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Entries close on 8 December 2017


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

Taste categories

Flavoured Vodka
Minimum of 30% ABV. If more than one flavour is included in the vodka.
Pure Neutral Vodka
Distilled by any method (pot or column) from any permitted base material(s) and according to the country of origin’s regulations. Impurities in aroma and flavour should be filtered out to leave a clear spirit of clean, neutral character. Minimum 37.5% ABV.
Varietal Vodka
Vodka intended to be consumed neat or in cocktails whereby a little character determined by the base ingredient is acceptable, desirable even. A pure, clear and clean vodka, but not necessarily totally neutral.

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 vodka is tasted in its relevant style to identify and select the style winners . Judges making up the World Vodka Awards panel include leading journalists, specialist drinks retailers and industry experts.

Rounds 2
Style winners are tasted against each other to identify the ‘Best’ vodka in each category.

Round 3
The ‘Best’ vodkas in each category are then tasted against each other one last time to select the World’s Best Vodka. Judges at this stage include those in Round 1 and 2 to whom are added a panel of leading distillers and experts from the vodka industry.

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

Shipping

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

We are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with Imorex (former Procurus) to provide a door to door shipping service exclusively for World Vodka Awards entrants. We are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with Procurus to provide a door to door shipping service exclusively for World Vodka Awards entrants.

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. 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.

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 Vodka Awards can either not accept the entries or will have to invoice any costs occurred, including a £10.00 administration fee.

The address is as follows:

World Vodka Awards
c/o Imorex (Procurus Ltd)
Cliff Road Industrial Est
Cliff Road
Ipswich
IP3 0AY
United Kingdom

For any enquiries regarding your shipments, please contact 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£165 + VAT each£160 + VAT each£155 + VAT each£150 + VAT each
Taste or Design£165 + VAT each£160 + VAT each£155 + VAT each£150 + VAT each
Euro
Taste & Design€305 each€295 each€285 each€275 each
Design€205 + VAT each€200 + VAT each€195 + VAT each€190 + VAT each
Taste or Design€205 each€200 each€195 each€190 + VAT each
USD
Taste & Design$395 each$380 each$365 each$350 each
Design$270 + VAT each$260 + VAT each$250 + VAT each$240 + VAT each
Taste or Design$270 each$260 each$250 each$240 each
Canadian Dollar
Taste & Design$430 each$415 each$400 each
Design$305 + VAT each$295 + VAT each$285 + VAT each$275 + VAT each
Taste or Design$305 each$295 each$285 each$275 each

Terms & conditions

  • All entry forms and products must be sent by prepaid post and be received by the closing date listed.
  • 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.
  • 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, the World Vodka Awards can either not accept the entries or will have to invoice any costs occurred, including a £10.00 administration fee.
  • 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.

    FAQs

    Q: How many bottles should I send?
    A: If entered for taste or taste & design, please send 3 bottles. If entered only in design, please send 2 only.

    Q: Where should I send my bottles to?
    A: You can use our dedicated shipper Imorex (former Procurus). To book your shipments follow the link on your profile page. Or, if you wish to ship the entries yourself, please send them to

    World Vodka Awards
    c/o Imorex - Procurus Ltd
    Cliff Road Industrial Est
    Cliff Road
    Ipswich
    IP3 0AY
    United Kingdom