Welcome to The Drammys, New Zealand’s Whisk(e)y Awards. Launched in 2018 with the
primary objective to grow the whisky category and celebrate the best worldwide whiskies
on offer in the New Zealand Retail market.

  • International Whisky World (Canada/Japan/Australian)

  • International Whisky USA

  • International Whisky Ireland

  • New Zealand Whisky

  • Scotland Origin Non Aged Blendedd

  • Scotland Origin Non Aged Single Malt

  • Scotland Origin Single Malt Under 12YO

  • Scotland Origin Single Malt 13-16 YO

  • Scotland Origin Single Malt 17-20YO

  • Scotland Origin Single Malt 21YO and Over

  • Scotland Origin Blended Whisky Under 12YO

  • Scotland Origin Blended Whisky 12YO and Over

  • Scotland Origin Peated

The Drammys 2021 are now closed for submissions.

Judging will take place 22nd – 24th March 2021.

Entry Fees:  
One whisky submission:  $75.00 +gst per whisky
Two – nine submissions: $65.00 +gst per whisky
Ten or more submissions: $55.00 +gst per whisky


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For any more information please contact us at info@thedrammys.co.nz

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Best in Show Winner 2020

The Balvenie Portwood 21YO

Despite strong competition, the judges decision was unanimous. Finished in 30 year old port casks to enhance and develop its taste without losing its original characteristics, The Balvenie Portwood is a creamy, silky Scottish single malt. The fruit, honey and spice notes, followed with a gentle nutty finish made this 21 year old a stand out entry and worthy Best in Show winner. 

Click here to view the full list of 2020 winners

Mikey Ball

Mikey Ball is a hospitality professional with more than a decade of international experience, including serving as head bartender at the award winning Dandelyan In London. Originally from New Zealand, Mikey has returned to NZ with a focus on developing the local hospitality community through training, consultancy and several special projects.

Nick Ravenhall

A dedicated whisky geek, Nick is the Managing Director of Edinburgh’s Holyrood Distillery. He left NZ in 2007 after winning the NZ Bartender of the Year title; and has gone on to a stellar career within the global spirits industry having been recognised as a Keeper of the Quaich, Rectifier of the Gin Guild, Freeman of the Worshipful Company of World Traders a double award winner of the Queens Award for International Trade; and now the first New Zealander to lead a Scottish single malt whisky distillery.

Sarah Elsom

Cardrona’s Master Distiller, Sarah Elsom, is an extraordinary lady with an incredible depth of knowledge.  Sarah started her career as a winemaker, before entering the world of distillation

Rory Donnelly

Rory has been working in the whisky industry for over a decade. Hailing from the area surrounding the Old Bushmills Distillery, and currently heads up the role of Spirits ambassador for the Beam Suntory whisky family at Cocoa-Cola Amatil.

Jack Potter

Jack worked in Scotland for Glenfiddich where he gained experience in brand education, consumer engagement and all things Whisky More recently, Jack worked for Chivas in an engineering capacity, developing an energy efficiency project for one of Chivas’ smaller distilleries – Glentauchers.

Phil Spector

Phil has worked in some of the world’s most awarded venues – including bars in both Sydney and London recognised on the World’s 50 Best list. Having returned to New Zealand, he has now taken the role as National Brand Ambassador for Glenfiddich and The Balvenie.

Kenny Ariaens

Kenny’s journey and experience has taken him from student pubs to cocktail bars, then on to beverage consultant in South East Asia and after returning home, into the realm of Brand Ambassador life. His passion for educating people on whisk(e)y, the history and its many tales is what he enjoys most!

Tash McGill

Tash McGill has been tasting whisky as long as she can remember, but has been judging and reviewing spirits for the last 15 years. Her experience ranges from whisky judging and hosting tastings to cocktail competitions and monthly columns for leading hospitality and food publications.


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