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How to Enter Spirits


What Spirits may Enter?

Distilled spirits that are legal to serve in the United States are eligible to enter the spirits competition.
Spirits that are not yet distributed in the United States must receive a Certificate of Label Approval (COLA) or COLA waiver from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).
For spirits that have not yet received a COLA, the entry deadline is April 12, 2024, to allow time for the paperwork process and international shipping. Separate shipping instructions for international spirits will be provided.


Spirits will be judged in these classes

Agave Spirits, Baijiu (Soju and Shochu), Brandy & Fruit Spirits, Gin, Liqueur/Infused/Aromatized, Non-alcoholic Elixirs, Ready-to-Drink Cocktails, Rum and Cane Spirits, Specialty Spirits, Vodka, and Whisky

NOLA Spirits Competition reserves the right to reclassify as staff considers appropriate.


Important Dates to Remember

February 13, 2024 - Early-bird deadline

April 12, 2024 - Deadline for spirits not yet distributed in the USA

April 26, 2024 - Deadline for spirits already legal to market in the USA

May 3, 2024 - Spirits Shipments Must Arrive


Preparing this information before you start will help you fill out the entry form

To help sort the hundreds of entrants into like products, we will ask the producer's name, address, email, phone number, brand name, mash bill or base material, ABV, retail price, time in barrel, secondary barrel(s), description or other notes. One important piece of information we will need is the 14-digit Certificate of Label Approval number. If you do not know the COLA number, you may search for it in the TTB's public COLA Registry. If you cannot find it, we will be happy to help: contact us.

Other information like social media handles will be useful in helping promote winnings but are not required to complete the form. 
If in filling out the form you do not know an answer, please choose "other" and continue. You may go back and change information up until the registration deadline expires.


To be Announced at Tales of the Cocktail

Double Gold, Gold, Silver and Broze Medals, Best of Category, Whiskey of the Year, Brandy of the Year, Gin of the Year, Baijiu of the Year, Vodka of the Year, Agave Spirit of the Year, Specialty Spirit of the Year, Liqueur of the Year, Best New Product, Best Craft Spirit, Packaging Excellence, and Distillery of the Year.


Price per brand entered

The price per Brand; General entry is $450.00, Import entry $550, Craft entry $400.00

Early-bird pricing; General entry $400.00, Import entry $500, Craft entry $350.00, (good through February 13, 2024)


Directions for

Carefully pack a minimum of 1.4 liters of each distilled spirit.
Bitters producers may send 400 ml.
RTDs: Canned, carbonated cocktails, please send eight cans. In bottles, send 2.25 liters. Non-carbonated cocktails please send a minimum of 1.4 liters.

Ship bottles using pulp, corrugated bottle shippers, or inflatable bottle bags. Please do not use packing peanuts. An additional $25 disposal and cleanup fee will be charged for including styrofoam peanuts in the box.

Mark all boxes as “Samples Materials: Not for Resale.” To make it easier to check-in your spirits, please tape the QR codes from the packing slip for each of your entries on the outside of each box. All samples received will be considered the property of New Orleans Spirits Competition.

Please use FedEx, UPS, DHL or another legal carrier for alcohol.
Do not use the United States Postal Service. USPS will not deliver distilled spirits.
Spirits must arrive no later than Friday May 3, 2024.


Address to be announced.

If we didn't answer all your questions,
please drop us a note or give us a call.

720 Mandeville Street

New Orleans, LA 70117

+1 (504) 322-4664

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