The New Orleans Spirits Competition (NOSC) presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation (TOTCF) is pleased to announce the 2023 medalists from its second annual competition.

Announced at the Medalist Ceremony at Tales of the Cocktail following the competition’s preliminary judging round held in June and live-judging round held at TOTC on July 24, nine Double Gold, 59 Gold, 178 Silver and 135 Bronze medalists were honored at a ceremony.

Entries were evaluated based on a strict set of criteria, including aromas, flavor, mouthfeel and finish – in a first-of-its-kind public judging by industry experts, including award-winning bartenders, distillers and beverage writers. A total of 433 entrants sent samples for evaluation, of which 24 advanced to the championship round.

Founded in 2022, the NOSC is an international spirits competition bringing wider recognition to fine spirits from top-flight producers across the globe. Held during TOTC’s 21-year anniversary conference, the competition is open to all classes of spirits, domestic and international, and will be judged by a panel of esteemed industry experts and luminaries. This year, NOSC is proud to partner with Imbibe Magazine as the competition’s official 2023 Media Partner.

NOSC Judging + Meet the Distillers

Seated in panels of four, flights of similar spirits were served blind to judges in front of a live audience who witnessed the debate to name top spirits. Guests were invited to participate alongside the judges in the educational tasting. In addition to medalists in each category, judges also determined winners of Spirit of the Year for each class of distilled spirits and Distillery of the Year, which will be announced at Meet the Distillers at Tales of the Cocktail.

More information on eligibility, awards categories, submission guidelines and the official registration application may be found on

NOSC is proud to share the dynamic and illustrious group of judges who served on the preliminary 2023 NOSC panel:

Ashley Barnes, co-founder and master blender at the Spirits Group

Benjamin Padrón Novoa, co-founder of Licoreria Limantour

Brett Pontoni, specialty spirits buyer at Binny’s Beverage Depot

Brian Christensen, editor and publisher of Artisan Spirit Magazine; the Journal of Distilling Science; Still Talking Podcast; the Society of Spirit

Bridget Albert, senior director of external communications at Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits; founder of the National Charity Foundation of the United States Bartenders’ Guild

Chantal Tseng, Bar-Somm, the Gibson and

Danny Ronen, founder of DC Spirits

Elayne Duff, Beverage Brand Ambassador Academy; director of advocacy at Samson & Surrey

Garnett Phillip, bar owner of the Rogers Garden & the Rum Bar BK

Geoffrey Wilson, leadership staff at Turning Tables NOLA

H. Joseph Ehrmann, owner of ELIXIR; founder of Cocktail Ambassadors; executive vice president, National Accounts and Chief Mixology Officer at Fresh Victor

Jason Heiligenberg, winemaker and distiller at Huber Winery & Starlight Distillery

Kelli Rivers, senior Sipsmith Gin brand ambassador

Larry Rice, partner at Stupid Good

Laura Cullen, founder of Liberty Consulting

Lauren Patz, head distiller at Redwood Empire Whiskey

Lee Hedgmon, owner, the Barreled Bee; co-pack specialist, Conspirator Beverage

Lisa Wicker, CEO and master distiller for Lexington Brewing and Distilling

Lynnette Marrero, partner and chief mixologist at Delola; liquid creative director Aplós; co-founder of Speed Rack

Matthew Rowley, spirits writer and author

Michael Vachon, co-founder of Maverick Drinks

Molly Wellmann, owner and operator of Molly Wellmann LLC

Monica Wolf, managing partner and co-founder at the Spirits Group

ms. franky marshall, modern bartender, educator, consultant

Nikki Preiss Geyer, co-founder of Preiss Imports

Paul Clarke, editor-in-chief, Imbibe

Peggy Noe Stevens, PNSA founder and president

Roland K Ng, president and founder of the San Francisco Whiskey, Bourbon and Scotch Society

Scott Blackwell, co-owner of High Wire Distilling Co.

Sother Teague, beverage director at Overthrow Hospitality

Tiffanie Barriere, educator, consultant, bartender, drinking coach

Tracie Franklin, founder of Get Spirited Consulting

Vivian Pei, academy chair, Asia for the World’s 50 Best Bars

2023 NOSC Medalists

NOSC is pleased to share the 2023 Medalists on the NOSC website: