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Destillerie

Company:
Brennerei Hans Erismann
Address:
Bachtobel 8
Place:
8184 Bachenbülach
Country:
Switzerland
Products:
  • Obst-Brände
  • Whisky Allgemein
  • Gin
Erismann Distillery – Memories of summer and autumn

In the Erismann Distillery, good craftsmanship has been a passion and obsession for four generations. The focus is always on the product, its quality and its pleasure potential, however, there is no big secret about how it is done. Aside from fruit brandies, grappa and liqueurs, special attention is also paid to gin and whisky.

Many factors determine the soul of a whisky; the right grain, the ideal yeast, the most appropriate barrel. This applies to Switzerland just as much as for Scotland. That special touch is due to the raw materials from the region and their specific flavour. The whisky matures for five and a half years in a sherry barrel. Unblended, lightly filtered and uncoloured, each batch is a limited edition. “The inspiration for gin came from our threshing floor, where a layer of hay flowers often lies. We want it to convey the character of a lush farmer’s garden.” Hans Erismann wanted an honest and simple product, fine and down-to-earth. The selected botanicals (juniper berries, barberry, bay leaves, oranges, lemons, grapefruit, liquorice, cubeb pepper, hay flowers, hyssop, elderflowers, beebalm, camomile flowers, iris root and mint) are laid individually in alcohol for a few days so that their aroma can unravel. The finished gin is combined with spring water.

At the World Spirits Award, there was gold for Zürcher Whisky – Tsyry and ZH Züri Gin, and silver for the Cuvée pomace brandy.
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Gold 93.7Zürcher Whisky - Tsyry2017Details
Gold 90.3ZH Züri Gin2017Details
Silver 89Cuvée Tresterbrand2017Details

Destillerie

Company:
Fusion Drinks GmbH
Address:
Rebhaldenstrasse 9
Place:
8910 Affoltern am Albis
Country:
Switzerland
Products:
  • Liköre
LILAH – Creamy liqueur made from aromatic chai

Lilah is the modern interpretation of the traditional oriental chai tea and combines the taste of the tea with the creaminess of an exquisite cream liqueur. Combined with choice spices from the Far East, the popular chai tea has been re-invented as a new taste sensation. Only natural spice extracts are used (ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, fennel seeds, cloves, vanilla, black tea, rooibos), no artificial flavours or additives are added.

In large areas of Southern Asia and in the Orient, chai is a general term for tea. Over the last few years and with increasing popularity, especially in Europe it has become synonymous with Masala Chai, the national drink of India. The recipes can vary according to region or even household, but the main ingredients are water, milk, black tea and various spices. Chai originated in Ayurvedic teachings and is well-known for its beneficial health effects. Lilah works the same but as a new way to enjoy chai, whether as an addition to hot tea, as a delicious ingredient in tasty cocktails or as an innovative addition to desserts such as chocolate mousse. The sophisticated bottle design also makes the spicy drink an ideal present.

Vincent Aeberhard, CEO of Fusion Drinks, developed the product: “After years of developing and trying out different ingredients we are proud to be able to present a modern interpretation of the traditional tea. The design of the bottle was inspired by Indian henna tattoos. The logo is intended to elegantly portray the blossoming of all the ingredients.”

The concept won over the jury at the World Spirits Award: Lilah was awarded gold.
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Gold 95"Lilah" Naturally Flavoured Chai Cream2014Details

Handel

Company:
Armin Breinl Handel
Address:
St. Peter Pfarrweg 26
Place:
8010 Graz
Country:
Austria
Products:
  • Spirituosen Wiederverkauf
  • Destillerie
2B Hemp Gin: Styrian gin experience

Two visionaries, Armin Breinl (doctor, drink creator, musician) and Wolfgang Thomann (gin maker), have created a completely new gin experience with real hemp powder: 2B HEMP GIN (inspired by AEIJST). On 17th November 2018, the two invited guests to the first tasting of 2B HEMP GIN in the AEIJST GIN distillery in St. Nikolai in the Sausal Valley.

Made from organic juniper berries, this innovative gin has an impressive, mild and fruity taste and a typical hemp note. Due to its unique aroma, it not only tastes good neat, but also creates a ‘wow’ effect in cocktails – as proven in the long drink Styrian Pale Gin AEIJST refined with 2B HEMP.

For thousands of years, hemp has been grown as a valuable plant, be it for rope, fabric, paper or as an active ingredient in ointments and tinctures. Hemp has always been highly valued for its medicinal properties, yet recently has been demonised as an addictive drug and has suffered under its ensuing prohibition, originating in the USA. These days hemp is regaining importance and is being used more as a luxury food as well as in medicine as a therapeutic agent.

The Lifestyle Trading company, run by Armin Breinl, is an innovative beverage producer, which is already known amongst trade professionals for its sugar-free ‘func- tional fruit drinks’. The drinks have a high fruit content (more than 50 per cent) and additional natural, vital substances and have an energising, relaxing and regenerative effect.

At the World Spirits Award, there was silver for 2B HEMP GIN.
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Silver 89.32B HEMP GIN2020Details

Handel

Company:
Diageo
Address:
Lakeside Drive
Place:
NW10 7HQ London
Country:
United Kingdom
Products:
  • Spirituosen Wiederverkauf
  • Destillerie
Diageo – From London to the whole world

Approximately 33,000 employees are employed worldwide at Diageo, the market leader in premium spirits, with Smirnoff (vodka), Johnnie Walker (whiskey), J&B (Scotch whiskey), Baileys (liqueur), Captain Morgan (rum), Cuervo (tequila) and Tanqueray (gin), Guinness beer and branded wines. Production takes place all around the world: from Great Britain and Ireland, Italy, Spain and Africa, to the USA, Canada, Latin America, Australia, India and the Caribbean. The global corporation emerged in 1997 from the merger between Guinness and GrandMet. 180 markets around the world are handled from its London headquarters.

A lot of work and lots of attention to detail go into creating the in-depth product descriptions on Diageo’s website. Information and analysis is provided about issues ranging from detailed descriptions of the production down to the most minute ingredients. Finally, they are aware of the size of their company and also of their responsibilities as a supplier of alcoholic products. The name Diageo was also deliberately chosen – it represents their agenda. Put together from ‘dia’ (the Latin word for ‘day’) and ‘geo’ (the Greek word for ‘world’), it means that every day people are celebrating all over the world with products from their company. These products open up possibilities never dreamed of for special days and nights, marking special life events and even making the smaller things in life feel magical.

Participation in the World Spirits Award was magical: there was double gold for Tanqueray No. 10 (Spirit of the Year 2016), gold for Gordon’s London Dry Gin and Tanqueray London Dry Gin, as well as silver for Tanqueray Rangpur.
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Double-Gold 96.3Tanqueray No. 102016Details
Gold 94.3Tanqueray London Dry Gin2016Details
Gold 92Gordon’s London Dry Gin2016Details
Silver 87Tamqueray Rangpur2016Details