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About the awards

The World Cognac Awards are the global awards selecting the very best in all internationally recognized styles of cognac. Presented by TheDrinksReport.com, the world’s no.1 online resource for drinks professionals, the World Cognac Awards select, reward and promote the world’s best cognac to consumers and trade across the globe.

Every entrant receives…
  • A personalized World Cognac Awards tasting note
  • Invitation to the World Cognac Awards final round tasting in London

    Winners receive…
  • Extensive coverage on WorldCognacAwards.com
  • High resolution logos
  • International, regional and national coverage targeting beer consumers and trade buyers
  • Boxed set: inclusion in the World Drinks Awards boxed set, featuring the winners
  • Point of sale materials including: stickers and collarets with your award in corporate collars
  • All country and world winners are featured in the annual Best Spirits publication

    Medals, Certificates and Trophies receive…
  • Medal, certificate and logo pack
  • Country certificate and logo pack
  • World Style certificate and logo pack
  • World’s Best Trophies, certificate and logo pack

    Taste categories

    Superior Quality
    V.S
    V.S.O.P
    X.O

    Design categories

    1 |Label design
    This includes all aspects of on-bottle brand/product communication, including the application of any direct printing onto bottle, capsule or closure, as well as paper and film labels and sleeves. The pack will be judged on the overall design and quality of materials, print, decoration and application.
    2 |Presentation
    This applies to the secondary, outer, presentation packaging, such as cartons, boxes, cases, plinths, chests etc. The presentation will be judged on the overall effect with the bottle in place.
    3 |Travel retail exclusive
    Packaging created specifically for sale in the duty-free / travel retail market
    4 |Limited edition
    This category applies to pack designs where the number produced was limited, such as for a special production, occasion or season.
    5 |Redesign / relaunch
    This category refers to a new or refreshed packaging design created for an existing product and introduced to the market after February 1, 20i6. A picture or sample of the previous packaging must be supplied along with a description of what changes have been made and why
    6 |New launch
    Packaging for a new product launched after February 1, 20i6
    7 |Brand design
    This is a packaging design that carries through and unites a range or ‘family’ of different products from one producer or brand.

    The judging process

    TASTE

    The taste judging is held in three rounds.

    Round 1
    Each cognac is tasted in its relevant category to identify and select the category winners. Judges making up the World Cognac Awards panel include international, leading journalists, specialist drinks retailers and industry experts.

    Round 2
    The ‘Best’ cognac in each category are then tasted against each other to select the World’s Best Cognac. Judges at this stage include those in

    DESIGN
    All DESIGN judging is conducted by a panel of leading international design experts.

    Please send 3 bottles. If you have entered only in design, please only send 2 bottles.

    Shipping

    We are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with Procurus to provide a door to door shipping service exclusively for World Cognac Awards entrants.

    You only have to enter and pack, they will do the rest. Have you registered your entries already? Login to your account to book your shipment now.

    If you wish to ship your entries yourself, please send them to the address supplied in your account. If you are shipping your entries yourself, please ensure that all customs, clearance and any associated costs have been paid. If these are not paid, World Cognac Awards can either not accept the entries or will have to invoice any costs occurred, including a £25.00 administration fee.

    Shipping deadline: All samples need to be received by 15 December 2018


    Shipping Addresse


    c/o Procurus Ltd
    Cliff Road Industrial Estate
    Cliff Road
    Ipswich
    IP3 0AY

    Contact: Heidi Seaman
    Email: heidis@procurusgroup.com
    Phone: +44 (0)1394 799 024



    For any enquiries regarding your shipments, please contact
    info@worlddrinksawards.com Anita Ujszaszi

    Rates

    Early Entry Rates - only until 15 October

     1 entry2 entries3 entries4+ entries
    Sterling
    Taste & Design£238 + VAT each£228 + VAT each£218 + VAT each£208 + VAT each
    Design£162 + VAT each£157 + VAT each£152 + VAT each£147 + VAT each
    Taste or Design£162 + VAT each£157 + VAT each£152 + VAT each£147 + VAT each
    Euro
    Taste & Design€308 each€298 each€288 each€278 each
    Design€207 each€202 each€197 each€192 each
    Taste or Design€207 each€202 each€197 each€192 each
    USD
    Taste & Design$400 each$385 each$370 each$355 each
    Design$273 each$263 each$253 each$243 each
    Taste or Design$273 each$263 each$253 each$243 each
    Canadian Dollar
    Taste & Design$440 each$425 each$410 each$395 each
    Design$310 each$300 each$290 each$280 each
    Taste or Design$310 each$300 each$290 each$280 each

    Standard rates

     1 entry2 entries3 entries4+ entries
    Sterling
    Taste & Design£245 + VAT each£235 + VAT each£225 + VAT each£215 + VAT each
    Design£167 + VAT each£162 + VAT each£157 + VAT each£152 + VAT each
    Taste or Design£167 + VAT each£162 + VAT each£157 + VAT each£152 + VAT each
    Euro
    Taste & Design€315 each€305 each€295 each€285 each
    Design€210 each€205 each€200 each€195 each
    Taste or Design€210 each€205 each€200 each€195 each
    USD
    Taste & Design$410 each$395 each$380 each$365 each
    Design$280 each$270 each$260 each$250 each
    Taste or Design$280 each$270 each$260 each$250 each
    Canadian Dollar
    Taste & Design$460 each$445 each$430 each$415 each
    Design$320 each$310 each$300 each$290 each
    Taste or Design$320 each$310 each$300 each$290 each

    Terms & conditions

    All must be made online.
  • Entries are only accepted on a completed online entry form with the appropriate entry fee.
  • Any entry form which arrives incomplete, late or illegible and any product which is late or damaged may be deemed invalid.
  • If an entry is withdrawn by the due date or disqualified, the entry fee will be returned subject to an administration charge of 50% of the entry fee. Products will be retained by the Organiser.
  • The judges’ decision on all matters is final.
  • The Organisers may, at their discretion, refuse to accept an entry.
  • The Organisers may alter the closing date for the awards, place an entry in the most appropriate style, rule that an entry may not compete or is ineligible to compete, or alter the date, time or place on or at which the awards are scheduled to take place.
  • The Chair of Judges has the power to disqualify any entry not deemed as meeting the entry criteria.
  • These rules are governed by the laws of the UK.
  • Please note: bottles will not be returned.
  • Our policy on unreturned bottles is as follows:
  • Opened bottles may be poured at trade and consumer events to promote the individual brand
  • Closed bottles may be distributed to individual charities on a case by basis, or presented for auction, all proceeds going to charity.
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