Frankfurt International Spirits Trophy
The Frankfurt International Spirits Trophy is the biggest international competition in Germany to invite experienced amateurs to parcipate as jurors.
Amateurs, well-known sommeliers and other international experts taste and judge the spirits together. The goal is to take consumer tastes better into account in the selection.
Sponsored by Frankfurt Mayor Peter Feldmann, it takes place every year in the historical hall of the famous Gesellschaftshaus Palmengarten, which dates back to 1870 and is located in the heart of Frankfurt-on-the-Main.
The competition has strong ties to the restaurant world and is represented each year by an honorary president of renown (famous German Michelin star chef). For the 2018 edition, Andreas Krolik, chef at the Lafleur restaurant in Francfort (two Michelin stars), is the Honorary president of the Frankfurt International Trophy.
In 2018, the competition opens its doors to spirits
The spirits competition includes 157 different categories to guarantee a precise selection for buyers and a wide choice of spirits for consumers.
Consumers can be confident in their purchase of spirits awarded medals by the Frankfurt competition: they have been rigourously selected. Both buyers and consumers profit from the high standards of the ISO-9001 certified competition and the ‘consumer opinion’ expressed on each medal-bearing bottle.
It’s an opportunity for the selection of spirits to take full advantage of the notoriety that the competition already enjoys with buyers and consumers.
Highest standards of tasting rules
The Frankfurt International Spirits Trophy has 157 categories so that every type of spirit in the extensive family of spirits can be judged seriously and with respect.
An international jury composed of experts, distillers, journalists from the specialized press and sommeliers blind-taste and mark the spirits. They are evaluated according to type, region, age and alcohol content. To avoid influencing judges, samples are not presented in their original bottles, but are placed in neutral, numbered bottles.
The competition also welcomes experienced amateurs to its juries, so that consumers’ tastes can be taken into account in the final marks. These amateurs are chosen for their aptitude and experience in tasting.
To guarantee buyers and consumers a real selection of the best products, the competition awards medals to no more than a third of the samples presented.
More than 2250 wines, beers and spirits from 40 countries from around the world were tasted in Frankfurt on 7 April 2018.
80 experienced amateurs accompanied by 220 experts from 20 countries met in the historical hall of the famous Gesellschaftshaus Palmengarten, which dates back to 1870.
There they tasted and acclaimed the world’s best wines, beers and spirits. In all, the tasters awarded medals to more than 700 wines, beers and spirits.