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 Judging of Craft Spirits

Who Can Enter?

ADI accepts US and International entries in all classes and categories of distilled spirits, RTDs, cocktail bitters, aperitif & fortified wines from small and medium-scale producers (maximum annual sales of 750,000 proof gallons).

What do I get for entering?

Double-gold, gold, silver, and bronze medals will be awarded with certificates for spirits judged worthy of recognition. All entrants will receive written feedback with comments from the spirit judges. All entrants will also be considered for our Packaging Awards and be evaluated to see if they if they meet the standards for ADI’s Certification of Craft Spirits at no additional cost or paperwork. Award winners will receive a physical awards as well as a digital renderings of all applicable medals, awards and certifications. Judges reserve the right to not award medals when, in their opinion, no spirits in that category merit an award. Medals and Packaging Awards will be announced at the American Distilling Institute’s Annual Conference & Vendor Expo, March 18-21, 2019 in Denver, CO.

Deadlines

Deadline for International Spirits Registration: November 30, 2018
Deadline for US Spirits Registration: December 14, 2018
Deadline for Receiving Entries: December 20, 2018

Entry Fees:

Early Bird Registration
Up through November 18, 2018

ADI Members
$200 per spirit for US entries
$250 per spirit for international entries
Bulk discount for members who enter more than 10 spirits

Non-Members
$300 per spirit for US entries
$350 per spirit for international entries

Standard Registration
Begins November 19, 2018

ADI Members
$250 per spirit for US entries
$300 per spirit for international entries
Bulk discount for members who enter more than 10 spirits

Non-Members
$350 per spirit for US entries
$400 per spirit for international entries

Discount for Affiliate Associations

Members of the following Affiliate Associations:
The Gin Guild
British Distillers Alliance
BC Craft Distilling Association

Ontario Distillers Association

Australian Distillers Association

 Verband der Deutschen Whiskybrenner
Southern African Craft Distilling Institute
Bureau National Interprofessionnel de l’Armagnac
may enter their spirits at the ADI Member price even if they are not current members of ADI.

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Spirits Classes & Categories

Spirits should be entered in the class and category in which the registrant intends it to be judges. While ADI reserves to right to reclassify a spirit it will only do so if there is a compelling reason. Spirits incorrectly classified during registration may receive lower marks. The prospective categories for entry are:

Whiskey
White Whiskey
Blended Whiskey (includes blended bourbon, blended straight whiskeys etc.)
Bourbon
Corn Whiskey
Malt Whiskey
American Single Malt Whiskey
Rye Whiskey
Wheat Whiskey
Flavored Whiskey
Hopped Whiskey
Non-typical Whiskey (mixed/other grains)
Smoked Whiskey
Irish Blended Whiskey^
Irish Grain Whiskey^
Irish Single Malt Whiskey^
Irish Single Pot-Still Whiskey^
Blended Scotch^
Scotch Grain Whisky^
Single Malt Scotch^

Rum/Cachaça
Pot Still Rum
Column Still Rum
Pot-Column Blended Rum
Flavored Rum
Navy-Style Rum
Overproof Rum
Spiced Rum
AOC Martinique Rhum Agricole^
Pot Still Cachaça^
Column Still Cachaça^
Pot-Column Blended Cachaça^
Sweet Cachaça^

Liqueur
Citrus Liqueur
Coffee Liqueur
Cream Liqueur
Fruit Liqueur
Herbal/Botanical/Spiced Liqueur
Nut Liqueur
Other Liqueur

Agave
Aged Agave Spirits
Unaged Agave Spirit
Flavored Agave Spirit
Mezcal^ (Blanco, Reposado, Anejo etc.)
Artisanal Mezcal^ (Blanco, Reposado, Anejo etc.)
Ancestral Mezcal^ (Blanco, Reposado, Anejo etc.)
Mixto Tequila^ (Blanco, Reposado, Anejo etc.)
100% Agave Tequila^ (Blanco, Reposado, Anejo etc.)

Vodka
Vodka (unflavored)
Starka/Aged Vodka
Botanical Vodka
Flavored vodka

Gin
Aged Gin
Classic Gin
Contemporary Gin (including New Western and American Dry)
Compound Gin
Cordial Gin
Genever
Navy-Strength Gin
Old Tom Gin
Signature Botanical Gin
Flavored Gin

Brandy
Apple Brandy
Applejack
Pear Eau de Vie
Eau de Vie Other Fruit
Aged Fruit Brandy (Other than grape or apple)
Grappa/Pomace/Marc Brandy
Unaged Grape Brandy
Aged Grape Brandy
Armagnac^
Calvados^
Cognac^
Pisco Chileno^
Pisco Perú^

Specialty
Absinthe
Aquavit
Bier Schnapps
Soju
Shochu
Aged Moonshine
Flavored Moonshine
Moonshine
Sugarshine
Aperitif Wine
Fortified Wine
Ready-to-Drink Cocktails
Non-potable Bitters
Other Specialty Spirits

^Must comply with US, EU or other relevant international regulation.

Moonshine will loosely be defined as spirits marketed as moonshine. ADI will accept spirits distilled from sugar or grain (or hybrids of either) that the TTB has designated as Distilled Spirits Specialty. Also, any clear whiskey or whiskey, on which the words moon or shine, or which contains clear references toward moonshine on the label, will be allowed in this category provided it is designated at the time of registration. If and international distillery so chooses, they may submit a grain spirit to be judged as a whiskey, as defined in the US Standards of Identity, even if the spirit cannot be labeled whiskey in its country of origin. However, ADI will not judge international grain spirits as a bourbon or Tennessee whisky.

Information needed for Registration

This is a list of information that might be helpful to collect before beginning the online registration. This is not an exhaustive list but covers some of the basic. If you are not sure where to find some of this information, check our online FAQ. Download a copy of this list here: Registration Check List

  • Login info: If you are a member of ADI you will need to login to the Judging registration page using the master account for company, not an employee account. If you do not remember the username or password of your master account, click here for instructions.
  • DSP#: DSP followed by State abbreviation and a number i.e. DSP-ST-12345. For bitters and vermouth producers who do not have a DSP or for International distillers, you will enter 0000.
  • Spirit Brand Name: What is the name of your spirit as you would like it to appear in print. This is not the legal fanciful name. ex. Colkegan Single Malt Whiskey.
  • 14-digit TTB ID#: This is a unique 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 you will enter 0000.
  • 3-digit TTB Class/Type#: These three digit numbers correspond to the class and type of spirit. 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 you will enter 0000.
  • Production Statement: You will need the production statement as it is listed on you TTB approved label (e.g. distilled, produced, bottled etc.) If you do not have a COLA pick the statement the best applies.
  • Spirit ABV: What is the percentage of alcohol per unit of volume? Please do not list proof.

 

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SUBMISSION TERMS & CONDITIONS

Please review the terms & conditions as some have changed from last year.

For All Spirits Entered:

  • Samples must be received at Preiss Imports by Thursday, December 20, 2018.
  • All spirits must have received a COLA or a COLA waiver by January 21, 2019 or they will be disqualified from receiving any awards and will be ineligible for a refund.
  • You agree to follow all of the applicable shipping instructions.
  • Products not properly packed or arriving with broken content will be charged a $25 repacking fee per case.
  • Boxes without all required information (ADI shipping label, COLA waivers etc.) in an external shipping pouch will need to be opened and charged a $20 repacking fee per case.
  • All samples submitted for judging will be considered property of ADI. ADI Reserves the right to photograph and publish photographs of all entries.
  • DO NOT USE ANY PACKING PEANUTS OR SHREDDED MATERIAL WHEN PACKAGING YOUR BOTTLES. EACH BOX CONTAINING BANNED PACKING MATERIALS WILL BE ASSESSED A $25 DISPOSAL & CLEANUP FEE.

Additional Terms & Conditions for International Spirits:

  • International spirits without a COLA must complete COLA Waiver Application.
  • COLA waivers must be received before the spirits are shipped.
  • International entrants must ensure that their carrier of choice (DHL, UPS, FedEx) complete the FDA Prior Notice for before any spirits are sent by international mail.
  • International entrants are responsible for all shipping and custom fees. Any shipping or custom fees not paid by the entrant will be billed back.
  • BE SURE TO CHECK THE BOX ON THE SHIPPING FORM THAT SPECIFIES ALL CUSTOMS FEES PAID BY SHIPPER.

SHIPPING INSTRUCTIONS

For All Spirits Entered:

  • All boxes must have the ADI Shipping Label taped securely to the outside of the box.
  • Samples must be received at Preiss Imports by Thursday, December 20, 2018.
  • Send two (2) 750/700ml bottles (or the equivalent) for all spirits entered.
  • Send between 140-200ml for each Non-potable bitters and tinctures entered.
  • Do not send entries by the US Postal Service! We recommend FedEx, UPS, or DHL for shipping spirits.
  • Email tracking numbers and sender name to adi@preissimports.com
  • Preiss Imports Phone Number: (760)789-9000

    Packaging Instructions

  • 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 taped securely to the outside of the box with the following information:
    • Name of the Distillery
    • Class of spirits in the box by TTB Class/ID# (Whiskey 100s, Gin 200s, Vodka 300s, Rum/Cachaça 400s, Brandy 500s, Liqueurs/Specialty 600s, 700s Cocktails/RTDs, 900s Agave/Other.)
    • Contact Name, email and phone number
    • Number of the box out of the total number shipped (1 of 3, 4 of 6 etc.)
  • DO NOT USE ANY PACKING PEANUTS OR SHREDDED MATERIAL WHEN PACKAGING YOUR BOTTLES. EACH BOX CONTAINING BANNED PACKING MATERIALS WILL BE ASSESSED A $25 DISPOSAL & CLEAN UP FEE.

Additional Shipping Instructions for International Spirits:

  • International spirits without COLAs must have their waiver processed before the spirits are shipped.
  • An exterior shipping pouch must include the FDA prior Notice and COLA waiver.
  • International entrants are responsible for all shipping and custom fees. Any shipping or custom fees not paid by the entrant will be billed back.
  • BE SURE TO CHECK THE BOX ON THE SHIPPING FORM THAT SPECIFIES ALL CUSTOMS FEES PAID BY SHIPPER.

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