Meet Our Judges

We take great pride in having some of the top spirits buyers judging in our trade buyer only spirits competition.  Most of these buyers have been judging with us for many years in our competitions. The judges value the blind tasting judging process by category and price. Many future buying decisions are made during the competition process.

Below is our current roster of judges. Check back often for updates! 

Miguel Aranda
Vintry Wine & Whiskey
John Bush
Owner of Black Emperor Bar
Frank Caifa
Stayton Room
Flavian Desoblin*
Partner of Brandy Library
Christina Helmer
The Cabinet
Darnell Holguinn
Beki Mann
Spirits Buyer at Gramercy Wine
Franky Marshall
Pat McCarthy*
Spirits Buyer at World of Liquor
Tim Miner
Death & Co
Marlon Paltoo*
Spirits Buyer at Park Ave. Liquor
Ben Rojo
Black Emperor Bar
Francis Schott
Founder of Stage Left
Lucinda Stirling
Seaborne & Middle Branch
Tommy Tardie*
Owner of Flatiron Room and Fine & Rare
Masashiro Urushido
Founder of Katana Kitten
*Whiskey Panel Judges

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