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) from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). We will refer international entrants to a consultant that can facilitate the process of applying for a COLA.
For spirits that have not yet received a COLA, we have an entry deadline of May 10, 2022 to allow time for the paperwork process and international shipping.


You will need the following information

Producer's Name, address, email, phone number, and class of spirit, brand name, mash bill or base material, ABV, retail price, time in barrel, secondary barrel(s), description or other notes.


Spirits will be judged in these classes

Agave Spirits, Baijiu (Soju and Shochu), Brandy & Fruit Spirits, Gin, Liqueur, Non-alcoholic, Rum and Cane Spirits, Specialty Spirits, Vodka, and Whisky

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


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.


Directions for

A minimum of 1.5 liters of each spirit entered must be sent to the address specified using FedEx, UPS or another legal carrier. USPS will not deliver distilled spirits. We will begin receiving spirits in April. instructions on where to ship will be sent to entrants by email. Spirits must arrive in New Orleans no later than Friday July 8, 2022. All samples received will be considered the property of New Orleans Spirits Competition.


Price per brand entered

The price per Brand - General entry is $400.00

The price per Brand - Craft entry is $300.00

Packaging Excellence - $25.00