I am a spirits writer, Editor and consultant specialising in whisky. I have been a drinks writer since 1991, and a whisky writer since 2001. I have written 16 books mainly about whisky, but I have also written about gin, rum and craft beer. My main interest has been in the field of what I term ‘New World Whisky’- whisky made outside the five traditional whisky producing regions. I ran the Wizards of Whisky Awards for 10 years to highlight the best of new whisky producers and in 2021 I launched the free to enter New Wizards Awards to honour new distillers and whiskies, no matter how small they are.
The Wizards are dead…
After 10 wonderful years championing the best of New World whiskies, I’ve decided it’s time to give them a makeover and replace them with something altogether more exciting and different.
The Wizards of Whisky World Whisky Awards achieved what they set out to achieve. They helped whisky lovers discover there was exciting life beyond the five traditional whisky making territories.
With the advice of Time Duckett at Heartwood, Tasmania, I scrapped the second division term ‘Rest of The World’ and replaced it with ‘New World Whisky’; I stopped comparing Indian whiskies with Swedish ones, and Australian whiskies with French ones; and I dispensed with age categories based on Scottish maturation times.
It has been a delight to see the explosion in world whisky in recent years. But now everyone knows that Belgium, Denmark and Taiwan can make whisky, and everyone is trying to run an awards event to take advantage.
So it is time to move on.
Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to:
Dom Roskrow’s New Wizards Awards (The NWAs)
Launched May 1, 2021
Entry open to any producer who considers themselves small and/or independent, including independent bottlers
No entry fees. No costs at all. No limits on number of entries. No judging panel
Only 10cl to 20cl of liquid required for judging
Awards for distilleries and producers as well as their whiskies
Flexible awards. In addition to the normal awards, innovation, enterprise and initiative will be rewarded. If an award doesn’t exist I’ll make one up (because I can!)
Awards made by me, in consultation with a regional expert when required