Jury members
Bamford Didier Belgium

Wine, Whisky and rum importer at DVins.be – Freelance

Barro Helmut Germany

Schlimmerdurst.net blog owner, one of the biggest spirits blogs in Germany – Spirits writer with special focus on how to use good spirits to make even greater cocktails.

Baxter James United Kingdom

Craft Distilling Services Ltd. owner – 35 years experience in fond and drink industry – “Godfather of UK Craft Distilling” after having built 30 distilleries around the UK – Gin recipe developer with more than 80 sold commercially – Pioneer in the development of distilleries as immersive customer experiences

Becheau Emmanuel France

Director at Rhum Expert & Manager Héritiers Crassous de Médeuil – Rhum JM Martinique

Bedu Didier France

Founder of db Consulting – Previously General Manager of reknown Calvados company – Previsouly President of IDAC

Bernet Alexandra France

Business and Sourcing Manager at L’Explorateur du Goût since 2017 – Bordeaux Rhum Festival Co-founder – Worked in the Spirits Industry for 17 years, from the field to the distribution – Retail, On-trade, FMG, FMCG, Travel Retail

Blanco Salvador Spain

International sales director at Samson&Surrey

Boudaric Emmanuel France

International Sales Manager at Tonnellerie Quintessence – ISC

Bouillon Etienne Belgium

Master Distiller & Founder of The Owl Distillery and whisky “The Belgian Owl”

Bourdais Nicolas France

Spirits and Sake writer & columnist – Certified Sake Sommelier – Leading rum magazine “Rumporter” columnist – Collaborator on book “Whisky” by Cyrille Mald – Regular judge in European competitions.

Braud Jean-Luc France

Engineer for Innovation – Technical assistance of wines and spirits group Remy Cointreau – Spirit Drink Consultant

Brocatelli Emanuele Italy

Owner of DRINK|IT – bottled cocktails consultant for Caffè Propaganda start up at Collegio. Co-owner and founder of 47 Barrato and Cocktail d’Autore – Barmanager at Hotel Majestic Rome – Project manager and Start up at Stazione di Posta

Burtschy Bernard France

Wine and Spirits Journalist at Le Figaro & Le Figaro Magazine, as well as numerous publications and specialized websites in China, Japan and Germany – President of Wine French Press Association – Permanent member of European Grand Jury – Contributor to numerous wine and spirits books and guides

Callegari Marco Italy

Trade Marketing Manager at Velier SPA

Campi Francesca Italy
Collijs John Belgium

Founder of Oeno Belgium – The largest Belgian wine & spirits selection in one retail store

Concas Angelo Italy

Sommelier Journalist – Owner and Managing Director at Epulae Accademia Enogastronomica Internazionale – Editor in Chief at Epulae News Food & Wine Magazine

Connor Lee United Kingdom

Spirits Consultant – Educator – Writer – Events Co-ordinator and Brand Representative

Cornu Vincent France

Founder & Director of Armagnac house L’Encantada – Administrator at Bureau Interprofessionnel de l’Armagnac BNIA

D’errico Eugenio Italy

Legal expert at AssoDistil

Darroze Marc France

Ex-Chairman of the “Bureau National des producteurs d’Armagnac” – Owner of the “Armagnac Darroze” house

De Almeida Andre United Kingdom

Drinks Industry Insider & ‘Inside the Cask’ blog owner with focus on drinks, retail and travel – Previously worked with many whisky and spirits brands across the on trade, off trade, prestige and duty free channels

De Bolle Stephan Belgium

30 years experience in the spirits industry – Spirits director at Cinoco Wines & Spirits – 2012 Whisky ambassador of the year at the Belgium international whisky festival of Gent

Dempsey Paul United Kingdom

Sales & Marketing Director for Brave New Spirits, Glasgow-based independant Whisky Bottler & Blending company – Two times Whisky Magazine “Icons of Whisky” nominee – Former UK distributor for several premium Whisky and Spirits producers

Drouin Christian France

Christian Drouin is a representative member of IDAC (Institut des appellations cidricoles – Normandie – France) and he spent most of his life to turn the stock of Calvados. He has published a number of books on Calvados

Dugo Carlo Italy

Founder and CEO of Enosis Ltd Co. – Italian ambassador at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles – Italian ambassador at Spirits Selection by Concours Mondial de Bruxelles

Dutto Carlo Italy

Freelance Journalist and Press Office

Effrat Elana United States

Spirits Brand Manager in NY and NJ for Martin Scott Wines, a member of the Winebow Group. She has been recognized for her commitment to supporting craft distilleries and is a recognized spirits judge for ADI, Taste of New York and International New York Spirits Competition. She also holds accreditations from the Armagnac Academy, Certification T from the CRT and a spirits certificate from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust.

Elliott Jenny United Kingdom

Head of Brand Development at 2EM London – Advisor for start-up drinks brands – Previously worked in sales management, brand and people development for various spirits and beer brands over both the UK and global markets.

Fässler Ilona Switzerland

Head of production & operation – Swiss Spirits Sommerlier

Gardener Jennifer United Kingdom

Founder of Sip Or Mix in 2011 a Spirits Importer, Distributor and Brand Manager – Spirits Specialist currently on Absinthe, Gin, Rum and Liqueurs – Previously worked for a number of brands of Tequila, Pisco, Cachaca etc.

Giboulot Marc France

Oenologist – Consultant in wine and spirits – CEO at Mgconseils W&CBSC

Guillaume Julien France

COO – Cave de Bissey Winemaker at Cellier du Muhlbach R&D Manager – Spirits Category – Grands Chais de France Group

Hamm Claudia Belgium

Owner of Premium Spirits, a brand building company of quality spirits brands since 2002 – Importation and distribution of premium spirits for B2B – Keeper of the Quaich 2014 – Belgian Whisky Ambassador 2010

Herceg Zvonko North Macedonia

President of Macedonian Association of Sommeliers (MASOM)

Hindryckx Dimitri Belgium

Spirits Distributor – Founder of Angel’s Share Tasting – Account manager at Premium Spirits ( Founder of The Spirits Tasting Club

Holland Peter United Kingdom

Sugarcane Spirits Ambassador – Event host – Chair judge for a number of spirits competition – Consultant for rums – Owner of thefloatingrumshack.com

Huijsman Willem Netherlands

Huijsman Consultancy & Trading

Kallivoka Denny Greece

Food, Winne & Spirits Editor – Partner of the Difford’s Guide Greece & Cyrpus – Founder and Executive director of Metron Ariston Making Responsibility a Trend Civil Non Profit Partnership – Founder of Aegean Cocktails & Spirits – Athens Rum & Whisky Festival and Cyprus Cocktail Festival co-organizer.

Kielmayer Kristian Hungary

Wine and Spirit Consultant with key focus on communication, education, sensory and sales support – Advisor for the Hungarian Ministry of Agrictulture on geographic indications for wine and pálinka – Certified winemaker – WSET Diploma holder in wines and spirits – WSET certified Saké expert – Master Roaster

Kyriakopoulou Chrysoula Konstantina Greece

Editor-in-Chief at Athinorama Wine and Spirits Magazine

Laermans Johan Belgium

Purchase & Sales Director for spirits and fortified wines at Young Charly

Levieva Margarita Bulgaria

Editor in Chief Vine & Wine Association

Loreti Lara Italy

Journalist at La Stampa

Maestrelli Maurizio Italy

Journalist – Editor in Chief of “Il Barman” – Beer writer – Beer judge

Maia Mauricio Brazil

Cachaça specialist – Sommelier – Chef – Level 2 degree in spirits WSET – Columnist “O Cachacier” at Paladar on the newspaper “O Estado de São Paulo” – President of “Cúpula da Cachaça” – One of the most requested speakers about cachaça in the world

Maire Floriane France

Spirit Buyer & R&D manager for spirits and drinks at “Les Grands Chais de France”

Mald Cyrille France

Columnist for la Revue du Vin de France & Le Figaro – Author of “Rhum” (Hachette 2022), “Whisky (EPA 2021)” & “Iconic Whisky, world top five most distributed book on spirits – Ambassador of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

Maridaki Antonia Bulgaria

Commercial Manager at Diageo for Europe Partner Markets

Marot Laurence France

Journalist specialised in the world of the spirits, cocktails and beers.

Martín Tejera Maria-Luisa Spain

Wine writer – Hospitality trainer – Blogger

Mathew Paul United Kingdom

Founder of Everleaf Drinks – Bar-owner and drinks consultant – Previously China and SE Asia-based drinks writer and educator

Mirchev Svetlin Bulgaria

Wine and Spirits Consultant EOOD

Musa Barash Bulgaria

Master Distiller and Managing Owner of XKK JSC-Isperih Distillery. Specializes in fruit distillation and ambitious to help turning rakia into the next big thing in the spirits industry.

Nägele Arthur Austria

Founding member of the Spirits Academy of Austria and Switzerland – Worldwide trainer, speaker, advisor and judge for alcoholic beverages – Member of the gin’s guild UK

Neykov Nikolay Bulgaria

Diageo World Class and DBA trade advocacy attendant – Spirit vlogger – Founder and CEO of Example hospitality services and coaching business

Nijs Ulric Belgium

Self-employed beverage consultant – Owner at Bar-Face

Nikoloulia Eleni Greece

Drinks editor & partner of Difford’s Guide Greece & Cyprus – Academy Chair for the “World’s 50 Best Bars” – Co-Founder of the non-profit civil partnership Metron Ariston: Making Responsibility a Tren -Athens Rum & Whisky Festival, Cyprus Cocktail Festival & Aegean Cocktails & Spirits co-organizer

Noguera Laura Mexico

General director at Impulso Sostenible Agavería AC. Writer, researcher, taster and columnist of agave spirits.

Pagnotta Clémence France

Creator of new products for the spirits industry, blending white or aged spirits – Based in Burgundy

Pau Marco Luxembourg

Luxembourg Market Manager at Rémy Cointreau Benelux – Co-Founder of The Spirit Tasting Club

Pavelescu Diana Laura Romania

Member of ADAR (Authorised taster association of Romania) – Wine and spirtis journalist – Diploma WSET in wine and spirits – Judge in local competitions in Romania for fruit spirits.

Pecheux Olivier Luxembourg

Sommelier – Wine & Spirits Sales Manager at Othon Schmitt

Perrone Giuseppe Italy

Co-organizer of Roma Whisky Festival – Owner Whisky & Co in Rome

Pilzer Bruno Italy

Grappa Consultant – Head of Distillery Bruno Pilzer – Fondazione E.Mach Instituto Agrario San Michele all’ Adige TN

Radet Fabien Belgium

Director at Cave Saint Jacques SPRL – Retailer in wines and spirits

Robinson Robin United States

Author of award winning “”The Complete Whiskey Course: A Comprehensive Tasting School in Ten Lessons” – Speaker and teacher on whiskey, spirits, sales and the alcohol industry – Advisor for small brands entering the US marketplace – Previously Compass Box Whisky Company US Brand Manager/Sales Maanger and Brand Ambassador

Salomez Timon Belgium

Independent Spirits Sales and Consulting

Sandhaus Derek United States

Author of “Baijiu: The Essential Guide of Chinese Spirits” and “Drunk in China: Baijiu and the World’s Oldest Drinking Culture” – Co-founder of a Sichuan Baijiu distillery.

Sanfilippo Bruno France

Vinolux Representative

Santini Franco Italy

Journalist at Live Communication Group Srl

Schmitz David Luxembourg

Liquid Department Manager at Cactus Belle Etoile

Schmücking Jürgen Austria

Photographer, writer, judge & speaker in the field of spirits and gastronomy – Master of World Spirits – Master’s degree in Gastrosophy – Working for the magazines Gault&Millau, effillee, falstaff and Kalk & Kegel, a web-publication for sommeliers.

Schuler Johnny Peru

Pisco Expert – President of the Cofradía Nacional de Catadores del Perú – CEO La Caravedo Distillery – Master Distiller – Key Club Restaurant owner – President Pisco Committee ADEX – Author

Scivetti Vincenzo Italy

ONAV Puglia Ambassador – PR & Marketing Consultant in Wine and Spirits fields – Teacher

Setka Michal Czech Republic

Chief Editor at Wine & Degustation Magazine – WSET Educator

Smart Alan United Kingdom

Distilling Market Sales Manager UK at Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits – In charge of quality, sustainable development and spirits – Worked in the development of Lallemand distilled Spirits in Japan – Speaker at Alcohol School and World Distilled Spirits Conferences – Previously worked in many whisky and whiskey companies

Stiévenart Vincent Belgium

Manager at Gervin Distillery – Previously worked in sales and accounting for various drinks and hotel brands

Strand Knud Denmark

Owner at Left Hand Spirits

Terziotti Davide Italy

Writer and Blogger – Co-Founder Distillerie.it – Craftdistilling.it – Whiskyclub – Rum club and Spirit Club Italia

Valeriani Maurizio Italy

Journalist – Editor in Chief at Vinodabere

Van Hecke Michel Belgium

CEO at Bar Home sprl

Van Hoven René Netherlands

Author of “Journey to above the clouds” and “Rum Rebels” – Content writer for several magazines and ezines – Taste Director of Rene’s Rarities – Director of Trips & Taste

Vergier Christian France

French Flying Rum Maker – Spirits Consultant for many rum, whisky and gin brands – Independent Master blender – Oenologist and wine maker in Burgundy.

Vervoort Alain Belgium

Brussels Bar Connector Owner – Academy for Bartender and Barista – WSET Master in Spirit – Pisco College Creator

Weiss Simon Germany

Managing Director and Founder of Idea Distillers GmhH, a company dedicated to consulting in spirits for on and off-trade – Writer about different marketing aspects for spirits

Wolfelsberger Lilian Canada

Owner and master distiller of the Distillery of Montreal

Wurm Klaus Germany

German Master distiller – Founder of Märkische Spezialitätenbrennerei KG in Hagen – Distilling expert in whisky, gin, rum vodka, fruit brandies and liqueurs, with many internationally awarded products