ADI Judging of Craft Spirits 2020 – Registration Open!

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For those of you who remember, I was lucky enough to go to San Francisco earlier in the year to judge for the ADI, in their Judging of Craft Spirits. Luckily for me, they like what I do so I’ve been invited back for next year.

I’ve recently had word that registration to enter your spirit in the competition has opened!

As director of the American Distilling Institute’s Judging of Craft Spirits it is my privilege to tell you that registration for our 2020 competition is open. The Judging of Craft Spirits is the oldest and most respected spirits competition dedicated to producers of craft spirits. We accept US and International entries in all classes and categories of distilled spirits, RTDs, cocktail bitters, aperitif & fortified wines from ADI Members as well as non-member small and medium-scale producers.
Medals for both the spirit and packaging are awarded only to those judged worthy of recognition. All entrants will receive written feedback with comments from the spirit judges. And, all entrants are evaluated to see if they meet the standards for ADI’s Certification of Craft Spirits at no additional cost or paperwork. Award winners will receive physical awards as well as a digital renderings of all applicable medals, awards and certifications.
For any international spirit not yet exported to the US we also provide a free online COLA Waiver application which allows you to legally ship samples to our competition that do not have a certificate of label approval from the US Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. December 22, 2019 is the last day to apply for the waiver and all spirits registered before December 29, 2019 will automatically receive our early-bird discount, and save $50/spirit entered.
For more information, please go to www.distilling.com/judging, feel free to contact me directly, or click the link to Enter Today!

As well as this, I’ve had a further email offering discounts for certain spirits.

In addition, we have created a few discount codes for international producers who may not be members of ADI. If you know any international spirits that falls into one of the below categories please feel free to share a discount code with them.
Code Group
2020BNIA Armagnac
2020BNIC Cognac
2020IBRAC Cachaça
2020PISCO Pisco
2020AGAVE Mexican Spirits
These codes discount the entry fee for non-ADI members by $100/spirit, which is in addition to the $50/spirit early-bird discount if producers register before December 29, 2019.

I’ve been donning my judges hat at a few competitions now. And, the ADI Judging of Craft Spirits is one of my favourites. There are a fantastic crowd of industry people there, some top spirit connoisseurs. And, not only is it carried out professionally, but it’s friendly and really fun. I would thoroughly recommend checking out their site and considering entry. They receive entries of many different spirits from all over the world, and last year it was our very own Cotswolds Gin that took the gin title.

If you’ve got any questions, do feel free to ask. And, if I can’t answer, I’ll certainly put you in touch with someone who can.

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Win! Tickets to the Taste of London Show, in association with Puerto de Indias!

Have I got a treat for you!

I’ve teamed up with to offer 2 lucky winners tickets to the Taste of London Show!

Puerto de Indias Strawberry Gin is giving you the chance to win 2 tickets to Taste of London next week! Join Puerto de Indias Strawberry Gin in Regents Park for the ultimate foodie paradise, with culinary masterclasses from world-class chefs, cocktail demonstrations and live entertainment!”

There is SO MUCH going on at this show. Rather than me list at all here, click here to be directed to the Taste of London website.

Each winner will win 2 tickets so they can go and take a friend. Tickets are for the evening session, 5.30pm – 9.30pm, Friday 21st June.

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“With spring in the air – finally! – there is no better time to treat yourself to a delicious G&T. Puerto de Indias, the distiller of Puerto de Indias premium gins, has officially launched its hugely popular Strawberry Gin to the UK this month, and its set to tickle customers pink.

With pink gin quickly becoming a favourite in recent months and a firm staple on drinks
shelves across the country, gin lovers will be delighted with the news. Gin has exploded in popularity over the last few years, and it doesn’t look set to stop any time soon.
Amazingly, the first batch of the gin was made by accident after brothers Jose Antonio and Francisco Rodriguez Fernandez were trying to create a strawberry liqueur which resulted in this fashionably fruit-forward Spanish gin.

Puerto de Indias Strawberry Gin is crafted in traditional copper stills in Seville’s oldest
distillery. The worldwide bestseller is made with delicious strawberries grown locally in Seville, with 100% natural ingredients and boasts a deliciously sweet, smooth taste with hints of citrus and aniseed as well as the iconic strawberry flavour. On the nose, the gin explodes with strawberry flavour and a touch of juniper and aniseed, making it the perfect pairing for a premium tonic water.

With a crowd of loyal customers in native Spain amassing sales of six million bottles in 2018 alone, it is the fourth bestselling gin in Spain and ranks on the list of top ten gins worldwide.

The gin takes on the stunning pink colour of the strawberries, giving it a vibrant look, which guarantees to grab attention. The perfect serve for Puerto de Indias Strawberry Gin is over ice, garnished with fresh strawberry slices and a wedge of lime, topped up with premium tonic water.”

So how do you go about winning this glorious prize?

I’ve shared this post via a tweet. Find the tweet (it’s probably what’s led you here, if not you’ll find it pinned to the top of my Twitter profile), comment on it with who you would take and share.

T&Cs: The competition opens 9pm Friday 14th June 19 and closes 9pm Sunday 16th June 19. The 2 winners will be announced Monday, each winning 2 tickets, when I will also contact you for your address to send them. Do keep an eye on your social media as we want to get them out first class asap Monday to ensure they arrive in time for Friday 21st June. One entry per person. Over 18s only.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – TBGC’s gin advent calendar, plus win a bottle of Yuletide gin.

After keeping schtum for the last few weeks, I can talk now without getting too much stick, I hope.

I love Christmas. I’m one of those disgusting Christmas people. I want to put the decorations up asap and spend at least a month inside in front of the tree making Christmas crafts surrounded by all the festive goodies. The cheesy feel good films, the jolly, jingle bell sodden music. I love it all. The way I see it, if you can put the pressures to buy big aside, it really boils down to the opportunity to spend time with those you love the most. And, as life gets increasingly busy, I like to take all the opportunity I can for that.

Bearing this in mind, I’ve got a treat for you. I’ve teamed up with That Boutique-y Gin Company to offer you a festive treat, the opportunity to win a bottle of their Yuletide gin for yourself to share with friends around the fire, or perhaps in front of Die Hard. It is a Christmas film. To me, anyway.

Yuletide gin is just fabulous. It has just about every Christmassy flavour you can possibly imagine, crammed in to one bottle. I’d tell you all of those botanicals, but from the mejool dates to the entire gingerbread house, the list is quite overwhelming. Plus, I’d be repeating myself. I wrote a little bit on their gin last year and with one click you can read the list here. You can buy a 50cl bottle online, but at the end of this post I’ll tell you how you can enter a competition to win one for yourself.

Yuletide Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

TBGC have been very kind to me this year. Not only have they given me a bottle of gin to give away to you fine lot, but they’ve also given me a Boutique-y advent calendar, filled with 24 of their delicious creations. It makes the festive season all the better. Last year I got the pleasure of opening doors to their calendar, in exchange for showing off some of the serves. This year I only had to create one serve which they will post on the day of the gin in the calendar. I already knew what I wanted to do. When the day of my serve comes, I hope that you like it.

Gin advent calendars are really rather popular and I can see why. Last year my December was transformed for having a surprise gin to come home to every day. If you’re interested in getting hold of one of their calendars for yourself or someone you know then you can do that through various sites: Master of Malt, Amazon, 31 Dover and IWOOT. I’ll leave it up to you to decide your preference there.

So, if you’d like to win the gin, just keep an eye out on my Twitter (@TheGinfluence). In the next 24 hours, you’re going to see a simple retweet to win. The competition will run for 3 days and I’ll pick one lucky winner out of my santa hat, to be announced on Friday.

So, keep your eyes peeled and good luck!