To ensure fairness and accuracy, spirit samples are served in a controlled environment and evaluated through a systematic double blind testing process by unbiased consumers.

Best of Class

Our most exclusive award is reserved for premium spirits receiving scores in the pinnacle of their respective categories. The Best of Class medal expresses the highest acclaim from consumer judges.

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Platinum

Spirits placing for the Platinum medal represent a distinguished class of spirits that earned exceptional marks from all judges. Platinum medal recipients are highly recommended to the public.

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Double Gold

The Double Gold medal correspond to an outstanding rank of spirits which consumers judged to qualify for the top percentile of their given categories and justify strong recommendations.

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Gold

The Gold medal celebrates spirits that demonstrated noteworthy performance in the double blind tasting. With scores in the upper divisions, Gold medal spirits are strongly recommended.

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Silver

SIP Awards Silver medal winners are dedicated to spirits earning marks from consumer judges in the top range of their categories. The consumer judging panel deems Silver medal recipients to be distinguished spirits recommended to the public.

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Bronze

Bronze medals are presented to well-crafted spirits that qualify for special distinction with their strong performance in the SIP double blind tasting. Bronze medals are noteworthy achievements deserving of recommendation.

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We never give participation awards which means that around ⅕ of brands do not receive medals. While entering the SIP Awards declares a brand’s exemplary devotion to quality, the integrity of our medals relies upon meaningful differentiation.

Review some of the other benefits a top rated SIP Awards brand receives.

DESIGN COMPETITION

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The SIP Bottle and Packaging Design Awards are conducted separately from tasting and recognizes successfully crafted designs that complement the spirit and appeal to the consumers’ aesthetic sense. Criteria for the design awards include creativity, originality, theme consistency and overall design.

CONSUMERS’ CHOICE AWARD

Reserved for spirits that have placed in the SIP Awards for two or more years, the Consumer Choice Awards stands as the ultimate emblem of trust and quality presented by the consumer judging panel. Consumer Choice recipients demonstrate an unwavering commitment to their spirit brand’s legacy, craft and consumer palate.

Learn about the exclusive benefits for Consumer Choice Awards winners.

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COMPREHENSIVE OVERVIEW

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PAST WINNER

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