World Spirits Award 2021: The WSA presentation of the “crown jewels”: 13 x Awards, 15 x Spirits of the Year and 12 x Distilleries of the Year
World Spirits Award 2021:
The WSA presentation of the “crown jewels”: 13 x Awards, 15 x Spirits of the Year and 12 x Distilleries of the Year
The “World Spirits Award” is considered by many spirits enthusiasts and producers as the unofficial world championship within the sector. “We have been working towards this position in the market over the last 20 years – with constant fine tuning of quality and innovations.”
The WSA 2021 can once again boast a “full house”, after 50 samples more per year, every year for the past three years. One of the best qualified juries in the world has tasted 439 samples from 114 distilleries this year and rigorously but fairly evaluated them according to WSA definitions with their high level of expertise. The best of the best were distinguished with the coveted “World Spirits Awards”.
For the last four years, the participation curve at the WSA has risen steeply; the WSA has been bursting at the seams in regard to the number of samples and range of products submitted. The colourful flags of the 25 nations taking part also bring colour to the world of spirits. The quality of the tastings, the challenging training of the jury and the separate communication channels (Guide, Spirits Finder Apps with Channel on world-spirits.com and the TV format “Inside World Spirits”) have been praised by participants.
The World Spirits Award has a very special position amongst all international competitions with its classification of distilleries. As well as receiving medals, establishments are classified in the same way as is customary with, for example, the world’s best wines in Bordeaux. The distinctions range from “World Class” to “First Class”, with the top spot being “Distillery of the Year”.
The WSA superstars of 2021
At the “World Spirits Award”, two Austrian enterprises stood out as superstars in the world of spirits: The Styrian Feinbrennerei Tinnauer distillery with its strong and at the same time aromatic fruit distillates, alongside the Viennese liqueur manufacturer Gautier Mückstein & Ellinger. They top the list of those in this select circle.
The dominance of Austrian spirits producers was evident at the WSA 2021:
The league of superstars also includes Destillerie Franz Bauer, Horvath’s Spezereyen Kontor, the microdistillery Bernhard Leitner, the gin magnate Krauss, the German speciality distillery Liebl and Grenada Distillers with their Caribbean rums.
Franz Tinnauer: Styrian superstar
The fruit distillery is a traditional, certified family business run by Franz Tinnauer along with his daughter, Monika. Margarethe is the heart and soul of the residential buildings which nestle on the beautiful Mount Gamlitzberg. Following the motto “TASTEFUL. STYRIAN. STRONG”, distillation takes place entirely from the fruit itself and exclusively in a double distillation procedure to make the richest, fruit-concentrated distillates. In addition, only regional fruit varieties are processed, which mostly come from their own land – quality is, of course, the most important factor. As it is the understanding in the business that alcohol is a carrier for all aromas, all fine distillates contain over 40% alcohol by volume.
The high-proof distillate of approx. 80% alcohol by volume is stored for at least one year, and then there are five graduation levels: Classic – aromatic and very fruity as a clear distillate, at least one year old, at least 42% alcohol by volume; Reserve – at least two years old, at least 50% alcohol by volume; Reserve Zigarrenbrand cigar brandy – at least three years in French oak barrels, at least 50% alcohol by volume; Grand Reserve – special vintages, clear brandies, at least three years matured, cigar brandies stored in barrels at least five years, usually above 60% alcohol by volume. In the product range, which also includes liqueurs and spirits, there is something for every taste, be it mild, sweet or very strong.
The World Class Distillery 2021 (Distillery of the Year 2021 – Gold & World Spirits Award) received double gold for Sauvignon Tresterbrand Reserve (pomace brandy), Birnenquittenbrand Reserve (pear quince brandy), Zwetschken Zigarrenbrand Reserve (damson cigar brandy) (Spirit of the Year 2021) and Roter Williamsbirnenbrand (pear brandy) (Spirit of the Year & World Spirits Award 2021), gold for Zwetschkenbrand (damson brandy), and silver for Wacholdergeist (juniper spirit).
Gautier Mückstein: High percentage spirit with a history
As Austria’s first climate-neutral spirits’ manufacturer, Gautier Mückstein is an advocate for the safeguarding and smart use of valuable resources. Since 1880, this traditional business from Vienna has stood out with a constantly increasing, wide range of products. Spirits, liqueurs and a range of punch varieties are part of the assortment, but classics such as Inländer rum and brandy also promise quality, enjoyment and sustainability.
Over 130 years ago, Wilhelm Hauck started off with a small production hall for spirits, liqueurs and fruit juices in Vienna. Since being taken over by Wilhelm Mückstein in 1948 and the acquisition of the Gautier & Co company in Perchtoldsdorf in 1955, the company has been managed under the name Gautier Mückstein Getränke GmbH. The product range at that time already included various types of punch, liqueurs, vodka and Inländer rum. In 2003, Ing. Florian Mückstein took over the management of the beverage manufacturer. In 2007, Ellinger & Co. was successfully integrated into the company group and the product range expanded to include aromas, essences and raw materials for the food industry. Every year, approximately 700,000 bottles are filled.
In 2019, Gautier Mückstein launched the blossom series and the ChocoLat series. Hibiscus blossom, elderflower, rose blossom and lime put summer in a glass, while the chocolate liqueurs are available in the varieties of nougat, chilli, banana, mint, orange and pear.
The World Class Distillery 2021 (Distillery of the Year 2021 – Silver) received double gold for ChocoLat Mint, ChocoLat Orange (Spirit of the Year 2021), Marzipan Cream Liqueur (Spirit of the Year & World Spirits Award 2021), ChocoLat Chilli and Speculoo Liqueur, gold for ChocoLat Nougat, ChocoLat Banana and Coconut Liqueur, and silver for Amaretto Liqueur and Punschkrapfen Liqueur.
Double Gold & Spirits of the Year as well as Awards 2021 for the group winners
The following distilleries received 8 World Spirits Awards for group wins and 15 Spirits of the Year as variety winner – in different categories:
World-Spirits Award & Spirits of the Year 2021
Aeijst GmbH - Aeijst Peat Gin (Spirit of the Year & World-Spirits Award 2021)
Distillery Cutura - Cutura Cranberry Gin Likör (Spirit of the Year & World-Spirits Award 2021)
Fruchtbrennerei Franz Tinnauer - Rote Williamsbirnenbrand (Spirit of the Year & World-Spirits Award 2021), Zwetschken Zigarrenbrand Reserve (Spirit of the Year 2021)
Gautier Mückstein & Ellinger GmbH – Marzipancreme Likör (Spirit of the Year & World-Spirits Award 2021), ChocoLat Orange (Spirit of the Year 2021)
Käsers Schloss - Rheinbrand Dry Gin Hemp Edition (Spirit of the Year & World-Spirits Award 2021)
Pirker GmbH – Kräuterbitter (Spirit of the Year & World-Spirits Award 2021)
World-Spirits Award 2021
Bienenhof Pausch - Vogelbeerbrand gewonnen durch Mazeration und Destillation (World-Spirits Award 2021)
Brennerei Leitner Bernhard – Hauszwetschke (World-Spirits Award 2021)
Spirits of the Year 2021
Al Ahram - Gianaclis - United Distillery Group - Blue 40 (Spirit of the Year 2021)
Destillerie Franz Bauer GmbH - Bauer Green Panther Kürbiskernlikör (Spirit of the Year 2021)
Edelkorn-Brennerei Jos. Rosche - Rosche - Haselünner Korn (Spirit of the Year 2021)
Feinbrennerei Sasse - Cigar Special (Spirit of the Year 2021)
Hödl Hof Fruchtdestillerie und Spirituosen GmbH - Stone Vodka (Spirit of the Year 2021)
Horvath's Spezereyen Kontor GmbH - Gänserndorfer Limoncello-Cream-Likör (Spirit of the Year 2021)
Spezialitäten-Brennerei & Whisky Destillerie Liebl GmbH - Weinhefe XO 12 Jahre holzfassgereift (Spirit of the Year 2021)
28 distilleries were classified in different categories (from fruit brandy, whisky and grappa to rum). 17 of them can enjoy the award “World Class Distillery”, 7 with “Master Class Distillery” and 4 with “First Class Distillery”.
The classification is not only an international benchmark for distillers but also results in competitive advantages in connection with their own marketing measures supported by “World Spirits”.
Distilleries of the Year 2021
Angostura Limited - Trinidad und Tobago (Distillery of the Year 2021 - Silver) RUM
Brennerei Bernhard Leitner – Österreich (Distillery of the Year 2021 - Silver) OBB
Brennerei Schulze Rötering – Deutschland (Distillery of the Year 2021 - Silver) OBS
Clara Hof Destillerie – Deutschland (Distillery of the Year 2021 - Silver) GIWO
Destillerie Franz Bauer GmbH – Österreich (Distillery of the Year 2021 - Gold & World-Spirits Award) OBS
Distillery Krauss GmbH – Österreich (Distillery of the Year 2021 - Gold & World-Spirits Award) GIWO
Fruchtbrennerei Franz Tinnauer – Österreich (Spirit of the Year & World-Spirits Award 2021) OBB
Gautier Mückstein & Ellinger GmbH – Österreich (Distillery of the Year 2021 - Silver) BILI
Grenada Distillers LTD – Grenada (Distillery of the Year 2021 - Gold & World-Spirits Award) RUM
Hödl Hof Fruchtdestillerie und Spirituosen GmbH - Österreich (Distillery of the Year 2021 - Bronze) GIWO
Horvath's Spezereyen Kontor GmbH – Österreich (Distillery of the Year 2021 - Gold & World-Spirits Award) BILI
Spezialitäten-Brennerei & Whisky Destillerie Liebl GmbH – Deutschland (Distillery of the Year 2021 - Bronze) OBB
World-Class Distilleries 2021
Angostura Limited - Trinidad und Tobago
Asbach GmbH - Deutschland
Brennerei Bernhard Leitner - Österreich
Brennerei Schulze Rötering - Deutschland
Clara Hof Destillerie - Deutschland
Destillerie Franz Bauer GmbH - Österreich
Distillery Krauss GmbH - Österreich
Edelkorn-Brennerei Jos. Rosche - Deutschland
Feinbrennerei Sasse - Lagerkorn GmH - Deutschland
Fruchtbrennerei Franz Tinnauer - Österreich
Gautier Mückstein & Ellinger GmbH - Österreich
Grenada Distillers LTD - Grenada
Hödl Hof Fruchtdestillerie und Spirituosen GmbH - Österreich
Horvath's Spezereyen Kontor GmbH - Österreich
Maison Léda - Frankreich
Pirker GmbH - Österreich
Spezialitäten-Brennerei & Whisky Destillerie Liebl GmbH – Deutschland
Master-Class Distilleries 2021
Alt Wiener Schnapsmuseum GmbH - Österreich
Destillerie Franz Bauer GmbH - Österreich
Pirker GmbH - Österreich
Eifel-Destillerie P.J.Schütz - Deutschland
Spezialitäten-Brennerei & Whisky Destillerie Liebl GmbH - Deutschland
finch® Whiskydestillerie - Deutschland
Bienenhof Pausch GmbH – Deutschland
First-Class Distilleries 2021
Bimmerle KG Private Distillery - Deutschland
Destillerie & Brennerei Heinrich Habbel - Deutschland
Fairytale Distillery - Großbritannien
Glina Whisky Destillerie - Deutschland
Medals & variety winners
114 participants and distilleries from 25 nations (islands) took part in the “World Spirits Award 2021”, submitting 439 spirits for consideration. With the presented products ranging from coffee and cigar brandies to gin, rum, fruit spirits and 100% distillates. The results are based on the WOB 100-point evaluation system tailored to spirits; objective assessment is ensured by an international taster jury with many years of experience.
Distinctions are the reflection of the distillers’ work and an appreciation of perfect products. Based on the slogan “Simply the Best in Spirits”, only the best products are entered into the competition and receive excellent reviews from the strict jury.
431 medals were awarded – 45 double golds (15 of them Spirits of the Year), 249 golds, 121 silvers and 16 bronze medals. A peripheral detail: 8 products were considered faulty or inadequate.
The results are based on the WOB 100-point evaluation system, which is specially tailored to the world of spirits. An experienced international jury of tasters ensured an objective assessment.
Absintherie Celle à Guilloud - Absinthe "La Guilloudtine 68°"
Aeijst GmbH - Aeijst Peat Gin
Al Ahram - Gianaclis - United Distillery Group - Blue 40
Alt Wiener Schnapsmuseum - Schoko-Banane Cremelikör
Angostura Limited - Amaro di Angostura
Bienenhof Pausch - Vogelbeerbrand gewonnen durch Mazeration und Destillation
Bimmerle KG Private Distillery - United Cakes of Amerika New York Cheesecake, United Cakes of America Strawberry Cheesecake
Brennerei Leitner Bernhard – Hauszwetschke, Brombeere
Brennerei Schulze Rötering – Orangengeist, Münsterländer Edelkorn gereift im Bourbon Fass, Münsterländer Edelkorn gereift im Rum Fass
Château de Laubade - Laubade Vintage 1972
Clara Hof Destillerie - Wodka N°5 gereift im Brandy Fass
Destillerie Franz Bauer GmbH - Bauer Green Panther Kürbiskernlikör, Wodka Mikitra
Distillery Cutura - Cutura Gin, Cutura Cranberry Gin Likör
Distillery Krauss GmbH - Gin+ Flower Edition
Edelkorn-Brennerei Jos. Rosche - Rosche - Haselünner Korn
Feinbrennerei Sasse - Cigar Special, Nju Korn wuchtig
Fruchtbrennerei Franz Tinnauer - Birnenquittenbrand Reserve, Rote Williamsbirnenbrand, Sauvignon Tresterbrand Reserve, Zwetschken Zigarrenbrand Reserve
Gautier Mückstein & Ellinger GmbH - ChocoLat Chili, ChocoLat Orange, ChocoLat Minze, Marzipancreme Likör, Spekulatius-Likör
Grenada Distillers LTD - Clark's Court Pure White
Hödl Hof Fruchtdestillerie und Spirituosen GmbH - Stone Vodka
Horvath's Spezereyen Kontor GmbH - Gänserndorfer Haselnuss-Creme-Likör, Gänserndorfer Limoncello-Cream-Likör
Käsers Schloss - Rheinbrand Dry Gin Hemp Edition
Kweichow Moutai - Kweichow Moutai "Legendary China Collection" (Du Fu Edition)
Mozart Destillerie - Mozart Chocolate Cream
Pirker GmbH – Kräuterbitter, Schwarze Johannisbeere
Rossbacher - die österreichische Kräuterspezialität - Rossbacher - der starke Kräuter
Spezialitäten-Brennerei & Whisky Destillerie Liebl GmbH - Williamsbirne Edition Lena Jahrgangsbrand 2019, Weinhefe XO 12 Jahre holzfassgereift
Stiegl-Gut Wildshut GmbH - Wildshuter Edelbrand
Facts and Figures 2021 (2020)
28 (42) Classifications
13 (18) World-Spirits Awards
5 (6) Distilleries of the Year – Gold
5 (6) Distilleries of the Year – Silver
2 (4) Distillery of the Year – Bronze
15 (14) Spirit of the Year
45 (30) Double-Gold
249 (271) Gold
121 (156) Silver
16 (22) Bronze
8 (11) Inadequate/Faults
Total 439 (490) products overall
28 (42) Classifications
17 (27) World-Class Distilleries
7 (10) Master-Class Distilleries
4 (5) First-Class Distilleries
86 (75) Participating Distilleries
Total 117 (104) Distilleries