World-Spirits-Award-_2018

WSA 2018 Award Celebration Photo Galerie EN

Photos from the Award Celebration 2018 in Distillery Hubertus Vallendar at Kail/Mosel (Germany). 19 x Awards and Spirits of the Year as well as 11 x Distilleries of the Year - that's the brand-new result.

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Shot 4: The superstars meet up for the award ceremony

It is not until the Award-giving Ceremony that WSA participants learn about the complete results and be surprised with a possible win of the bonus title "Distillery of the Year" or even the "World-Spirits Award".

Award-Celebration 22. März 2018, 16.00 Uhr:

Brennerei Hubertus Vallendar GmbH & Co KG
Hubertus Vallendar
Hauptstraße 11
56829 Kail, Germany
Tel.: +49-2672-913552, Fax: +49-2672-913554
www.vallendar.de

Shot 2: The tasting team at work

8x8 is our formula for magic. Eight tasters will taste about 450 samples over the course of eight days. We often receive inquiries from top tasters whether they can work with us. However, regardless of credential, all our jury have to undergo the WSA trainings. Just as an airline trains its pilots, we also train our tasters. Each year, a 3-day fine-tuning session is held in June as part of the WSA Academy to ensure our jury stay up-to-date and competent in performing the best possible assessment for products we receive from around the world.

Shot 1: Sugar Content Analysis

In order for the judge panel of eight to be "served" in a way that they can work alongside the important assessment parameters most accurately possible, all products must be analyzed for its added sugar content. It is important to know whether a product is made with or without added sugar. This does not affect the product, but the information is important for the overall assessment. Dr. Robert Leubolt and his assistant Sissy have been the team of specialists that we rely on for many years.

 

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WSA Spirits Finder, in the Apple Store and Play Store: Search app for spirit lovers and professionals

The World Spirits Award is known amongst experts as being the highest quality spirits award in the world. You now have the possibility to access the results directly, all the way back to 2008, using the WSA Spirits Finder. The WSA app (in German and English) has the following functions, which are available free of charge:

  • WSA Spirits Finder
  • WSA Spirits Calculator
  • WSA Website

Detailed information on the approx. 3,500 spirits - from A for Asbach Uralt to Z for Zwack Unicum: producers around the globe, from manufacture to industry (with direct links to the websites), products ranging from absinthe, Armagnac and Moutai to tequila and plum distillates (some with photos). You can select distilleries, restrict your search to medals or WSA years, choose a special brand or a special product, and much more. The basis for this high quality data pool are the results of the professional jury at the annual World Spirits Award. The app also includes verbal descriptions of brand-name products and the exact number of points they received (maximum 100 WOB points), and thus offers profound information on the price/performance ratio.

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Cognac, French aristocracy with esprit and elegance

Cognac, French aristocracy with esprit and elegance

History/Fascinating Facts

The first attempts to distil cognac are recorded in documentation in the area of the same name, dating from the 15th century. Cognac was a commercial metropolis for salt and wine and had ties with England, Scandinavia and the Netherlands. Given the high demand, a large quantity of wine was produced in the 16th century, although admittedly of a low quality. These wines could not survive transportation by ship and therefore people turned to distillation. Storing the distillates in wooden barrels gave them a more refined flavour, triggering the development of some big brands: Martell was founded in 1715 and Hennessy in 1765. To prevent any copies being produced, the borders of the region were defined by law in 1909.

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Working Zone for Masters

14 participants were working in "World-Spirits Academy" Master-Class courses - together with the WSA judges they were making new definitiions for products and new groups - like Vodka Eastern and Western Style. We congratulate Patrick Altermatt from Switzerland for his "Master of World-Spirits".

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award celebration 2016

Program WSA Award-Celebration & Distillery Tour 2016

Thursday 17th of March - 04.00 pm Award-Celebration - Destillerie Hochstrasser
Startin 06.00 pm eating, drinking, party ...

Departure 10.00 - return at about 13:00
10.15 Zweiger - Mooskirchen
13.00: Hochstrasser - Mooskirchen

Airport Graz (via)

Housing:
Urdlwirt - HOTEL REIF KG
Hauptstraße 85
8141 Premstätten
+43 (0) 3136/53185
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www.urdlwirt.at

Award Celebration Location:
Distillery Hochstrasser GmbH & CO KG
Gerald Hochstrasser
Marktplatz 12
A-8562 Mooskirchen
Tel .: + 43-3137-2232
Fax: + 43-3137-2232-6
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Masters of World-Spirits bei der Arbeit

Masters of World-Spirits at work

Until the end of June one could sniff, test, assess, describe and above all undertake a precise tour around the World of Spirits - daily checks during the two weeks of training intensify what one has learned. The best may call themselves "Master of World Spirits" after a written thesis. It is damn difficult to pass this training!

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Shot 3: preliminary results for the participants

After the tasting weekends in January, the participants will be notified of their results and they may order medal stickers for their products or conclude license agreements with us, which are primarily for direct advertise on the bottle or as part of the packaging. Participants are welcome to advertise with our brand on all media platforms for free to promote their products with their participation in the WSA.

Behind the WSA scenes-the WSA Photo Story

It is often a mystery to most people exactly what goes on behind the scenes at the "World-Spirits award," but take a peek backstage, and you'd see Wolfram, Barbara and Joanne work continuously throughout the year on the organization and execution of the World-Spirits Award as well as the "World-Spirits Academy" sensory training courses. And that doesn't even include the massive collaboration with the jury, chemist, writer, graphic designer, translators, consultant, production companies for medals, classification boards, medal stickers, diplomas, shipping companies, freight forwarders, import and customs duties, and four IT companies that work around the clock for the maintenance of database, the website and the presentation on the Internet. All in all: an unbelievable amount of labor, creativity and unfortunately, cost as well.

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World-Spirits Guide 2020 - E-Book and Print Version

The “World Spirits Guide 2020” has been published – indispensable for friends of spirits from all around the world. The main focus of the content is:
• Hit list of all award-winning products of the WSA 2019
• Distillery classifications
• 106 distillery portraits of the best spirits worldwide
• Tips and trends

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World-Spirits-Award-_2017

WSA 2017 Award Celebration Photo Galerie

Photos from the Award Celebration 2017 in Asbach Distillery at Rüdesheim am Rhein (Germany). Distillers win 14 x Awards, 15 x Spirits of the Year and 10 x Distilleries of the Year worldwide.

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Sniffing around the clock

After 10 days hard work in Basic-Class, Master-Class and Sniffing courses, we close the „World-Spirits Academy“ doors untill next June. It’s great for us to see, that every year so many people are coming to improve their skills or make a „dive in the cold water“ joining us. All our classes have a participant limit, that’s why you already have the chance to register online all courses for 2017.

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World-Spirits New Generation

World Spirits „New Generation“

In 2015 the „World Spirits Award“ started its World Tour – for the first time ever the Award Celebration was not celebrated in Klagenfurt. The Prize Giving Ceremony took place at one of the Superstars of the competition – for this purpose the Braunstein Distillery in Danish Køge was chosen. More than 30 winners – from Mauritius via Europe to Canada – travelled to the family-like award presentation ceremony and „danced away“ the successful participation in the WSA on a small but elegant scale.

The subsequent Distillery Tour with all the participants was a complete success – thereby the young and aspiring Danish distillery scene presented itself from its best side. Braunstein and the distillery ??? were great hosts. In this context we would like to take the opportunity to thank them once again cordially for the perfect cooperation and hospitality.

The „World Spirits Academy“ in June 2015 also went fabulously. For the first time the courses were bilingual (English and German) since participants even from California and Trinidad & Tobago had come to Carinthia. The atmosphere was „spiritual“ so that a „family-like“ friendship from the Basic Class to the Tasting Trainings within the Master Class developed among the participants.

„The New Generation of World Spirits“ is doing the WSA visibly good. The internationality regarding the Award as well as the Academy works like a „turbo“.

Dear World of Spirits, we’re coming! One can already look forward to which spot on earth we will present the World Spirits Award in 2016.

Cheers and ‚to your Health’

Wolfram Ortner

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