Five leading experts have been announced for the shortlist in this year’s Spirits Communicator of the Year Award from the International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC).
They have been chosen from a flood of nominations for the award which is sponsored by Chivas Brothers, with the winner due to be revealed at the IWSC’s Annual Awards Banquet on November 15. They are:
- Neil Ridley and Joel Harrison, drinks writers and commentators, best-known for their passion for fine spirits and cocktails and books such as Distilled.
- Dave Broom, author, journalist and educator on spirits, with a particular penchant for whisky, with a long list of books to his name.
- Olivier Ward, gin aficionado and co-founder of Gin Foundry, a compendium of gin information and commentary.
- Amanda Victoria, communications director at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society and founder of popular drinks blog, Aperitif Hour, with a background in bartending and a revivalist of the aperitif.
A carefully selected panel of industry experts, master distillers, masters of wine, wine and spirit buyers and sommeliers are brought together to assess the entries, announce the shortlist and determine the winner.
Richard Stoppard, CEO partner businesses and group CMO of IWSC GROUP, said: “We were hugely impressed with the four shortlisted entries, all of whom have proved, against tough competition, their ability to successfully harness the modern world of communicating to convey their message about an age-old topic: spirits.
“The world of communications is becoming more and more diverse, with an ever-increasing number of platforms available for experts to broadcast their message. We are pleased to have the opportunity, thanks to our sponsor Chivas Brothers, to recognise the top talent in this field.”
The Spirits Communicator of the Year award is designed to recognise the individuals whose unique skills and knowledge have enabled them to make an exceptional contribution towards increasing public awareness and interest within this dynamic industry.