2017 Judges

 

KRISTEN BENOIT

KRISTEN BENOIT

Atlanta, GA

COMPANY: Owner, Bone Garden Cantina

CJ COWAN

CJ COWAN

Seattle, WA

COMPANY: Creative Director

JESSICA COWAN

JESSICA COWAN

Seattle, WA

COMPANY: Tequila
Witch

TED GENOWAYS

TED GENOWAYS

Lincoln, NE

COMPANY: Writer with Mother Jones, an editor-at-large at OnEarth

DUSTIN HAARSTAD

DUSTIN HAARSTAD

Seattle, WA

COMPANY: Blind Tiger Cocktail Co. and Blackwater

CAROLYN KISSICK

CAROLYN KISSICK

San Francisco, CA

COMPANY: Big Rock

KHRYS MAXWELL

KHRYS MAXWELL

San Diego, CA

COMPANY: Tequila Fortaleza

JUNIOR MERINO

JUNIOR MERINO

New York, NY

COMPANY: The Liquid Chef

JASON SILVERMAN

JASON SILVERMAN

Phoenix, AZ

COMPANY:Silverline Consulting

CLAYTON SZCZECH

CLAYTON SZCZECH

Mexico City, MX

COMPANY:Experience Tequila Experience Mezcal 

KELLIE THORN

KELLIE THORN

Atlanta, GA

COMPANY:Empire State South

TODD THRASHER

TODD THRASHER

Alexandria, VA

COMPANY: Bar PX, Tiki TNT and Thrasher’s Rum

ABOUT

This year a panel of 13 International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) judges, will judge a mix of commercial agave-based spirits or other spirit produced in Mexico. Product samples are presented in flights in a blind competition and evaluate based on criteria consistent with the evaluation standards of the IWSC. Judges base scores on Aroma, Finish, Flavor, Value, Probability of Re-Purchasing and Probability of Recommendation, awarding a maximum of 100 points.

This year the judges will be using technology developed by the Tequila Matchmaker mobile app, for the scoring and tabulation of the results.

Based-upon the combined scores from all of the judges, should one spirit achieve the highest overall score, a “Best of Class” will be awarded.  Should one spirit per category achieve the highest score, a “Best of Class” per category will be awarded.

Launched in 2002, the Spirits of Mexico Competition is the premier spirits competition in North America for agave-based and other spirits produced in Mexico. The competition is organized by the IWSC Group, a globally-recognized events company focused exclusively on the alcoholic beverage sector.

SPIRIT CATEGORIES

Tequila Blanco
Tequila Reposado
Tequila Añejo
Extra Añejo Tequila
Mezcal
Liquer
Rum

AWARDS

BEST IN CLASS

86 – 100                GOLD
Superior example, setting the standard

80 – 85.9                  SILVER
Outstanding example; excellent quality

70 – 79.9                  BRONZE
Fine example; excellent quality

*Results remain confidential until officially released.

AWARDS

awards-2016

2017 Competition Schedule

JUDGING

SEPTEMBER 4TH – OCTOBER 6TH

EVENT/WINNER REVEAL

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19

Spirits of Mexico

c/o IWSC Group NA, 1000 Marietta Street, NW, Suite 108,  Atlanta, GA 30318 USA
Phone: 404.474.0433 | Email: info@thespiritsofmexico.com

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