Blind Tasting Competition
Join the competition!
For years, whisky fans from all over the world have been looking forward to the annual Whisky Blind Tasting Competition. In 12 consecutive days, whisky fans are asked to give their best guess of the whiskey they are tasting blind. The results are processed daily in a ranking where spectacular shifts are the rule rather than the exception. Many well-known whisky tasters have participated in recent years and even more whisky amateurs have discovered their talent for analyzing whisky. Due to the very specially selected mix of whiskys that are tasted during the competition, the Blind Tasting Competition is not only a competition, but also a journey of discovery according to your own taste and preferences. In addition, it offers enthusiasts the opportunity to taste exclusive and non-regular whiskies. In recent years, for example, the Feis Isle, vintage Glen Fagler and cask ends from Cadenhead have been part of the tasting.
This year it is once again up to Best of Whiskies to organize this exclusive blind tasting for the second time in a row. We are looking forward to it!
How does it work?
The Blind Tasting Competition sample box contains 12 whisky samples, numbered 1 to 12 and can be purchased on the Best of Wines website. The competition will start on November 8, which means that sample number 1 must be tasted and analyzed on November 8th before 22:00 CET. Each participant can indicate the following under his or her name: distillery, region of origin, age and alcohol percentage. After 22:00 CET, the registration of the sample closes and it will be announced which bottle it concerns. Based on the answers, participants are awarded points daily and the ranking is drawn up and announced.
How do I participate?
Go to Best of Whiskies and order the sample box. An account is automatically created with the order. After completing the order, an extra button will be added to the account page that gives access to the Blind Tasting Competition. And that's it!
For those who prefer not to participate under their own name, there is the possibility to participate under a nickname.
What are the costs?
Exclusive and special whiskies are collected for six months as part of the Blind Tasting Competition. You will certainly not find the 'normal' whiskies.. The price for 12 samples is 49 euros, excluding VAT and transport costs.
Are there any prizes to win?
Of course! First of all, there is of course the eternal fame and the honor of having participated in the Blind Tasting Competition 2021. In addition, the 3 participants with the highest score can earn nice prizes, which can be used as a voucher with an order at Best of Whiskies.
1st place: €250,-
2nd place: €100,-
3rd place: €50,-
For participants: about the competition
The whiskies that will be tasted are selected as follows:
- All samples are Scotch single malt whiskies
- Consecutive samples will never come from the same region
- Each region occurs at least once during the competition
- The minimum alcohol percentage is 43%
The following information must be entered (via dropdown box):
- The distillery (40 points)
- The region (20 points)
- The age (max 20 points, 10 points deduction for each year difference)
- Alcohol percentage (20 points, 1 point deducted for every 0.1% difference)
- The rating of the whisky. No points can be earned here, but we ask this to determine the best whisky in the competition according to the participants.
Looking back at the Blind Tasting Competition 2020:
In 2020, Best of Whiskies organised the Blind Tasting Competition for the first time. Partly due to the positive reactions, we are happy to organize a new edition of this blind test competition again this year.
Participants of the competition came from The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Estonia, Scandinavia, America, Japan, Taiwan, Israel, Canada and South Korea. During the previous edition, we often received nice reactions from pleasantly surprised tasters when the bottle of the day was revealed. Bottles that were very much appreciated last year were, among others, these beautiful ones:
24 Years Old Ledaig Whiskynerds
Longrow 17 Years Old Single cask For the Netherlands
Croftengea 15 Years Old M.Wigman They Inspired Edition No.4 Catherine the Great
Tobermory 25 Years Old Kintra Whisky Single Cask Collection Cask 5013
Longmorn 15 Years Old North Star Spirits Cask Series 010 63.1%
Glenfarclas The Masters Selection 9 Years Old Cask 2777 59.6%
Blind Tasting Competition
Click here to order the sample set for the blind tasting competition.