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Handel

Company:
Aldi Ireland
Address:
Newbridge Road
Place:
W91 VE40 Naas
Country:
Ireland
Products:
  • Destillerie
Aldi Ireland: Gin and whiskey in retail

Aldi Ireland has two top products in its spirit range: Boyle’s Gin from the Blackwater Distillery and Ardfallen Whiskey from the West Cork Distillery.

The Blackwater Distillery has been an Aldi partner since 2016 and developed the private label Boyle’s Gin exclusively for the Irish and British retail market. The product volume of the Blackwater Distillery for Aldi has risen strongly in recent years, whereby 140,800 bottles of the gin series were sold in 2018. The successful gin brand is manufactured in Blackwater Valley, West Waterford, with selected imported ingredients as well as regional apples, blackcurrants and elderflower. CEO Peter Mulryan – former TV producer and author of the book “The Whiskeys of Ireland” – explains, “The partnership with Aldi has helped us to increase turnover enormously, and also to have the security to invest and expand. This includes on-site filling facilities and a visitor centre.”

Ardfallen Whiskey from the West Cork Distillery got its name from the region in County Cork where the malted barley comes from and is only manufactured in small batches. The business was founded in 2003 by childhood friends who started out with only two small stills they had bought in Switzerland. Now the largest distillery in the country, it currently employs over 80 employees and exports to around 70 countries.

At the World Spirits Award, there was gold for Ardfallen Whiskey and Boyle’s Irish Gin.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Gold 95Ardfallen Whiskey2020Details
Gold 91Boyle's Irish Gin2020Details

Handel

Company:
Stock Poland
Address:
Ul. Goraszewska 6
Place:
02-910 Warszawa
Country:
Poland
Products:
  • Spirituosen Wiederverkauf
  • Destillerie
Stock Polska – Prestige products with history

Polmos Lublin (known today as Stock Polska) was founded by the industrialist Emil Plage in Lublin in 1906 and was able to survive both world wars and the communist state leadership. The company was nationalised in 1948 and re-privatised in 2001. It traded on the Warsaw Stock Exchange until 2005 and was sold in 2006. The new owners, Oaktree Capital Management, purchased the spirits division from Eckes Stock in 2007 and thereby laid the foundations for the current Stock Spirits Group. The company has its headquarters in Luxembourg, its service centre in Great Britain and its production sites in the Czech Republic, Italy and Poland.

Stock dates back to the year 1884 when Lionello Stock founded a beverages business in Trieste. He purchased a distillery in 1920 in what is currently part of the Czech Republic with the aim of tapping into new markets. This was followed by distilleries, bottling plants and warehouses in Italy, Austria, Poland, Hungary and Yugoslavia. In the 1920s, Stock was one of the biggest companies of its kind in Europe.

After an absence of 70 years, Stock returned to Poland and began to manufacture at the historic site of Lublin, 150 kilometres south-east of Warsaw. Intensive investment led to the creation of the most modern distillery in Poland and a leadership position on the vodka market. Poland’s most popular flavoured vodka is produced here: Zoladkowa Gorzka.

Lots of Stock products are produced by traditional recipes. These classical brands appeal to connoisseurs all over the world. In return, work is constantly being done on innovations that correspond to modern tastes and new drinking cultures. Quality standards are constantly upheld in both areas, of course.

The quality of the products was recognised at the World Spirits Award with a gold medal for the Orkisz Spelt Vodka.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Gold 93ORKISZ Spelt Vodka2014Details

Destillerie

Company:
Hödl Hof Fruchtdestillerie und Spirituosen GmbH
Address:
Stubenberg 21
Place:
8223 Floing
Country:
Austria
Products:
  • Obst-Brände
  • Rum
  • Wodka
  • Obst-Geiste & Spirituosen
Hödl Hof: Quality for generations since 1542

Alfred Dunst has been running the family business since 1993. His greatest passion is product development. “For me, the skill of distillation is an artform when it is carried out with experience and love. Inspiration is offered by nature that surrounds us. We see it as our duty to only produce our specialities with natural, high-quality ingredients that are carefully selected. We want to provide our customers with the same pleasure drinking it as we have making it,” he says.

45 hectares of organically farmed orchards and woodland provide the raw materials for distillation, wood for heating, as well as for some of the storage barrels and, in addition, ingredients for the products, such as fir tips, wild fruit, mushrooms, roots, etc. Soft water with a low mineral content comes from their own spring in the protected area of the Rabenwaldkogel. Double distillation is carried out in copper vats according to old Styrian tradition. Only the ‘heart’ is extracted and matured in wood, glass or stainless steel.

As a special customer service, the product is also available in 20 ml bottles. So it is possible to get an idea of the whole range or organise a tasting at home. For over 25 years, an informative schnapps trail has led through the orchards and woodland, informing visitors about the various fruits, and the manufacture and storage of the products.

The First Class Distillery (2 x) received gold for Blueberry Juice Liqueur, Gin Sea of Flowers, Elderberry, Stone Vodka and Stone Red, and silver for Gin Woodmaster, Gin Old Classic, Sour Cherry Liqueur, Nusserl (nut), Apricot, Sloe, Zirbenherz (stone pine), TROAD Styrian Single Malt Whisky, Ribelia and Stone Oak Vodka.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Gold 94.3Stone Vodka2020Details
Gold 93Holunder2020Details
Gold 93Heidelbeersaftlikör2020Details
Gold 92The Original London Dry Gin 1542 Sea of Flowers2020Details
Gold 91.3Stone Red2020Details
Silver 89Weichsellikör2020Details
Silver 88The Original 1542 London Dry Gin Woodmaster2020Details
Silver 88Schlehe2020Details
Silver 87Ribelia2020Details
Silver 86The Original 1542 London Dry Gin Old Classic2020Details
Silver 85„TROAD Styrian Single Malt Whisky“ vom HÖDL HOF2020Details
Silver 84Marille2020Details
Silver 84Nusserl2020Details
Silver 83Zirbenherz2020Details
Silver 80Stone Oak Vodka2020Details

Destillerie

Company:
John Dewar & Son's
Address:
1700 London Road
Place:
G32 8XR Glasgow
Country:
United Kingdom
Products:
  • Whisky Schottland
John Dewar & Sons: Dewar’s true scotch since 1846

John Dewar & Sons Ltd was founded by John Dewar in 1846 and has developed from being a small wine and spirit dealer in Perth, Scotland, to becoming a global brand name, known for its high-quality whiskies and a feeling for modern marketing and creative advertising.

John Dewar’s dynamic sons, John Alexander and Tommy Dewar, turned Dewar’s into an international success. In 1898, the brothers also founded the Aberfeldy Distillery, the physical and spiritual home of Dewar’s, which still produces the single malt whisky, the ‘heart’ of each blend, today. This full-bodied single malt stands out with its rich notes of heather and honey, which can be found throughout the current range.

This tireless pursuit of quality and the great passion for excellent, balanced blends still remain. These days, the company is a global leader and Dewar’s is one of the fastest growing premium whiskies in the world – and, thanks to the great skill of the master blenders, also one of the scotches with the most awards in the world. The proven basis of the comprehensive portfolio is White Label®, produced for the first time in 1899.

The World Class Distillery 2020 received gold for Dewar’s White Label, Dewar’s Blended Scotch Whisky 25 Years The Signature, Dewar’s Blended Scotch Whisky 15 Years, Dewar’s Blended Scotch Whisky 18 Years and Dewar’s Blended Scotch Whisky 12 Years.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Gold 93.7Dewar's White Label2020Details
Gold 93Dewar's Blended Scotch Whisky 18 Years2020Details
Gold 92.3Dewar's Blended Scotch Whisky 25 Years "The Signat2020Details
Gold 92.3Dewar's Blended Scotch Whisky 12 Years2020Details
Gold 91.3Dewar's Blended Scotch Whisky 15 Years2020Details