Spirits should be entered in the class and category in which the registrant intends it to be judges. While ADI reserves to right to reclassify a spirit it will only do so if there is a compelling reason. Spirits incorrectly classified during registration may receive lower marks. For a list of spirit categories see our submission guidelines
If an international distillery so chooses, they may submit a grain spirit to be judged as a whiskey, as defined in the US Standards of Identity, even if the spirit cannot be labeled whiskey in its country of origin. However, ADI will not judge international grain spirits as a bourbon or Tennessee whisky.
ADI loosely defines Moonshine as spirits marketed as moonshine. ADI will accept spirits distilled from sugar, grain, or hybrids of either that the TTB has designated as Distilled Spirits Specialty. Also, any white whiskey or con whiskey, on which the words moon or shine, or which contains clear references toward moonshine on the label, will be allowed in this category provided it is designated at the time of registration by the entrant.