Standard Product of the Year VODKA– (GOLD)
Winner: IICE Vodka
The product tasting was based on blind tasting like its previous edition by an esteemed European Jury who came down to India especially for the tasting session. The three day blind tasting session was held in Mumbai where over 200 Indian alcobev products were sampled by the international jury.
The jury consisted of:
Prof. Giorgio Colli, Professor and Journalist, Italy
Member of Italian Academy of Gastronomy and Association de Sommellerie International (ASI). Judging major international wines and spirits competitions for over 20 years which includes – Vinalies Internationales in Paris, Mundus Vini and ISW in Germany, Concours Mondial and ITQI Superior Taste Award in Brussels, etc.
Bernhard Schafer Writer and Spirits Expert, Germany
For his active role in Scotch whisky, he was made a Keeper of the Quaich in 1996 and a Master of the Quaich in 2007. He is judging as expert jury member at several international competitions, i.e. IWSC in UK and ISW in Germany.
Mr. Bartholomous Fink
Owner of a distillery which produces whiskies and brandies since 2007. He regularly judges various competitions but this is the first time in India.
Mr. Uwe Christansen, Mixologist, Germany
Owner of Christiansen’s Bar in Hamburg. Author of “Mixed Emotions – Cocktail recipes for every mood”. Expert jury member at ISW in Germany
Dr. Binod K Maitin, Independent Technical Consultant, India
Four decades of experience in Analytical and Sensory sciences including 25 years with United Spirits Limited and headed USL Corporate Technical Centre for 14 years. A Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry, London. Judging various categories of spirits as expert panel of judges in IWSC in the UK and ISW in Germany for last 9 years.