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Destillerie

Company:
6100 Pty Ltd t/as Artisan Spirit Merchants USA LLC
Address:
294 a Annandale Street
Place:
2038 Annandale
Country:
Australia
Products:
  • Whisky Allgemein
  • Tequila
  • Wodka
ASM – Purist vodka from New Zealand

Artisan Spirits Merchants (ASM) was founded by Julian Moss in Sydney in 2004. Passion and perfectionism inspired him to develop an exceptional product: the purest vodka in the world.

The trice-distilled VDKA 6100, based on whey and spring water from New Zealand, was launched on the market in New York with the support of Robert De Niro. As an investor he was involved in the design, packaging, branding and positioning of VDKA 6100. Incidentally, there are 6,100 miles between New Zealand and the USA – hence the name! The elegance of VDKA 6100 comes down to the purity of the ingredients. This drop is gluten-free, sugar-free, lactose-free and free from chemical additives.

The company is striving to expand the impressive growth it has achieved in North America and in many other countries of the world. In order to cement its global focus and to utilise the potential of VDKA to the full, Asahi Premium Beverages has taken over the brand for the markets in Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

At the World Spirits Award, there was silver for VDKA 6100.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Silver 89VDKA 61002018Details

Destillerie

Company:
Black Forest Distillers GmbH
Address:
Oberwiesachstraße 3
Place:
72290 Loßburg
Country:
Germany
Products:
  • Gin
Black Forest Distillers - Bavarian headdress, turbans and bowler hats

An adventurous past lies behind the "Monkey 47" gin: Montgomery Collins was born in 1909 in Madras and came to Berlin in 1945 as a Commander of the Royal Air Force where he became involved with re-developing the zoo and began sponsoring a monkey there named Max. During the 1950s, he opened a country guesthouse by the name of "Zum wilden Affen" (At the wild monkey's) where he began producing gin according to the British tradition.

The unusual recipe was discovered during renovation works and brought back to life by Alexander Stein from the Jacobi brandy dynasty and Master Distiller Christoph Keller. They describe the 47 ingredients as "Black Forest DNA". In addition to juniper berries, they include "spices" (coriander, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon), "floral fragrances" (acacia, honeysuckle, bergamot and lavender blossom), "tangy flavours" (pomelo, lemongrass, lemon balm, etc.) and "Black Forest flavours" (spruce shoots, mallow, blackthorn, elderflower, dog rose and blackberry leaves). Cranberries add the final touch.

These "botanicals" are mixed with extra soft water from the company's own spring and alcohol and are partly macerated. This is followed by the distillation and steam extraction process using fresh plant material. The distillate is stored for a few months in traditional stoneware vessels and after the maturation period, spring water is added until the mixture reaches a strength of 47% vol.

The complex flavours are ideal for classics like Martini with tonic added to taste, as well as cocktails. The top quality of the products was confirmed by a gold medal at the World-Spirits Award.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Gold 94.7Gin Monkey 472011Details

Handel

Company:
Klippenziege GmbH
Address:
Westerstraße 207
Place:
12047 Berlin
Country:
Germany
Products:
  • Gin
Klippenziege: New era in the world of gin

In December 2015, four friends captured the ‘spirit’ of an idea: they were thinking about gin. Nearly a year later a small batch was bottled by hand. The individuality of a gin lies in the combination of the botanicals, in this case it is the exotic selection: mate tea, goji berries, physalis and a hint of rose. The Klippenziege is a New Western Dry Gin, in which juniper plays the main role amongst the other botanicals.

It is produced in the Habbel Distillery, which guarantees excellent quality thanks to its experience – it was established in 1878 and is now in the family’s fourth generation. The former Korn distillery in Sprockhövel with adjoining farmland is now the largest fruit distillery in the Ruhr region, as a traditional manufacturer it stands out with its attention to detail. The entire manufacturing process at Klippenziege can also be observed on-site.

The bottle and the label are also special. Designer Levent Aydin drew it carefully by hand, and then digitalised it before perfecting it. First it is printed, then coated, then stamped and embossed. The elegant result stands for friendship, solidarity and love. Working together in a friendly and familiar atmosphere connects people with a passion for life who share one important belief: that the product should encourage people to slow down, allowing for mindful enjoyment.

At the World Spirits Award, there was silver for Mate Dry Gin.
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Silver 88Mate Dry Gin2019Details

Handel

Company:
Lambay Irish Whiskey Company
Address:
28-32 Upper Pembroke Street upper
Place:
EK84 Dublin 2 DO2EK84
Country:
Ireland
Products:
  • Spirituosen Wiederverkauf
Lambay Irish Whiskey Company – Welcome to the whiskey world

Two modern entrepreneurs from renowned families got together to create a brand-new product: their vision was an innovative Irish whiskey, inspired by the island of Lambay (Alexander Baring, 7th Baron of Revelstoke’s ancestral seat), rounded off with the technologies and the expertise of Maison Camus. This is the ancestral seat of Cyril Camus, the 5th generation of the French family, famous worldwide for its cognac.

The partnership between Camus Wines & Spirits and the Baring Revelstoke Trust was presented at the TFWA World Exhibition in Cannes in 2017 – a ‘global showcase’ for premium brands. LIWC Managing Director, Jean-David Costerg, is confident of future success, because the partnership of both companies can reach a new generation of whiskey consumers who are looking for exclusive, authentic, handmade products, positioned in the premium price category: Lambay Small Batch Blend, the flagship brand, and Lambay Whiskey Single Malt.

Lambay Small Batch Blend and Single malt are both finished in carefully selected Cognac Oak cask from the Camus cellar, wehereas the Lambay Single Malt is then taken to the island of Lambay – a natural paradise off the coast of Dublin, which has belonged to the Baring family since 1904 – and once there, are left to the fresh sea air in ‘The Sea Cask Room’ to bring maritime notes to the whiskey. The whiskeys are rounded off with the island’s Trinity Well water.

At the World Spirits Award, both products received gold: Lambay Whiskey Small Batch Blend and Lambay Whiskey Single Malt.
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Gold 92.3Lambay Whiskey Single Malt2018Details
Gold 92.3Lambay Whiskey Small Batch Blend2018Details

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