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Registration is now open for the American Distilling Institute is pleased to announce the 2012 Judging of Artisan American Spirits at Huber’s Starlight Distillery February 27-28, 2012. Rums, Brandies and Whiskies will be judged in a blind tasting by a panel of select judges. Deadline to register spirits is Friday January 27, 2012.

Rums will be judged in the following categories;

Clear Rum

Amber Rum

Aged Rum

Overproof Rum

Spiced Rum

Fruit-flavored Rum

Whiskies will be judged in the following categories:

Malt Whiskey


Wheat Whiskey

Corn Whiskey

Rye Whiskey

Un-aged Whiskey

Other Whiskey

Brandies will be judged in the following categories;

Brandy from grapes


Aged brandy from other fruits (apple, cherry, peach, pear, plum, raspberry and other)

Un-aged brandy from other fruits (apple, cherry, peach, pear, plum, raspberry and other)

Fruit Infusions (fruit infusions into a fruit-based spirit)

ADI will evaluate spirits made in one DSP in separate categories from those from products that include spirits distilled at other facilities.

Packaging Award -- ADI will also award innovative packaging. Bottles will be judged on overall originality, creativity, graphic design, integration of bottle design to label style, and aesthetic appeal. Each spirit submitted for judging will also be considered for the packaging award. Producers who wish to enter spirits for whom there is no category, may enter bottles for only the packaging award.

Deadline for sprits registration is Friday, January 27, 2012. All spirits must arrive in Indiana for judging by Friday February 10, 2012 to be considered - no exceptions. Judging will be held Monday-Tuesday, February 27-28 at Huber’s Starlight Distillery in Borden, IN. Medals will be announced at ADI’s annual conference, April 1-4, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

For complete information go to http://www.distilling.com

Only craft producers who are 2012 ADI members are eligible for entry.

For questions that are not answered there, contact ADI’s Judging Director Andrew Faulkner drew@distilling.com, 415-517-7377.

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