Best Buy Bar ®

Almost all spirits competitions focus on super-premium to ultra-premium products, ignoring the premium, standard and well brands that account for a majority of your dollar profits. Our focus this year is to showcase the best tasting, value-related brands that make up such a large part of the spirits market. In the 11th annual BTI BEST BUY BAR competition, BTI will find the best values in all spirits categories, in three key price ranges. This provides a comparative tool for trade buyers making key decisions for their restaurant, bar, or retail outlet, and for consumers looking to stock up their home bar with sensibly priced, great tasting spirits.

Price categories are: $25 & under, $20 & under, $15 & under, and $10 & under.   Entry deadline is June 1st.

Download Form

Entry Deadline is June 1st

  • Ship us: two 750ml (or equivalent) bottles
  • Mailing Address: 4849 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Suite 304, Chicago, IL 60630
  • Fax or Email form to: - 773-930-4598
  • Enclose payment: $400 per spirit.
  • Any questions? Call our office: 773-930-4080

Spirits Category Schedule

Every month we feature a campaign to showcase spirit categories. See our calendar for your category deadline. You can enter ANY spirit at ANYTIME outside of this schedule to receive your review in 60 days using our private consulting services.

All products must be registered by the 1st and shipped by the 15th.

  • January 1st

    Registration Deadline

    Sample Deadline Jan. 15

    Vodka & Flavored Vodka
  • February 1st

    Registration Deadline

    Sample Deadline Feb. 15

    Gin & Genever
  • March 1st

    Registration Deadline

    Sample Deadline Mar. 15

    Rum & South American Spirits

    White Rum • Gold Rum • Dark Rum • Aged Rum • Overproof Rum • Cachaça • Pisco • Aguardiente • Flavored Rum • Spiced Rum • Agricole Rhum • Craft Cane Spirits

  • April 1st

    Registration Deadline

    Sample Deadline Apr. 15

    Mixers & RTD Cocktails & "The Bitter Battle"

    And Bar Syrups • Bar Sodas

  • May 1st

    Registration Deadline

    Sample Deadline May 15

    Tequila, Mezcal & Agave Spirits

    And Sotol • Bacanora • All Craft Agave Spirits • All Flavored Tequila

  • June 1st

    Registration Deadline

    Sample Deadline Jun. 15

    Best Buy Bar Competition

    All spirits under $25 retail

  • July 1st

    Registration Deadline

    Sample Deadline Jul. 15

    World Whisky

    Scotch • Irish • Continental Europe • Japan • Taiwan • All Craft Whisky distilled outside North America

  • August 1st

    Registration Deadline

    Sample Deadline Aug. 15

    North American Whiskey

    Bourbon • Tennessee • Rye • Unaged • Canadian • American • Corn • Wheat • Flavored • Straight • Single Malt • Craft Styles

  • September 1st

    Registration Deadline

    Sample Deadline Sep. 15

    Liqueurs & Aperitifs

    Fruit • Cream • Chocolate • Anise • Herb/Spice • Coffee • Floral • Nut • Cordials • Sweet Schnapps • Absinthe • Vermouth • Amaro

  • October 1st

    Registration Deadline

    Sample Deadline Oct. 15

    Brandy & New Release Spirits

    Eau-de-Vie • Grape Brandy • Fruit Brandy • Applejack & all New Release Spirits

  • November 1st

    Registration Deadline

    Sample Deadline Nov. 15

    Cognac, Armagnac, Grappa & Calvados

  • December 1st

    Registration Deadline

    Sample Deadline Dec. 15

    Asian Spirits

    Baijiu • Shochu • Soju

  • December 15th

    Registration Deadline

    Sample Deadline Dec. 15

    Spirits Packaging Competition

    Bottle • Label • Gift Box • Case

Terms of Use

By entering by form, you agree to abide by the terms of our competition rules and usage policy:


Enclose $400 per each spirit with entry. We accept credit card, check or wire transfer payment. Checks should be payable to Payment terms are net 30. Wire transfers: Contact Debra O'Kennard, 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 up to 3 years. Your entry agreement allows the right to feature the review on Tastings social media. Your package will contain Point-Of-Sale options to buy stickers and shelf-talkers. An option to license the Tastings logo for print, digital or TV media is also included.

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