The New York International Spirits Competition medals will be awarded on a merit basis by a majority vote.
The judges are instructed to grant no awards or medals when, in their opinion, the spirits are not ones they would import, distribute, buy or sell in their businesses based on product and price category.
Judges are asked to evaluate the spirits in silence until all panel members have finished their evaluation and then open a discussion to reach a consensus.
Judge votes are recorded by a NYISC staff moderator. If there is a significant difference among the judges’ votes, panelists are encouraged to reach a consensus and, if needed, seek counsel from the Head Judge Adam Levy.
Award levels are Double Gold, Gold, Silver, and Bronze.
- Double Gold: Phenomenal Product (Must Be Unanimous Decision by Panelists)
- Gold: Buyers “Love” It
- Silver: Buyers “Like” It
- Bronze: Buyers would purchase it
Double Gold award winners will be re-tasted by all panelists to establish which brands may be eligible to receive a ‘Best of Category’ endorsement in its pricing category
Winners receive a 2" physical medal and top winners are showcased at our tasting events around the world.
Mar 9,2020 12:00am - Mar 9,2020 11:59pm
917-338-0163 x 1
New York, NY
The 9th Annual New York International Spirits Competition is held in the heart of New York City.
All of our judges are top trade buyers who judge the spirits by its category and actual price.
Open to all commercially produced spirits from around the world. You do not have to be imported or sold in New York to submit.
If the judges are faced with an obviously flawed bottle of a product, no more than one additional bottle of the same entry will be opened and tasted.
The tasting order of entries is set in our database first by panel, then category. Large categories are randomly split by the database so that no panel is asked to taste more than 60 products in the same category.
Spirits are presented to judges in coded glasses. No bottles are visible to judges at any time until the competition is finished. Staff members are strictly forbidden from discussing any brand names, whether entered or not in the competition.
The decision of the judges is final and no changes are made to awards after the judging is complete. Judges receive a copy of the code sheets of the spirits they judged with awards noted, so they are able to compare our records with their notes from the judging.
SHIP TO Western Carriers
Attn Wine Vault / Joel Rubin / Acct 707
New York International Spirits Competition
2220 91st Street
North Bergen NJ 07047
Ship two (2) 750mL (or similar) bottles of each entry.
Clearly mark "Sample Material - Not for Resale - Glass Enclosed" on the outer carton(s).