New York International Spirits Competition October 21st 2012

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The most respected international spirits competition will be held October 21st 2012 where the top trade buyers will be judging the spirits by its category and price.

New York International Spirits Competition

"And may the best spirits win!" Mayor Michael Bloomberg

The 3rd Annual New York International Spirits Competition (“NYISC”) taking place this year on Oct. 21, 2012 at the 3 West Club in Manhattan.  This contest stands out as the only international spirits competition where all the judges are real trade buyers judging the spirits by its category and actual price.

New York International Spirits Competition Trade & Press Tasting Event Video


  •     All spirits are judged by every brand’s TRUE key trade target – buyers, retail stores, restaurant & bar owners, distributors and importers.  Unlike other competitions, these expert TRADE ONLY judges and their opinions have immediate impact and the ability to make a direct influence on sales and a brand’s bottom line.  The judges are judging the spirits as if they are buying for their business.
  •     Each product category has a sub category for pricing.  Therefore, a spirit will be judged in its category along with other spirits in its same price range.  Each category will have its own pricing levels and details are listed on the submission form. For example, $35 bourbon will be placed into a judging category with a $40 bourbon and not a $70 bourbon.  The judges will know the actual retail price for the spirit they are judging.  
  •     Brands will be rated on a set of criteria including appearance, aroma, taste, mouthfeel and finish.   Upon completion of the tastings, panelists will confer and decide which spirits are award worthy.  
  •     Award levels are Double Gold, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. 
  •     Double Gold: Phenomenal Product for Buyers
  •     Gold: Buyers “Love” It
  •     Silver: Buyers “Like” It
  •     Bronze: Buyers will purchase it
  •     Double Gold award winners will be re-tasted by all panelists to establish which brands may be eligible to receive a ‘Best of Category’ endorsement in its pricing category as well as which might be eligible to receive the competition’s highest honor: the FDR/Best of Show Award. The FDR award honors one of our greatest presidents, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who actively supported and endorsed the repeal of Prohibition.
  •     While other competitions award medals to up 85% of entrants, the NYISC judges only award the brands that are most deserving. Last year, the NYISC awarded only 47% of its entrants.  Thus, it is the most credible and respected spirits competition in the industry. Winning the New York International Spirits Competition is more meaningful and certainly more impactful and relevant to media and especially the trade –ultimately having a more significant and direct impact on sales. 

Benefits and Visibility for the winners:

The NYISC will offer brand exposure in the following ways:

  •     All winning brands will be listed on the NYISC site with its image and link to their website.
  •     The results of the NYISC will be promoted vigorously to trade and consumer media.  There will be media onsite reporting on the competition
  •     Winning brands will receive an actual 2” medal to represent their win.  
  •     There is no charge for winning brands to use their winning award icons in their marketing or promotional materials.
  •     The media sponsors will be listing all awarded brands and profiling the top winners
  •     There will be formal press release disseminated on behalf of the NYISC announcing the winners within two weeks of the competition
  •     There will be a final tasting/media event for the winners approximately four weeks after the competition to showcase the best of contest. Unlike other competitions there is no additional charge for the medal winners to participate in this press/trade event.  
  •     NYISC and its sister competition New York International Wine Competition (NYIWC) will be exhibiting at ProWein in Dusseldorf March 2013 to showcase the top winners of the NYISC and NYIWC.  There will be no additional charge for the selected winners to participate in the trade show. 


Each entrant at the beginning of the submission process is $300 online and $315 by fax/email.  Submissions may be done online through  The submission form may be downloaded at the NYISC website.  The submission process starts August 13th 2012. 


The NYISC will be working with industry leader Western Carriers to receive and warehouse the submissions for the 2012 NYISC.  

As an added benefit for distilleries and brands who currently have inventory at Western Carriers...distillers will be able to shift their inventory to the NYISC storage area and incur no additional shipping charges.  Spirit brands are encouraged to inquire with their importer and distributor to see if the product is at the Western Carrier's location in NJ.

Submissions to be sent
C/0 Nest Egg/Western Carriers
Main Building ATTN: Joel Rubbins
2220 91st
North Bergen NJ 07047

Please contact customs broker Eva Voros at evavoros(at)winecellarsltd(dot)com if you need customs assistance.  All customs fees must be fully paid in full before the competition.    

For more information about the competitions please also visit the other beverage competitions and  

The deadline for receipt of entry is October 13th 2012
Contact info:
Adam Levy
v. 9173380163 x 1
m. 2017477111

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