Tokyo Whisky & Spirits Competition 2020 Update, Judges to receive a Magical Box
Given uncertain and escalating circumstances of Covid-19 spread in Japan, Tokyo Whisky & Spirits Competition event committee have decided to move forward and hold the judging session remotely for Western-style spirits.
The competition initially scheduled for March 9-11 was cancelled due to event management taking the decision to uphold it due to coronavirus, just like other events across Japan and the world, however the judging session was postponed to May 20-21. Following Japanese government raising the estate of emergency in the country last week, there was no other option but taking the judging remotely.
The 37 appointed panel judges will be sent by mail a box full of booze to conduct their blind tasting in their homes, unlike last year, where saw judges throughout 2 days in Ebisu’s event venue taste by team up to 50-60 spirits, on this occasion each judge will need tasting the entire amount, at least they’ll be at home safe.
This year’s event had the Shochu category being introduced, however there is no further information if this category will also be judged remotely.
Despite other events being cancelled, we welcome the initiate and approach of the committee for upholding the judging in an innovative way, so participants on each category can get their highly awaited awards, to those getting such precious distinction.
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