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 November is to showcase the best tasting, value-related brands that make up such a large part of the spirits market. In the 7th 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: $20 & under, $15 & under, and $10 & under.

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

    North American Whiskey

    Bourbon • Tennessee • Rye • Straight • Un-aged • Canadian • Single Malt • American • Corn • Wheat • Flavored & All US Craft Whiskies

  • February 1st

    Gin & Genever
  • March 1st

    World Brandies

    Eau-de-Vie • Fruit Brandy & Applejack

    The "Bitter Battle"

    for all cocktail bitters

  • April 1st

    World Whisky

    Scotch • Irish • Continental Europe • Japan • Taiwan & All whiskies outside of North America

  • May 1st

    Rum • Flavored Rum • Spiced Rum • Rhum


    All Craft Cane Spirits
  • June 1st

    Vodka & Flavored Vodka
  • July 1st

    Tequila • Mezcal • Sotol • Bacanora • Flavored Tequila

    & All Craft Agave Spirits

  • August 1st

    Liqueurs & Aperitifs

    Fruit • Cream • Chocolate • Herb/Spice • Coffee • Floral • Nut • Anise


    Cordials • Sweet Schnapps • Absinthe • Vermouth & Amaro

  • September 1st

    Asian Spirits

    Baijiu • Shochu & Soju

  • October 1st

    South American Spirits • Grappa & Speciality Spirits

    Cachaça • Pisco • Aguardiente • Unaged & Aged Grappa • Eau-de-Vie • Marc • Dry Schnapps &

    All Flavored Craft Spirits

  • November 1st

    Best Buy Bar Competition

    All spirits under $20 retail

    Mixers • Ready-to-Drink Cocktails • Bar Syrups • Bar Sodas & Flavored Malt Beverages
  • December 1st

    Cognac • Armagnac & Calvados
  • December 15th

    Packaging Competition

    Bottle • Gift & Case Design

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 Wire transfers: Chase JPMorgan. Routing 071000013. Acct 155098970. ABA 021000021. Swift Code CHASUS33. 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 both postal mailed and emailed to the entrant. 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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Let the Tastings begin!

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