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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.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Silver 88Mate Dry Gin2019Details

Handel

Company:
The Patron Spirits Company
Address:
6670 South Valley View
Place:
Las Vegas 89118
Country:
United States
Products:
  • Spirituosen Wiederverkauf
  • Destillerie
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Gold 94.7Patron XO Cafe2014Details
Silver 81Pyrot Rum XO Reserve2014Details

Destillerie

Company:
The Prenzel Distilling Company Limited
Address:
28 Sheffield Street
Place:
Blenheim 7274
Country:
New Zealand
Products:
  • Obst-Brände
  • Obst-Geiste & Spirituosen
  • Rum
  • Wodka
Prenzel - An enjoyable and ingenious diversity

In 1989, Robert Wuest, from a family of distillers in Alsace, visited Hugh and Chris Steadman at their cherry orchard on the edge of the city of Blenheim - and came up with a brilliant idea. Soon after, the first fruit distillery in New Zealand was founded: The Alsace New Zealand Distilling Company. There is no long-standing tradition of fruit brandies here and as such there was no market for the products, despite the fantastic cultivation conditions. The company focuses on the use of alternative products for the bakery and food industry and as such, a golden pretzel was chosen as the logo, the emblem displayed by every bakery in Alsace. "Pretzel" then became "Prenzel" with the "n" standing for New Zealand.

The product range has been consistently extended to include foodstuffs such as vinaigrette, mustard, spicy sauces, vinegar and food oils. At present, only 40% of the company's sales come from alcoholic drinks, of which 10% is from pure distillates including small quantities of traditional fruit brandies, more than 20 liqueurs and brandy, gin and vodka.

The company's sales strategy is unconventional: there are no classic advertisements and instead, sales are based on word-of-mouth in the form of presentations at private households. Over the years, a network of franchise companies has developed which will be extended to the European network in future. Hidden costs play a big part in the introduction of new products: as such, consumers are invited to compare the Prenzel products with those of the market leaders. Only if 80% of them prefer the Prenzel products are the recipes pushed ahead and finalised.

The company was awarded a silver at the World-Spirits Award for its liqueur based on the Sauvignon Blanc grape variety.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Silver 88Malbrouk2011Details

Destillerie

Company:
Dism
Address:
Geilartún 8
Place:
100 Tórshavn
Country:
Faroe Islands
Products:
  • Wodka
  • Aquavit
DISM – A little water from the homeland of the Vikings

In contrast to the long history of the northern islands, the spirits from DISM have only been on the market since 2008. The small, select range comprises four products, which are all based on the extraordinary spring water of the Faroe Islands. Filtered through the basalt mountains, it emerges clear and unpolluted. Once only enjoyed by Vikings and pirates, now occasionally by their descendants …

The man behind DISM is Eidesgaard Erling, a newcomer from the world of the internet. As with all the inhabitants of the archipelago he was used to drinking a welcoming schnapps before dinner. This strong tradition is, however, a contrast to the fact that there was no distillery on the Faroe Islands. The schnapps came from Denmark. And that annoyed him. His response: “I’ll make schnapps myself!” Or to put it better, he sought out a top quality base alcohol (from wheat), and then attended to the blending and bottling.

ELDVATN is the name of the premium vodka, LÍVSINS the traditional, mild aquavit from spring water and herbs, in particular angelica and cumin. HAVIÐ claims the title of ‘The world’s strongest aquavit’ (with 50 volume percent, just as the Vikings would have liked it). The fourth in the set is BARALDUR (= juniper), the special gin, which is said to have healing properties. However, the water is of vital importance, it is what gives the ‘good spirits’ their soul. If you don’t believe it, you should take a look at www.dism.fo – the breathtaking photos speak for themselves and the fascinating islands.

At the World Spirits Award, Livsins Vatn, Baraldur and Eldvatn won gold, Havid silver.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Gold 92Baraldur2014Details
Gold 92Livsins Vatn2014Details
Gold 91Eldvatn2014Details
Silver 89Havid2014Details