A: The ISC is open to anyone who produces, markets or sells spirits from any country, including distillers, producers, distributors, agents, pr agencies, independent retailers, retail chains, supermarkets and wholesalers.

All spirits must be entered with the permission of the brand owners. Please check that your agent or producer has not already entered the same spirit as you.

A: No, currently the UK government has imposed a range of sanctions measures, including trade and financial sanctions, under The Russia (Sanctions) EU Exit 2019 Regulations.

A: The ISC accepts a wide range of spirits for tasting. To see the full list of categories available for entry click here

All spirits must be commercially available for retail, and in sufficient quantities for it to be reasonable to expect them to be available until at least early 2025. No specially prepared samples will be accepted.

A: Please refer to the list of categories which you can locate from the home page. If you have a rare or unique product and need advice, please contact the sales team:

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A: When entering a spirit into a standard, premium or super premium category, please carefully check the product description. Tasting categories are not based on price point, so entrants should consider factors such as limited bottle production, quality of ingredients and the distillation process, which should determine whether a spirit is a standard, premium or super premium product.
A: Yes, entries can be saved in your basket to be completed at a later date.
A: Discounts for multiple entries apply to online bookings only and will adjust automatically once entered.
A: Yes. Just enter further bookings in the online entry process. Discounts for multiple entries will adjust automatically.
A: Yes, simply log into your account and request for changes to be made.

A: Please send samples for judging. Full information about shipping can be found here

A: Full information about shipping can be found here.

A: Entries may be cancelled up to 14 days after the booking date. After this, entry fees are non refundable.

Alternatively you may replace the replace with another product at no additional cost.

Simply log into your account and request for your entry to be cancelled. A member of the ISC team will then process your cancellation and send updated paperwork. 
A: UK Excise Duty is payable on all alcoholic products, irrespective of strength, with the duty varying by product type. This is governed by UK Law. Each bottle you send must be fully supported with the correct documentation showing that UK Excise Duty has either been paid, or is due to be paid, before it is released onto the UK market. It is your responsibility to pay for UK Excise Duty. 
A: No. All orders under £500 must be paid by credit card to enable you to complete your transaction. Any orders over this amount may be invoiced.

A: Entrants reserve the right to withhold the results from being published. Entrants must contact us within seven days of receiving notification of your results.

Please contact: ISC@agilemedia.co.uk

A: The results will be published online at www.internationalspiritschallenge.com  and www.drinksint.com as well as printed in Drinks International Magazine.

Click here to see when results will be announced.

A: On request we can submit feedback from the judges notes.

Please contact: ISC@agilemedia.co.uk

A: Yes you can use electronic medal award artwork to showcase your success. You will be sent high resolution artwork and you can also purchase high quality stickers to help promote your products.

Medal artwork is valid for three years from date of issue. Entrants must adhere to the Brand Guidelines document for full usage on medal artwork. This is available to view in the winners zone section on the this website.