Nordic Spirits Awards

Words by Sammy Hemmings

Photography by Nordic Spirits Awards

The inaugural Nordic Spirits Awards 2020 seeks to recognise and celebrate the international craft spirits sector.

The Copenhagen-based spirits awards set out to showcase products which illustrate quality and passion within the craft spirits sector. Registration is now open until 13th October 2019.

Head of communications at Nordic Spirits Awards, Rune Rastad, commented, "The craft spirit industry has been growing in recent years, and we want this competition to support that development. Hopefully our competition can give the award winners a well-deserved sales boost."

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Who can enter?

The Nordic Spirits Awards deem a craft spirit as "inspired by colleagues in the industry. Craft products are produced in small, independent distilleries. Annual productions max 300,000 bottles. The product must be free of artificial additives, flavour, extracts, sugar substitutes, preservatives and GMOs."

Entries can be entered into one of seven categories: vodka, rum, gin, whisky, aquavit, liqueur and free form spirits. Three medals will be awarded, gold, silver and bronze, in each category. There will also be the additional awards of Judges Choice, Best Value For Money and Best New Product across all categories.

The judging panel

Nordic Spirits Awards have gathered leading Nordic restaurateurs, bartenders and journalists to form their expert judging panel, including Nick Kobbernagel Hovind, operations manager at Ruby, Yunus Yildiz, bar owner and manager at Svanen Oslo, Ola Carlson, bar owner of Bar Hommage and Rene Jensen, chef at Pony in Copenhagen. Take a look at the complete judging panel here.

All products submitted to the awards will be blind tasted and judged on aroma, appearance, taste and finish.

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Christian Tang, owner of Kyros & Co and Nordic Spirits Awards 2020 judge

Watch the video above to discover Christian Tang's views on the craft spirits industry and his motivations for joining the Nordic Spirits Awards judging panel.

How to register

The deadline for registration to the Nordic Spirits Awards is 13th October 2019. You can register your products here and the price per submission is €175.

The award winners will be announced at Vang & Bar in Copenhagen on 4th February 2020. Following the awards, all winners have the opportunity to display their Nordic Spirits Awards medal on their online and print promotions.

For more information, please go to or email Rune Rastad.

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