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About the awards

Deadline extended - final entry deadline 21 December 2018

Shipping deadline 11 January 2019


The World Brandy Awards are the global awards selecting the very best in all internationally recognized styles of brandy. Presented by TheDrinksReport.com, the world’s no.1 online resource for drinks professionals, the World Brandy Awards select, reward and promote the world’s best brandies to consumers and trade across the globe.

Every entrant receives…
  • A personalized World Brandy Awards tasting note
  • Invitation to the World Brandy Awards final round tasting in London

    Winners receive…
  • Extensive coverage on WorldBrandyAwards.com
  • High resolution logos
  • International, regional and national coverage targeting beer consumers and trade buyers
  • Boxed set: inclusion in the World Brandy Awards boxed set, featuring the winners
  • Point of sale materials including: stickers and collarets with your award in corporate collars
  • All country and world winners are featured in the annual Best Spirits publication

    Medals, Certificates and Trophies receive…
  • Medal, certificate and logo pack
  • Country certificate and logo pack
  • World Style certificate and logo pack
  • World’s Best Trophies, certificate and logo pack

    Taste categories

    Apple Brandy
    This category includes all apple and cider brandies – except Calvados – produced anywhere in the world.

    Aged

    A brandy that has been matured in wood barrels.

    Unaged

    This is the eau-de-vie – the clear spirit straight from the stills.
    Flavoured
    Fruit Brandy
    This can be a brandy/schnapps of any age that has been distilled from fruits other than grapes and apples, such as peaches, apricots, plums, berries; or a combination of fruits, which can include a portion of apples or grapes.
    Non-Fruit-Based Brandy
    A brandy that has not been made using wine, grapes, apples or other fruits but from grain or molasses.

    Aged

    A brandy that has been matured in wood barrels.

    Unaged

    This is the eau-de-vie – the clear spirit straight from the stills.
    Pomace or Marc
    A pomace or marc brandy produced anywhere in the world. This excludes Pisco and Grappa (Pisco and Grappa.

    Aged

    A brandy that has been matured in wood barrels.

    Unaged

    This is the eau-de-vie – the clear spirit straight from the stills.
    Wine Brandy
    This category applies to all brandies made from wine – except Cognac and Armagnac.

    Aged 2-3 years

    Aged 2-3 years A brandy produced from wine that has been matured in wood barrels and whereby the youngest eau-de-vie is at least two years old.

    Aged 4-5 years

    Aged 4-5 years A brandy produced from wine that has been matured in wood barrels and whereby the youngest eau-de-vie is at least four years old.

    Extra Old

    A brandy produced from wine that has been matured in wood barrels and whereby the youngest eau-de-vie is at least six years old

    Solera

    A brandy produced from grapes that have been matured in wood barrels using the solera system; may or may not have an age statement on the label.

    Design categories

    1 |Label design
    This includes all aspects of on-bottle brand/product communication, including the application of any direct printing onto bottle, capsule or closure, as well as paper and film labels and sleeves. The pack will be judged on the overall design and quality of materials, print, decoration and application.
    2 |Presentation
    This applies to the secondary, outer, presentation packaging, such as cartons, boxes, cases, plinths, chests etc. The presentation will be judged on the overall effect with the bottle in place.
    3 |Travel retail exclusive
    Packaging created specifically for sale in the duty-free / travel retail market
    4 |Limited edition
    This category applies to pack designs where the number produced was limited, such as for a special production, occasion or season.
    5 |Redesign / relaunch
    This category refers to a new or refreshed packaging design created for an existing product and introduced to the market after February 1, 20i6. A picture or sample of the previous packaging must be supplied along with a description of what changes have been made and why
    6 |New launch
    Packaging for a new product launched after February 1, 20i6
    7 |Brand design
    This is a packaging design that carries through and unites a range or ‘family’ of different products from one producer or brand.

    The judging process

    TASTE

    The taste judging is held in three rounds.

    Round 1
    Each brandy is tasted in its relevant style to identify and select the style winners. Judges making up the World Brandy Awards panel include international, leading journalists, specialist drinks retailers and industry experts.

    Round 2
    The best in each style compete then against each other to become the best per category.

    Round 3
    The ‘Best’ brandy in each category are then tasted against each other to select the World’s Best Brandy. Judges at this stage include those in

    DESIGN
    All DESIGN judging is conducted by a panel of leading international design experts.

    Please send 3 bottles. If you have entered only in design, please only send 2 bottles.

    Shipping

    We are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with Procurus to provide a door to door shipping service exclusively for World Brandy Awards entrants.

    If you wish to use this service, you only have to enter and pack, they will do the rest. Have you registered your entries already? Login to your account to book your shipment now. The charge for this service is not included in the entry rates.

    If you wish to ship your entries yourself, please send them to the address supplied in your account. If you are shipping your entries yourself, please ensure that all customs, clearance and any associated costs have been paid. If these are not paid, World Rum Awards can either not accept the entries or will have to invoice any costs occurred, including a £25.00 administration fee.

    Shipping deadline: All samples need to be received by 15 December 2018


    Shipping Addresse


    c/o Procurus Ltd
    Cliff Road Industrial Estate
    Cliff Road
    Ipswich
    IP3 0AY

    Contact: Heidi Seaman
    Email: heidis@procurusgroup.com
    Phone: +44 (0)1394 799 024



    For any enquiries regarding your shipments, please contact
    info@worlddrinksawards.com Anita Ujszaszi

    Rates

    Entry fees

     1 entry2 entries3 entries4+ entries
    Sterling
    Taste & Design£245 + VAT each£235 + VAT each£225 + VAT each£215 + VAT each
    Design£167 + VAT each£162 + VAT each£157 + VAT each£152 + VAT each
    Taste or Design£167 + VAT each£162 + VAT each£157 + VAT each£152 + VAT each
    Euro
    Taste & Design€315 each€305 each€295 each€285 each
    Design€210 each€205 each€200 each€195 each
    Taste or Design€210 each€205 each€200 each€195 each
    USD
    Taste & Design$410 each$395 each$380 each$365 each
    Design$280 each$270 each$260 each$250 each
    Taste or Design$280 each$270 each$260 each$250 each
    Canadian Dollar
    Taste & Design$460 each$445 each$430 each$415 each
    Design$320 each$310 each$300 each$290 each
    Taste or Design$320 each$310 each$300 each$290 each

    Terms & conditions

    All must be made online.
  • Entries are only accepted on a completed online entry form with the appropriate entry fee.
  • Any entry form which arrives incomplete, late or illegible and any product which is late or damaged may be deemed invalid.
  • If an entry is withdrawn by the due date or disqualified, the entry fee will be returned subject to an administration charge of 50% of the entry fee. Products will be retained by the Organiser.
  • The judges’ decision on all matters is final.
  • The Organisers may, at their discretion, refuse to accept an entry.
  • The Organisers may alter the closing date for the awards, place an entry in the most appropriate style, rule that an entry may not compete or is ineligible to compete, or alter the date, time or place on or at which the awards are scheduled to take place.
  • The Chair of Judges has the power to disqualify any entry not deemed as meeting the entry criteria.
  • These rules are governed by the laws of the UK.
  • Please note: bottles will not be returned.
  • Our policy on unreturned bottles is as follows:
  • Opened bottles may be poured at trade and consumer events to promote the individual brand
  • Closed bottles may be distributed to individual charities on a case by basis, or presented for auction, all proceeds going to charity.
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