Rules & Registration
2019 Honey Spirits Competition
The National Honey Board is in search of the best spirits made with honey for the 2019 Honey Spirits Competition.
The Honey Spirits Competition is hosted by the National Honey Board to recognize the best honey spirits in the country.
A spirit distilled from 100% honey, the fermented juice of honey, wine of honey, honey wine or mead. Spirits in this category must be distilled solely from honey or fermented honey wine without the addition of more than 49% by volume of alternative sugars.
Same requirements as Spirits Distilled from Honey, but the use of fruits, herbs and spices is allowed. The distilled spirit must contain at least 51% honey.
The Honey Spirits Competition is open to all active distilleries operating within the United States that commercially produce honey spirits in the following categories: vodka, gin, bourbon/whiskey, rum, tequila/mezcal, liqueurs/specialty spirits, brandy, spirits distilled from honey and spirits distilled from honey – flavored. Multiple entries per category will be accepted, but each spirits may only be entered in one category.
Registration for the competition is free! However, all registrations must be submitted by TBD. All registered entries must be submitted by TBD. Each distillery may submit multiple entries per category into the competition as long as the styles are within our guidelines. All applicants must complete the required entry form below to be considered registered for the competition.
All entries will receive judges notes.
All entries will be judged for the spirit and for the packaging.
All winners will receive a physical medal and a digital seal for use on packaging and promotional materials.
All entrants must submit at least two 750ml bottles, or the equivalent of, to:
National Honey Board
23 Rose Court
Glen Carbon, IL 62034
Each entrant is responsible for shipping costs.
Entry shipping deadline TBD.
- Fill out the registration form on the following page by TBD
- Submit at least two 750ml bottles, or the equivalent of, to: National Honey Board, 23 Rose Court, Glen Carbon, IL 62034
- Distilleries may submit multiple entries per category, but each spirit may only be entered in one category.
- Spirits must use honey, either as a distillate or as a sweetener to enhance the product
- Distillery must be operational, which means that it must be actively distilling spirits in a licensed/permitted location
- Distillery must have a federal TTB (U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) Basic Permit
- Spirits must be commercially available
- Spirits must be available in the United States
- Entrants will be responsible for shipping costs
- Shipments must include a note or label inside the box that includes the distillery’s name, name of spirit and category which you wish to compete
The Honey Spirits Competition will take place in St. Louis, Missouri in 2019. The judging will be closed to the public.
The Honey Spirits Competition seals will be awarded on a merit basis by a majority vote. Judges are asked to evaluate the spirits in silence until everyone on the panel has finished their evaluation. A moderator records the judges’ votes.
Spirits are presented to judges in a blind tasting format. Judging is absolutely anonymous; no spirit bottles are visible to the judges at any time until the competition is over. No judge may evaluate a product in which he/she has a stake or ownership. Judging is not based on personal preference, but by product quality and the use of honey in the spirit.
The judges’ decision is final and awards will not be changed after the judging is finished. The Honey Spirits Competition will be judged by industry experts and the winners will be announced in 2019 on honeyspiritscompetition.com.
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