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Handel

Company:
Luding Group
Address:
Ryabinovaya Str. 55, Building 1
Place:
121471 Москва 471
Country:
Russian Federation
Products:
  • Spirituosen Wiederverkauf
Luding Group: Vodka Tchaikovsky as a high-spirited homage to the famous composer

At the beginning of the 1990s, the modern distillery ‘Fortuna’ was launched in a green field in the south of Russia – in the Krasnodar region, a strip of land with spa resorts and health centres. The distillery has specialised in unusual products, in a region with a particularly green fingerprint. The vodka created in honour of the great Russian composer Tchaikovsky is special. The concept for this exceptional product is comparable with one of his musical scores: the work ‘Swan Lake’ served as an inspiration. Art enthusiasts can thus immerse themselves in the history of Russian estate life in the 19th century. The traditional methods and blue colours underline the purity of this vodka.

The technical particularities span a wide quality-orientated spectrum: from the selected wheat, their own well water and the special treatment of the distillate with skimmed milk powder to the crystal-clear filtration with active birch coal. With so much perfectionism and monitoring of the individual production steps, the result is an especially gentle, animating and very typical vodka based on wheat. After the diluting of alcohol and pure distillate, the production process is continued with maturation in steel tanks. The aim is to ‘wed’ both ‘waters’, resulting in an especially harmonious vodka.

At the World Spirits Award 2022, Vodka Tchaikovsky was awarded double gold and honoured as the best vodka with the title ‘Spirit of the Year’.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Double-Gold 95.3TCHAIKOVSKY2022Details

Handel

Company:
Schwarze & Schlichte Markenvertrieb GmbH. & CO KG
Address:
Paulsburg 1 - 3
Place:
59302 Oelde
Country:
Germany
Products:
  • Spirituosen Wiederverkauf
  • Obst-Geiste & Spirituosen
  • Destillerie
Schwarze & Schlichte – Brand personalities from Westphalia

The family business Schwarze & Schlichte from Westphalia has been representing the highest quality spirits for the last 345 years with a distinct range of national specialities, regional traditional brands and successful international innovations. This top quality is based on a distilling tradition acquired over centuries which has been passed down over twelve generations. Even today, distilling and maceration still take place at the company’s own distillery where plenty of time and skill are invested. The selection and processing of the best raw materials and continuous control of the production process ensure a consistently high quality. One factor for success is the ongoing brand management in accordance with the specific requirements of the various brand personalities.

Three Sixty Vodka is one of the purest and mildest vodkas in the world. A fourfold distillation process ensures tangible softness and exceptional clarity while the purity of the vodka is all down to the time-consuming “Diamond Filtration” process: the finest filters are used, set with crystals like diamond dust, to remove even the smallest of suspended particles from the distillate. Even the packaging is unique: the facet-cut bottle of pure white shiny glass sets off this premium vodka to perfection. A black velvet label completes the sophisticated design.

The Grappa Bianca from Scavi & Ray is characterised by its full-bodied balanced flavour with powerful and intense aromas of marc. This crystal-clear brandy is soft and deliciously balanced thanks to the exquisite skill of the master distillery. The intense and fruity aroma is reminiscent of the sun-soaked vineyards in Italy.

Both products received a silver medal at the World-Spirits.
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Silver 88Three Sixty Vodka2011Details

Destillerie

Company:
Nant Distilling Company
Address:
254 Nant Lane
Place:
7030 Bothwell
Country:
Australia
Products:
  • Whisky Allgemein
Nant Distillery – Single Malt Whisky from Tasmania

In the central highlands of Tasmania, the Nant Distilling Company only produces Highland Single Malt Whisky. It started in 2004, when the historical Nant Estate from the 19th century was sold and carefully restored. The central element of the story is the mill: built in 1823 by convicts, these days it is the only water-driven grain mill in Australia. The mill stones came to the country with a Welsh settler in 1820 on the boat named ‘The Grace’. Lost for a long time, they were found by chance behind the property and put to use again. Wooden teeth turn the wheel like in old times. The striking bottle shape also goes back to the 19th century and a clay bottle found at the bottom of the mill pond.

And what is the secret of the whisky? Some put it down to the unspoilt waters of the highlands which supply the River Clyde from a million year old glacial lake which flows past the distillery. Others say it is the malting barley from Tasmania, yet others say it is the very clear air and the fertile soil. Maybe the answer lies in a mixture of everything, yet one thing is for sure: whoever tries this ‘liquid gold’ knows how the essence of this beautiful location is captured in it. The opportunity to do so is given in the Nant Whisky Bars in Hobart, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and soon also in London. With the erection of the malthouse in 2015, Nant will belong to the few distilleries in the world that have full control of their grain during all phases of production of the Single Malt Whisky.

The jury at the World Spirits Award were certainly impressed: there was gold for American Oak Sherry, silver for French Oak Pinot Noir Wood and American Oak Port.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Gold 90.3American Oak Sherry2015Details
Silver 88French Oak Pinot Noir Wood2015Details
Silver 81American Oak Port2015Details

Destillerie

Company:
Manufaktur Jörg Geiger GmbH
Address:
Eschenbacher Straße 1
Place:
73114 Schlat
Country:
Germany
Products:
  • Obst-Brände
Manufaktur Jörg Geiger: Passion and perfection – Swabian virtues

It’s not usually recommended that you pick and bite into a piece of fruit picked from an old orchard – ‘räs’ is how the Swabians describe the intense, tart flavours of these tannin-rich fruits. But this is ex-actly what they are looking for at Manufaktur Jörg Geiger, because these pronounced aromas are ideal for the production of distillates, sparkling wines, alcohol-free PriSeccos or the newest product: !WEHMUT, an apple vermouth wine.

The northern landscape of the Swabian Alb is characterised by the tall, old trees and is home to a va-riety of herbs, shrubs and blossoms. In production, these precious raw materials are understood and valued, and this is why the Don’t Call me Gin from the Swabian Alb contains, besides juniper, an addi-tional 77 different botanicals.

Century-old fruit varieties and special plants such as woodruff, meadowsweet and yarrow don’t thrive everywhere, but require specific conditions and specific amounts of sunlight and shade. These can be found in sparse, deciduous forests or an extensively sustainably-farmed orchard. There is nowhere this is better understood than in the hand-picking of single origin harvested fruit. The walk through the orchard teaches how to see the stages of the year in a new light, and is an inspiration for exciting combinations of fruits, herbs and aromas. And the work at the distillery allows you to experience first-hand that the old varieties are a rare commodity and something very special – as is the space where they grow.

At the World Spirits Award, there was double gold for Goldparmäne Apple in bourbon barrels, gold for AG – Don’t Call me Gin, and silver for BP Pear Wine with Pear Brandy and matured in Sauternes bar-rels and !Wehmut.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Double-Gold 95.3Goldparmäne im Bourbonfass2019Details
Gold 91AG - Don't Call me Gin2019Details
Silver 87Wehmut!2019Details
Silver 84BP Birnenwein mit Birnenbrand zugesetzt und im Sau2019Details

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