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Tastings International Review of Spirits

America’s Oldest and Most Influential Spirits Competition

The Tastings International Review of Spirits Competition is the most authoritative, most consistent, and most influential annual spirits review in the United States for the last 20 years. And despite the claims of some other "weekender" spirits events, our spirits competition was the first comprehensive, annual international spirits judging ever held in the United States. Throughout the year, Tastings-Beverage Testing Institute invites select members of the trade to join them as panelists in blind tastings of specific categories of spirits. Spirits producers and importers, large and small, from around the world and across the country participate in our ongoing spirits competition because they know that BTI conducts the most objective, consistent, and widely respected spirits reviews in America. Millions of consumers use spirits reviews on Tastings.com and elsewhere when making their spirits buying decisions. Retailers and distributors across the US closely watch our reviews when looking for products to carry.

Unlike standard spirits competitions, spirits producers and marketers get valuable and effective marketing tools by participating in BTI’s industry-leading spirits reviews:

  • 100-point scale ratings and consumer-oriented tasting notes for point-of-sale materials
  • Three-year publication of reviews on Tastings.com, the highest trafficked spirits review site on the Internet*
  • Annual press releases for top scoring products
  • Ability to feature product labels next to reviews on Tastings.com**
  • Ability to order shelf-talkers and logos for POS and campaigns**
  • Platinum, gold, silver, or bronze medal award certificates suitable for framing
  • Links to reviews on Tastings.com for Facebook and Twitter posts
  • Top Spirits, Distillery of the Year, and Spirit of the Year awards
  • Occasional features in national TV, radio, and print media

All products will be tasted blind by a panel consisting of trained BTI staff and talented guest panelists from the spirits world. BTI uses a proprietary tasting methodology that assures accurate, repeatable results. Each product will receive a score based on a 100-point scale and a tasting note. Based on the scores from the current session, platinum, gold, silver, and bronze medalists will be declared for each category. We look forward to another year of discovering the best tasting spirits available and invite spirits producers, importers and marketers to participate in the most important spirits event in America.

Please note that this competition is only for commercially available spirits from licensed distilleries.

All spirit brands entered MUST be available for purchase, either in the US or in their country of origin, at the time of entry.

Entries that do not meet these criteria will be disqualified from the competition without refund.

Click HERE to download an International Review of Spirits Registration Form

(You must download the writable PDF form in order to save your changes, filling out in your browser will not save them)



ALL results are released and posted on Tastings.com sixty (60) days after each deadline.

Click HERE to download an annual International Review of Spirits Calendar

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* About Tastings.com:  Tastings.com is the highest ranked website for spirits reviews with a 6 out of 10 page rank by Google. Our users appreciate the advertisement-free nature of our site and visit again and again. Try Googling "rum", "vodka", or "gin" to see for yourself.

Questions? Contact Jaclyn Beazley at 773-930-4080 x13, jaclyn@tastings.com

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