Fancy becoming a gin judge for the day?

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Gin lovers, look alive - we’ve got your perfect away day…

Many of us are partial to a G&T come the weekend - but what if you could try out a whole range of the good stuff, entirely for free?

The People’s Drinks Awards are looking for a new host of judges to help them carry out a series of blind tastings.

Would-be candidates will try out a series of world’s most exciting spirits at a boozy extravaganza in London this autumn.

The competition is the only one of its kind in the UK to be judged entirely by consumers, which means you and your penchant for a fine tipple takes centre stage.

If you’re selected for the role, you’ll travel to the capital where you’ll be briefed on how to become the perfect judge, followed by a day knocking back tasters with your fellow panel members, as you discover emerging brands and help to crown a winner.

You’ll also be sent home with a clutch of booze-related goodies for your efforts.

But which gin is the queen of them all? Decisions, decisions…

To be in with a chance of judging the contest, all you have to do is register your interest with an email to, and then fill out a short questionnaire sent in return.

It you’re an aficionado when it comes to a particular drink, so much the better. 

Categories in the competition include everything from Irish whisky to rum and the potent Mexican spirit, mezcal.  

The People’s Drinks Awards is now in its second year (indie upstart Brighton Gin was named champion in 2017).

“We love this idea of consumers championing their favourite products and brands, who is better placed to judge than the customers who actually buy drinks?” says the contest’s co-founder, Henry Hutton.

“We’ve been delighted with the amount of entries we have received, and now we need more judges than ever before!”

That’s your cue, gin fiends: go forth and conquer…

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Anna Brech

Anna Brech is a freelance journalist and former editor for Her six-year stint on the site saw her develop a vociferous appetite for live Analytics, feminist opinion and good-quality gin in roughly equal measure. She enjoys writing across all areas of women’s lifestyle content but has a soft spot for books and escapist travel content.