Spirited Awards® Voting Procedures

2021 Spirited Awards® Voting Procedures

Writing & Media categories

  • A person or establishment may not win the same category two years in a row and is limited to no more than two awards in the same category within five years.
  • Upon receiving all of the nominees and information for each category, each judge will vote online using a ranking system of up to top 5 choices in each category. Judges are required to rank 5, otherwise, judges will choose to abstain from voting.
    • For each category, judges will be asked to make 5 weighted choices.
      • Choice 1 will be weighted with 5 points
      • Choice 2 will be weighted with 4 points
      • Choice 3 will be weighted with 3 points
      • Choice 4 will be weighted with 2 points
      • Choice 5 will be weighted with 1 point
  • Judges’ votes will not be accepted unless all 5 choices were chosen.
  • Judges’ are instructed to conduct outside research i.e. reading media coverage, websites, and listen to podcasts in order to best inform their decision.
  • Judges will have the option to recuse themselves if need be.
  • The winner will be the nominee in each category with the highest number of points. If there is a difference of five points or fewer between candidates in any category, there will be a re-vote among only those candidates.

Helen David Lifetime Achievement Award

The award recipient of the Helen David Lifetime Achievement Award is selected by a committee composed of luminaries from the drinks industry, and has representation from prior winners of both the Helen David Lifetime Achievement Award and Pioneer Award.

Pioneer Award

Nominees for the Pioneer Award are voted on by past inductees of Dame Hall of Fame®.

Timeless U.S. Award and Timeless International Award

The award recipients of the Timeless U.S. Award and Timeless International Award are selected by a renowned committee composed of leading authorities on the drinks industry. Their collective insights and global reach work in tandem to help identify the best establishments eligible for these awards.

2021 Spirited Awards Regional Roundtables

In addition to the limited awards presentation this year, the Spirited Awards will also conduct a series of regional discussions with the global network of 19 Regional Co-Chairs and over 200 Regional Committee Members to identify voices in each Spirited Awards region to identify both existing trends over the past year that have shaped the way the industry has adapted from COVID-19, as well as emerging trends poised to push the spirits community forward. These narratives will be shared at this year’s digital conference during a special series of roundtables, debuted in a special segment at the Spirited Awards Ceremony and shared via social media through the end of the year.

Spirited Awards Committee Code of Conduct

The Foundation aims to recruit Committee Members, including Co-Chairs, Regional Committee Members, and Writing & Media Judges of upstanding character who are diverse, extensively-traveled, recognized within their field, and representative of different-sized markets within their region. Recognizing that diversity is the key to a well-represented committee, TOTCF strives to ensure that we have good representation of gender across the committee.

  • There is a zero-tolerance policy for sexual harassment and discrimination among our Committee Members. Should it come to our attention that a member violates these expectations of conduct, they will be removed from the committee immediately.
  • Committee Members should refrain from discussing nominees, potential winners, and roundtable discussions on social media outlets in the context of the Spirited Awards.
  • Committee Members should not discuss any “votes” with anyone outside of their regional committee or judging committee.
  • Any harassing, campaigning, or other activities meant to sway a Committee Member’s opinion and vote may be considered soliciting, and must be reported to Charlotte Voisey, Overall Chair and Alex Smith, Spirited Awards Director.

View the Writing & Media Judging Requirements & Guidelines for more information

  • Any person or establishment that won an award at last year’s Spirited Awards® is not eligible for nomination in the category for which it won. Also, no person or establishment can win an award more than twice in the same category.
  • Upon receiving all of the nominees and information for each category, each judge will vote online using a ranking system of up to top 5 choices in each category. Judges are required to rank 5, otherwise, judges will choose to abstain from voting.
    • For each category, judges will be asked to make 5 weighted choices.
      • Choice 1 will be weighted with 5 points
      • Choice 2 will be weighted with 4 points
      • Choice 3 will be weighted with 3 points
      • Choice 4 will be weighted with 2 points
      • Choice 5 will be weighted with 1 point
  • Judges’ votes will not be accepted unless all 5 choices were chosen.
  • Judges’ are instructed to only vote for those bars, people, products that they have visited, met or tasted.
  • Judges will have the option to check “not qualified to vote” in each category.
  • The winner will be the nominee in each category with the highest number of points. If there is a difference of five points or fewer between candidates in any category, there will be a re-vote among only those candidates.

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