Competition FAQ

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Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about registering for ADI’s International Spirits Competition. If you have any questions not covered in this section please email our Competition Director Eric Zandona:


What is the calendar for the 2023 ADI International Spirits Competition?

DeadlineLast Day for Early Bird RegistrationFebruary 3, 2023
DeadlineTo apply for COLA Waiver for International SpiritsFebruary 3, 2023
DeadlineSpirits RegistrationMarch 3, 2023
DeadlineTo Receive SpiritsMarch 9, 2023
MilestoneEnd of the CompetitionApril 5, 2023
MilestoneAnnouncement of AwardsMay 17, 2023
MilestoneBest in Class Ceremony at ADI 2023 Las VegasAugust 24, 2023

I’m not a member of ADI can I enter our spirits into the competition?

Yes. ADI accepts all commercial spirits from distiller, importers, brand agencies etc. regardless of their membership status. Members of ADI and certain Affiliate Associations receive a discount each entry.

I used the password reset tool but why haven’t I received an email?

If you have requested a password reset and not received an automated response email, please contact our Competition Director Eric Zandona:

How should I package my spirits?

ADI & Preiss Imports highly recommends shipping bottles in foam, pulp, or corrugated bottle shippers, or using inflatable bottle bags. See Uline, Polar Tech, Spirited Shipper, and Inflatable Packaging for examples.

Boxes must not exceed 40lbs (18kg)

Box dimensions not to exceed 36”L x 24” W x 24”H (91.44cm x 60.96cm x 60.96cm)

All bottles must be packaged in such a way that they will absolutely not break.

All boxes must have the ADI Shipping Label

What is my TTB ID#?

This is a unique 14-digit number for each approved COLA. It can be found through the TTBs Public COLA Registry or in Box 1 of your printed COLA. If you do not have a COLA enter 0000.

TTB Class-Type Number Printed COLA

What’s your cancellation or refund policy?

All registrations are final. Refunds are only available if bottles do not arrive due to circumstances outside of the entrant’s control such as carrier refusal, return, complete breakage etc. Refunds are not available for failure to ship or if bottles arrive after the competition. In these circumstances bottles and fees will be held and carried over to the next competition.

Where do I download….?

Submission Guidelines   –   Registration Checklist    –    ADI Shipping Label   –   COLA Waiver   –   Sample Int. Invoice  –  Competition Protocols