Bartenders Brand Awards 2018
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CLASS magazine is proud to launch the Bartenders’ Brand Awards, a unique blind tasting, design and value-tested competition for spirits, wines, beers and drinks products available within the UK bar industry. The awards are purely on-trade focused - only drinks brands that are available in UK cocktail, hotel and restaurant bars are permitted to enter. 

The aim is to provide independent and honest reviews for drinks brands targeting the UK bar trade.  The results will be a relevant and practical source of reference for bartenders, bar managers, bar owners and professionals when making purchasing decisions for their establishments.

Our judging panel boasts some of the most renowned names in the UK bar industry today, giving our winning spirits, wine and beer an endorsement from the most influential members of the global drinks industry.

 

Why Enter? 
  • Enter the only UK on-trade awards judged solely by bartenders’
  • Have your spirits, wines, beer and drinks products tasted, examined and validated by some of the biggest names in the bar world.
  • Generate publicity and new listings in the all-important UK bar trade.
Coverage and Results Promotion
  • Medal winners will be showcased in the Bartenders’ Brand Awards Guide 2018, distributed to 5,000 of the best bars across the UK in April 2018.
  • Medal winners will also be published online at classbarmag.co.uk    
  • Bartenders’ Brand winners will benefit from a UK PR and social media campaign.
  • Certificates will be sent out to all trophy, gold, silver and bronze winners.
  • High-resolution medal artwork will be available to all winners for point of sale and promotions.
  • Promotional toolkits will be available to all winners to promote their success to UK trade and consumer media.
  • Medal stickers for bottles will be available to all winners to promote their achievements.
Cost Per Entry

The cost includes entry into all three judging assessments for taste, value and design. Drinks brands can opt out of any assessment if they wish. 

1 Entry £160
5 Entries or more £150 per entry
10 Entries or more £140 per entry
Entry Deadlines and Dates

Gin, Scotch, Tequila, World Whisky: Friday 22nd September
Vodka, Rum, Brandy, Liqueurs: Friday 20th October
Speciality Spirits, Wine, Soft Drinks, Mixers, Syrups, Juices: Friday 17th November
Champagne, Sparkling Wine, Fortified Wines, Beer, Cider: Friday 8th December

The Judging Assessment

Blind Tasting
The blind tasting is a professional and highly controlled process over 4 days, assessed by over 40 of the UK’s leading bar professionals. Tasting samples are presented by category based on their style, age and origin. Each drinks product is blind tasted and scored on its aroma, complexity, taste and where appropriate versatility.

Value
Our value awards create a strong reference tool for the bar industry and consumers. Following the tasting, judges will be asked whether, given their taste, each product offers good value for money. Here the recommended retail price and alcoholic strength is revealed and the blind-tasted drinks products are discussed and reviewed among the panel.

Design
In our final assessment for design and packaging, judges are asked to evaluate bottles by their creative design, back-bar appeal, and functionality (including shape, size, weight and ease of pouring).

Awards
Trophy, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded to the best-performing drinks products in each of the tasting, value and design assessments.

Judges
The Bartenders’ Brand Awards is home to the some of the finest bartenders in the world. Each of our judges has been carefully selected based on their personal achievements, tasting skills and experience in the UK bar industry.

Judging sessions will take place in London and Manchester, drawing the best talent from the south and north of the UK.

Our judging panel will include 40 bartenders representing some of best bars in the UK today.

Entry Categories

AGAVE SPIRITS
100% Agave Tequila - Blanco
100% Agave Tequila -Reposado
100% Agave Tequila Añejo
100% Agave Tequila Extra Añejo
Mixto Tequila - Blanco
Mixto Tequila - Reposado
Mixto Tequila - Añejo
Mixto Tequila - Extra Añejo
Mezcal
Raicilla
Sotol
Bacanora

AMERICAN WHISKEY
Bourbon
Tennessee
Rye
Corn
Single Malt

BEER
Ale
Lager
Stout / Porter
Wheat Beer
Flavoured Beer
Speciality Beer

BRANDY
Blended
Vintage
Pot Still
Brandy de Jerez / Spanish
Marc
Fruit
Armagnac
Calvados
Grappa
Pisco

CAVA
Cava
Cava Reserva
Cava Gran Reserva

CHAMPAGNE
Vintage White
Vintage Rosé
Non Vintage White
Non Vintage Rosé

CIDER
Scrumpy
Apple
Pear / Perry
Fruit / Flavoured
Speciality

COCKTAIL SYRUPS
Sugar
Agave
Vegetable
Fruit
Other

COGNAC
VS
VSOP
Napoleon/XO
Age statement Cognac
Vintage
Extra

GIN
Distilled
London Dry
Old Tom
Flavoured
Barrel Aged
New Western
Navy Strength

IRISH WHISKEY
Blended
Single Grain
Single Malt
Pot Still

JAPANESE WHISKY
Blended
Single Malt
Single Grain

JUICES
Apple
Cranberry
Grapefruit
Lemon
Lime
Mango
Orange
Pineapple
Tomato
Vegetable
Carrot
Other

LIQUEURS
Anise
Fruit
Chocolate
Coffee
Cream/ Dairy
Egg
Herb
Spice
Floral
Nut
Whisky
Rum
Brandy
Bitters liqueurs
Bitters Amara
Other

PORT
White
Pink
Ruby
Tawny
Late Bottle Vintage
Vintage

PROSECCO
DOC Prosecco
DOCG Superiore Prosecco

PUREES
Vegetable
Fruit
Other

RUM
Potstill Unaged
Potsill Aged
Column Still
Multi Column
Blended
Spiced
Cachaça

SCOTCH WHISKY
Blended
Single Malt
Blended Malt
Single Grain

SHERRY
Fino
Manzanilla
Oloroso
Palo Cortado
Amontillado
Pedro Ximenez
Cream
Moscatel

SOFT DRINKS & MIXERS
Lemonade
Cola
Ginger Ale
Ginger Beer
Tonic
Flavoured Tonic
Bitter Lemon
Soda
Flavoured Soda
Other

SPARKLING WINE
Vintage White
Vintage Rosé
Non Vintage White
Non Vintage Rosé

SPECIALITY SPIRITS
Absinthe
Aquavit
Baiju
Genever
Soju
Shochu

STILL WINE
Vintage Red
Vintage White
Vintage Rosé
Non Vintage Red
Non Vintage White
Non Vintage Rosé

VERMOUTH
Blanco
Rosso
Sweet
Dry

VODKA
Potato
Rye
Barley
Wheat
Grape
Corn
Other Ingredients
Flavoured

WORLD WHISKIES
Blended
Single Malt
Single Grain
Rye

Shipping Information
  • Sending Spirits: Please send 2 bottles (70cl/75cl/1litre) per product entered for the Competition
  • Sending Wine & Sparkling:  Please send 2 bottles (70cl/75cl/1litre) per product entered for the Competition
  • Sending Beer, Cider and Soft Drinks:  Please send the following bottles per product entered for the Competition: 200ml – 10 bottles, 330ml – 8 bottles, 500ml – 6 bottles and 1litre – 4 bottles
  • Sending Syrups & Purees: Please send 2 bottles per product entered for the Competition
  • Please note: bottles will not be returned.

Send bottles to:
Bartenders’ Brand Awards 2018, C/O Sensible Wine Services, Unit 10, Dana Trading Estate, Transfesa Rd, Paddock Wood, Kent, TN12 6UT

Telephone: +44 (0) 1622 832640, Email - karl@sensiblewine.com

  • Please ensure you adhere to the BBA delivery deadlines below:
  • Please note: Warehouse Opens: Monday 4th September
Category Bottle Delivery Deadline
Gin, Scotch, Tequila, World Whisky Friday 29th September 2017
Vodka, Rum, Brandy, Liqueurs Friday 27th October 2017
Speciality Spirits, Wine, Soft Drinks, Mixers, Syrups, Juices Friday 24th November 2017
Champagne, Sparkling Wine, Fortified Wines, Beer, Cider Friday 15th December 2017
Contact Us

Entries Enquires
Donna Callaghan
Senior Account Manager
01293 608857
donna.callaghan@agilemedia.co.uk

Rick Beaumont
Events Account Manager
01293 558130
rick.beaumont@agilemedia.co.uk

General Enquiries
Helen Heppell
Senior Events Coordinator
01293 590050
BBA@agilemedia.co.uk