The Spirits Masters is a series of blind tasting competitions, drawing in entries from across the world. One of the key elements to its success is the quality and the dedication of the judges involved. All judges are completely independent.


Each spirit is judged on its own merit according to the category into which it is entered, and then awarded a Silver, Gold or Master medal.


There is no limit to the number of medals that can be awarded, ensuring that each spirit is judged independently, and not in direct competition with any other spirit.


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The Gin Masters 2016

In June 2016 The Spirits Business will stage The Gin Masters in a drive to find and reward the finest brands on the world stage.

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Closing date: 3rd June 2016

Great British Summer Cocktail

The Spirits Business, in partnership with Mews of Mayfair, are delighted to announce it’s inaugural ‘Great British Summer Cocktail’ competition.

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Closing date: 18th July 2016

The Asian Spirits Masters 2016

Examining an increasingly important market for global spirits brands, The Asian Spirits Masters 2016 highlighted the region’s prominence when it comes to quality products

The Brandy Masters 2016

The Brandy Masters made a welcome return to The Global Spirits Masters series – and one country in particular shone

The Cognac Masters 2016

Cognac is experiencing a revival from its global lull – but is the category prepared? Our Cognac Masters 2016 reveals the state of play

The Rum Masters 2016

Although fit to burst with flavour and flair, rum is often positioned as the underdog of the brown spirits categories. As our Rum Masters 2016 revealed, now more than ever there’s an expression to entice every palate

The Tequila Masters 2016

Producers of Mexico’s iconic liquid remain determined to shake off the party-hard, shot-slamming image of Tequila as it slips into refined cocktail menus and on to super-premium shelves the world over

The Distillery Masters 2016

New year, new start – and with that, a brand new category in our Global Spirits Masters series: welcome The Distillery Masters 2016

The Global Design Masters 2015

Heritage, storytelling and innovation were the watchwords at this year’s Global Design Masters – and in the digital age never have the three been so difficult to channel in a clever, concise and effective way

The Speciality Spirits Masters 2015

In its second year, the Global Speciality Masters is a clear indicator of how spirits brands can drive innovation in cocktail culture

The Travel Retail Masters 2015

With competition never fiercer among spirits brands in the hotly competitive travel retail sector, our Global Travel Retail Spirits Masters highlighted the top performers

The Global Cognac Masters 2015

In what proved to be one of the most medal-laden Masters competitions The Spirits Business has ever hosted, our judges were full of praise for the high quality pours coming out Cognac

The Global Irish Whiskey Masters 2015

While the whisky industry is dominated by headlines warning of Scotch in decline and Bourbon running scarce, Irish whiskey is receiving all the plaudits

The Global World Whisky Masters 2015

Taking on the flagship whisky-producing nations of Scotland, Ireland and the US, distillers from across the globe showed that less fanfare doesn’t mean lower quality

The Global American Whiskey Masters 2015

Bourbon wasn’t the only category flying the flag for American whiskey in this round of our Global Masters series, as lesser-known expressions livened up an already exciting contest

The Global Gin Masters 2015

Few spirits categories offer as much variety – or provide as much fuel for discussion – as gin, and our Global Gin Masters provided the perfect forum

The Global Scotch Whisky Masters 2015

From light, delicate expressions to smoky, leathery profiles, judges had a pleasant challenge on their hands during the record-breaking Global Scotch Whisky Masters 2015

The Global Asian Spirits Masters 2015

This year’s Asian Spirits Masters demonstrated the makings of a lively and compelling era for the region

The Global Rum Masters 2015

This year’s Global Rum Masters judges put a record-breaking number of entries through their paces in our highly anticipated annual blind tasting