International Review of Spirits®

Finding the highest quality spirits is the focus for our annual spirit review. We illuminate a distiller's craft and the distinct character of their spirits. Our blind tastings provide an objective, third party affirmation of a spirit's quality and taste and communicates this to consumers. Strengthen your spirit with a recognition from Tastings.
Your spirits must be commercially available for sale, in its country of origin or export market, at the time of registration.
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  • Ship us: (2) - two 750ml (or equivalent) bottles
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  • Registration fee: $500 per Spirit; Price now includes digital award logo with usage rights for 1 year!
    Results are released in 60-Days
  • Any questions? Need a spirit reviewed Out-of-Schedule? Email us at or call our office: 773-930-4080

Spirits Category Schedule

Every month we taste a different spirits category. See our calendar below. Results are released 60 days after each deadline.
You can enter your spirit at anytime outside of this schedule to receive your review in just 30 days using our private consulting services.
New: Now featuring World Cocktail Championships™ competitions for the following spirits categories:

  • Gin and White Vermouth: Best Martini Gin & Best Martini White Vermouth (Jan. 1)
  • Vodka and Ginger Beer: Best Moscow Mule Vodka & Best Bloody Mary Vodka & Best Moscow Mule Ginger Beer (Feb. 1)
  • Tequila and Citrus Liqueurs: Best Margarita Tequila & Best Margarita Citrus Liqueur (March 1)
  • Rum: Best Daiquiri Rum (May 1)
  • Cachaca: Best Caipirinha Cachaca (May 1)
  • Pisco: Best Pisco Sour Pisco (May 1)
  • World Whisk(e)y and Sparkling Water: Best Highball Whisk(e)y & Best Highball Sparkling Water (June 1)
  • Brandy and Citrus Liqueurs: Best Sidecar Brandy & Best Sidecar Citrus Liqueur (July 1)
  • North American Whiskey and Absinthe: Best Sazerac Whiskey & Best Sazerac Absinthe (Sept. 1)
  • North American Whiskey and Red Vermouth: Best Manhattan Whiskey & Best Manhattan Red Vermouth (Sept. 1)

All products must be registered by the 1st and received by the 15th.
For entry to: World Cocktail Championships - make selection with spirit entry where applicable

  • January 1st

    Registration Deadline

    Sample Deadline Jan. 15

    Release date Mar 1

    • Gin & Genever
    • World Cocktail Championships®: Gin Martini
    • White & Dry Vermouth
  • February 1st

    Registration Deadline

    Sample Deadline Feb. 15

    Release date: Apr 1

    • Vodka & Flavored Vodka
    • World Cocktail Championships®: Moscow Mule
    • Ginger Beer
    • Early Bird Rum
    • World Cocktail Championships®: Bloody Mary
  • March 1st

    Registration Deadline

    Sample Deadline Mar. 15

    Release date: May 1

    • Tequila, Mexcal & Agave Spirits

    Mezcal • Sotol • Flavored Tequila • Bacanora & All Craft Agave Spirits

    • World Cocktail Championships®: Margarita
    • Citrus Liqueurs
  • April 1st

    Registration Deadline

    Sample Deadline Apr. 15

    Release date: Jun 1

    • Specialty Spirits

    Aquavit • Raki • Arak • Botanical Spirits • Schnapps & Bierschnapps • Distillates of atypical grains, fruits, vegetables, & sugars • Any Specialty Spirit as defined by the TTB

    • Mixers & RTD Cocktails
    • The Elixir Cup®

    Ready-to-Drink Cocktails • Bar Syrups • Bar Sodas • Vinegars • Cherries • Olives

    • The Bitter Battle®
  • May 1st

    Registration Deadline

    Sample Deadline May. 15

    Release date: Jul 1

    • Rum

    Flavored Rum • Spiced Rum • Agricole Rhum • All Cane Spirits

    • World Cocktail Championships®: Rum Daiquiri
    • South American Spirits

    Pisco • Cachaca • Aguardiente • Singani

    • World Cocktail Championships®: Pisco Sour
    • World Cocktail Championships®: Caipirinha
  • June 1st

    Registration Deadline

    Sample Deadline June 15

    Release date: Aug 1

    • Scotch, Irish & World Whisk(e)y

    Scotch • Irish • Continental European • Indian • Taiwanese • Australian Craft • Japanese & All Whiskies Distilled Outside of North America

    • World Water Championships

    Still • Sparkling & Flavored

    • World Cocktail Championships®: Highball
  • July 1st

    Registration Deadline

    Sample Deadline July 15

    Release date: Sept 1

    • Cognac • Armagnac • Calvados • Grappa & World Brandy
    • Citrus Liqueurs for a Sidecar
    • Best Buy Bar® Competition

    All spirits $25 and under retail

    • World Cocktail Championships®: Sidecar
  • August 1st

    Registration Deadline

    Sample Deadline Aug. 15

    Release date: Oct 1

    • Liqueurs

    Fruit • Cream • Chocolate • Coffee • Herb/Spice • Amaro • Fernet • Bitter Liqueurs • Aperitivos • Aperitifs

  • September 1st

    Registration Deadline

    Sample Deadline Sesp. 15

    Release date: Nov 1

    • North American Whiskey
    • World Cocktail Championships®: Manhattan
    • Red & Sweet Vermouth
    • Absinthe
    • World Cocktail Championships®: Sazerac
  • October 1st

    Registration Deadline

    Sample Deadline Oct. 15

    Release date: Dec 1

    • New & Innovative Spirits

    • All Styles & Distillates

  • November 1st

    Registration Deadline

    Sample Deadline Nov. 15

    Release date: Jan 1 2020

    • Private Label Spirits Review
    • Celebrity Sips: Spirits
  • December 1st

    Registration Deadline

    Sample Deadline Dec. 15

    Release date: Feb 1 2020

    • Asian Spirits

    Baijiu • Shochu • Soju & Other Asian Spirits

    • Spirits Packaging Competition

    Bottle • Label • Gift Box • Case • Spirits Accessories • Novelties & Glassware

Terms of Use

By entering by form, you agree to abide by the terms of our competition rules and usage policy:
In particular, this competition is only for commercial spirits from commercial distilleries. All spirits entered MUST be available for purchase, either in the US or in their country of origin, at the time of registration. Entries that do not meet these criteria will be disqualified from the competition without refund.

Brands that are not commercially available at the time of registration may qualify for our private review services.

As a supplement to your entry, you may also choose to enter the new World Cocktail Championships for a chance to be selected as the best spirit for a classic cocktail.


$500 per spirit; price includes digital logo with usage rights for 1 year. We accept credit card, check or wire transfer payment. Checks should be made payable to Wire transfers: Contact: Foreign wires require $30 fee payable in US Dollars. Any related shipping charges will be charged to credit card on file. Results will not be released until full payment is received.

Results Package

A copy of your results will be emailed to you. All reviews are published on individual product pages on for 3 years. Your package will contain a Point-Of-Sale form to buy stickers and shelf-talkers.

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What is the International Review of Spirits?

America's Oldest and Most Influential Spirits Competition

The Tastings International Review of Spirits Competition is the most authoritative, most consistent, and most influential annual spirits review in the United States for the last 20 years. Unlike other "weekender" spirits events, our spirits competition was the first comprehensive, annual international spirits judging ever held in the United States. Throughout the year, Tastings-Beverage Testing Institute invites select members of the trade to join them as panelists in blind tastings of specific categories of spirits. Spirits producers and importers, large and small, from around the world and across the country participate in our ongoing spirits competition because they know that BTI conducts the most objective, consistent, and widely respected spirits reviews in America. Millions of consumers use spirits reviews on and elsewhere when making their spirits buying decisions. Retailers and distributors across the US closely watch our reviews when looking for products to carry.

Unlike standard spirits competitions, spirits producers and marketers get valuable and effective marketing tools by participating in Tastings' industry-leading spirits reviews:

  • 100-point scale ratings and consumer-oriented tasting notes for point-of-sale materials
  • Three-year publication of reviews on, the highest trafficked spirits review site on the Internet
  • Annual press releases for top scoring products
  • Ability to feature product labels next to reviews on*
  • Ability to order shelf-talkers and logos for POS and campaigns*
  • Platinum, gold, silver, or bronze medal award certificates suitable for framing
  • Links to reviews on for Facebook and Twitter posts
  • Top Spirits, Distillery of the Year, and Spirit of the Year awards

  • All products will be tasted blind by a panel consisting of trained Tastings staff and talented guest panelists from the spirits world. BTI uses a proprietary tasting methodology that assures accurate, repeatable results. Each product will receive a score based on a 100-point scale and a tasting note. Based on the scores from the current session, platinum, gold, silver, and bronze medalists will be declared for each category. We look forward to another year of discovering the best tasting spirits available and invite spirits producers, importers and marketers to participate in the most important spirits event in America.

    * Additional fees apply for the use of Tastings' Spirits Logos

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