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The ultimate guide through the world of spirits - with current ratings of the best distilleries and commercial enterprises.
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Handel

Company:
Berentzen-Gruppe Aktiengesellschaft
Address:
Ritterstraße 7
Place:
49740 Haselünne
Country:
Germany
Products:
  • Destillerie
  • Spirituosen Wiederverkauf
Berentzen Group: 250 years of cultured distilled spirits

The Berentzen Group stock corporation is an innovative beverage company that boasts a wide portfolio and develops, produces and markets varied and modern drinks concepts. The portfolio includes spirits, alcohol-free beverages and fresh juices. With over 250 years of experience, they are one of the oldest national manufacturers of spirits and have a market presence in over 60 countries to date, with brands such as Berentzen and Puschkin as well as reasonably priced private label products.

In April 2023, Norden Sea Salt Gin was launched on the German market under the Doornkaat brand. It is a speciality on the gin shelf, as selected North Sea botanicals create an extraordinary and intense taste experience: juniper provides the spice, sea buckthorn and rosehip the fruity tartness. Norden Sea Salt Gin is rounded off with a pinch of sea salt. This spirit spreads the genuine nature and authenticity of the North Sea coast throughout Germany. It is versatile and can be enjoyed neat, on ice or mixed as a long drink or cocktail.

At the World Spirits Award, there was gold for Doornkaat Norden Sea Salt Gin.
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Gold 92.3Doornkaat Norden Sea Salt Gin2024Details

Handel

Company:
J.A.Gilka KG
Address:
Hubert-Underberg-Allee 1
Place:
47493 Rheinberg
Country:
Germany
Products:
  • Spirituosen Wiederverkauf
  • Destillerie
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Silver 88Gilka Bio2012Details

Destillerie

Company:
Prodal'94 SRL
Address:
1, Drumul intre Tarlale street
Place:
77037 Caldararu
Country:
Romania
Products:
  • Wodka
  • Gin
Prodal'94 – Strong brands from Romania

Founded nearly 15 years ago, Prodal is now one of the largest producers of alcoholic drinks in Romania. Two stars from the product range – and market leaders in each of their categories – are the Wembley Dry Gin and Stalinskaya Vodka. The distinctive bottle and label designs come from the internationally recognised London company Claessens, a specialist on the international drinks market. At the World Spirits Award, the gin rated excellent, with double gold (Spirit of the Year 2014). The vodka received a gold medal.

The name Stalinskaya comes from the Russian word ‘stal’, which can be translated as ‘hard as steel’. Following an old Russian recipe, the vodka is produced with the most modern technology, the base ingredient is premium alcohol from the best grain. Stalinskaya came on the market in 1996 and grew constantly, today it is the number one with about 40% market share. The brand’s central motto, ‘For the strong’, is a central theme through all the advertising campaigns, whether print, film or video. Lots of ice and snow, a large dose of the male spirit for adventure, and always with a friend at their side – this also describes Stalinskaya: pure and authentic, and of the best quality.

The Wembley London Dry Gin came on the market in 2001 and became market leader in only eight months. It is still the most popular gin in Romania. Based on a traditional English recipe, distilled with the latest technology, it is ‘very British’. The name Wembley also evokes a district with history, and strong links to the concepts of entertainment and happiness. Londoners’ penchant for traditional values is underlined by the label design with the symbol of the British crown.
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Double-Gold 95.3Wembley Dry Gin2014Details
Gold 92.3Stalinskaya Vodca2014Details

Destillerie

Company:
Destillerie Hochstrasser GmbH & CO KG
Address:
Marktplatz 12
Place:
8562 Mooskirchen
Country:
Austria
Products:
  • Obst-Brände
  • Obst-Geiste & Spirituosen
  • Liköre
Destillerie Hochstrasser: The art of distilling as an art of living

At the heart of the Lipizzaner homeland on the way to the Styrian Schilcher wine route lies the Hochstrasser distillery. There, the art of distillation has been passed on since 1930 and is now in its fourth generation. High-proof products of the highest quality are created by constantly developing, while taking into account traditional values. Those who are looking for excellent taste have come to the right place! As well as fine distillates and liqueurs, also top products such as gin and rum consistently achieve the highest international awards.

They were one of the first distilleries in Austria to work with vacuum distillation. This is a much gentler process than conventional distilling because a lower boiling point can be used. This enables preservation of the variety of natural aromas and promotion of fruit typicity.

Those who read understand, those who sample experience! On a personally guided experience tour through one of the largest and most modern distilleries in Europe, you gain insights into the production process, the storage in special barrels and the history of schnapps distilling. Visitors see the distilling procedure close up. A line-up of the fragrances also helps to identify the individual distillates by taste and smell. The tour is rounded off by a sampling in the showroom and salesroom, where one can find gifts and fine glass designs for every occasion alongside a varied product range.

The World Class Distillery 2024 (DoY Silver) received gold for Marillenbrand Classic (apricot brandy), Waldhimbeerbrand (wild raspberry brandy), Alter Zwetschkenbrand holzfassgereift (damson brandy matured in a wooden barrel), Marillen-Zigarrenbrand holzfassgereift (apricot cigar brandy matured in a wooden barrel) and Muskattraubenbrand (muscat grape brandy), and silver for Williamsbirnenbrand Select (Williams pear brandy).
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Gold 94.7 Muskattraubenbrand2024Details
Gold 92.7Marillen-Zigarrenbrand holzfassgereift2024Details
Gold 92.3Marillenbrand Classic2024Details
Gold 92Alter Zwetschkenbrand holzfassgereift2024Details
Gold 90Waldhimbeerbrand2024Details
Silver 81Williamsbirnenbrand Select2024Details
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