entering the preparation area before or during judging sessions. All results remain confidential until officially released.

 

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Trophy

The Top Scorers are re-tasted to determine 'Best in class' Quality of the highest order/

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Gold

Score of 90+

An excellent wine / spirit with great personality. An example that stands out among its peers.

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Silver

Score of 80+

An accomplished wine/spirit with considerable personality, character and complexity. A classic example of its style or variety.

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Bronze

Score of 75+

A perfectly well-made wine/spirit which provides an enjoyable drinking experience.

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Green

All Trophy and Gold winner certified sustainable / biodynamic / organic by official certification governing body.

 

 

Categories

Fortified Liqueur Wine

Madeira
Port
Sherry
Vermouth & Other Aromatised Wines (red, white, rose)
Worldwide Fortified Wine /Vin De Liqueur

Vintage/NonVintage Wines

Dry
Medium
Sweet
Botrytis
Eiswein/Icewine

Low/No Alcohol
Organic/Biodynamic

Bag-in-Box
Confectionary Flavoured
Fruit Flavoured
Other Flavoured

Sparkling Wine

Champagne (white, rosé)
Cava
Prosecco
Bottle Fermented Sparkling Wines (red, white, rosé)
Lightly Sparkling /Perlé
Tank Fermented Sparkling Wines (red, white, rosé)

Spirit

Absinthe
Aquavit
Armagnac
Asian Spirits
Bitters
Calvados
Cocktail
Cognac
Distilled Non-Alcoholic Spirits
Fruit Spirits (Distilled)
Gin
Grain Spirits
Grape Brandy
Liqueurs
Pisco
Rum
Shochu/Soju
Tequila/Mezcal
Vodka
Whiskey - Irish
Whiskey - USA
Whiskies - Worldwide
Whisky - Scotch
Miscellaneous Spirits

Beer

Pale Ale
IPA
Wheat
Pale Lager
Porter/Stout
Sour
Specialty

 

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