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Handel

Company:
Tradition Mexico GmbH
Address:
Bernhard Höfel Straße 14
Place:
6020 Innsbruck
Country:
Austria
Products:
  • Spirituosen Wiederverkauf
Tradition Mexico – Tequila without compromises

The friends behind Padre azul, the new tequila in the premium segment, stand united on one matter: their passion for Mexico. “We appreciate high quality tequila, and with Padre azul we are bringing an exclusive product to Europe. We searched for the perfect distillery for a long time. At Tres Mujeres in Jalisco in the highlands of Mexico we found what we were looking for.” 100% Mexico – 100% handcraft – 100% agave.

These requirements and quality criteria apply to the whole production process, which is why each bottle also wears the sought-after quality seal from the Mexican authorities, “Consejo Regulador del Tequila” (CRT). There were no compromises when it came to the design of the bottles: they are made by hand and adorned with a 270g skull which represents the skull culture of Mexico.

Padre azul is available in three grades of maturity, depending on the length of storage. The Añejo usually spends eighteen months in French oak barrels to achieve a mature, full-bodied taste. The Reposado needs at least eight months in barrels for its subtle vanilla tone. The Blanco is a clear tequila which is bottled straight after distillation – it is soft and mild in taste. None of the three need salt or lemon – you can enjoy them neat. True to the motto: no compromises.

At the World Spirits Award, the trio was very successful: there was double gold for Super Premium Tequila Padre azul anejo, gold for Super Premium Tequila Padre azul reposado, and silver for Super Premium Tequila Padre azul blanco.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Double-Gold 95.3Super Premium Tequila Padre azul anejo2016Details
Gold 93.3Super Premium Tequila Padre azul reposado2016Details
Silver 89Super Premium Tequila Padre azul blanco2016Details

Handel

Company:
DBC PR - Jim Beam Suntory
Address:
1027 33rd St NW
Place:
20007 Washington
Country:
United States
Products:
  • Whisky USA
Jim Beam Distillery – Bourbon straight on

Knob Creek is named after a rivulet in Kentucky, the home of President Abraham Lincoln. His steadfast attitude seems to serve as an example for this straightforward bourbon. The square ‘chemist’s bottle’ suits these traditional values perfectly, as does the striking label which is reminiscent of the old tradition of wrapping bottles in newspaper. To this day, a mixture of experience and craftsmanship is the recipe for success for the bourbon from Knob Creek.

The bourbon was at the peak of its success in 1919, when the nationwide prohibition of the sale, manufacture and transport of alcohol began – lasting until 1933. Following this, a new start was impossible for many distilleries; others couldn’t finance the customary long maturing process of the bourbon. This situation motivated Booker Noe to revive the traditional bourbon style from the time before the prohibition: rich in aroma, with discreet sweetness due to year-long maturation in strongly ‘toasted’ wooden barrels from American white oak. In 1950, he joined the family business – his mother was the daughter of Jim Beam, which meant bourbon was already in his blood – and completed his training as Master Distiller. With the small series of premium bourbon he launched, the term ‘batch’ (small) was established and revolutionised the industry. His son, Fred Noe, continues with this clear strategy: “I learnt the business from scratch, listened to my father and learnt on the job. I know what it means to make perfect bourbon. Each bottle is a reflection of my family.” Since 1992, the Knob Creek brand has represented these values with the perfect combination of tradition and top quality.

A golden trio was successful at the World Spirits Award: Knob Creek Rye Whiskey Small Batch, Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve Bourbon and Knob Creek Straight Bourbon.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Gold 93.7Knob Creek Rye Whiskey Small Batch2016Details
Gold 93Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve Bourbon2016Details
Gold 91.7Knob Creek Straight Bourbon2016Details

Destillerie

Company:
Pemberton Distillery Inc.
Address:
Po Box 76
Place:
Pemberton, BC VON 2LO
Country:
Canada
Products:
  • Wodka
  • Whisky USA
Pemberton Distillery - Power of potatoes

The fertile Pemberton Valley, an impressive area of natural beauty in British Columbia, is renowned for its potatoes. In the summer of 2002, the brothers Tyler and Jonathan Schramm were talking about what else could be made from these simple yet excellent raw materials at their small family farm, apart from seed and eating potatoes. And so they came across the ideal basis for vodka making: organic potatoes and glacier water from the region.

Tyler Schramm gained the technological expertise he needed during his studies at the Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. He wrote his dissertation on vodka production and developed the original recipe for the "Schramm Vodka". Back in Canada, he went on to set up a distillery which the three brothers Tyler, Jonathan and Jake ran themselves during winter 2008 along with an energy-saving heating and cooling facility.

In spring 2009, the first attempts at distilling began. They used five types of potato which were processed unpeeled so as to retain the aromas - unlike the industrially produced "neutral-tasting" vodka. In July 2009, the first batch of vodka was produced and supplied in elegant bottles. It is the only certified organic vodka in the world made from potatoes and has been selected as the "Olympic Spirit" for the Winter Games of 2010 in Vancouver and Whistler. Of course, there are also plenty of plans for the future: in summer 2010, a single malt will be developed from organic cereal grains - using a careful hands-on process of course. This will then be stored in oak casks for five to ten years before being bottled.

The vodka certainly hit the mark at the World-Spirits Award: all the hard work paid off - the product was praised for being an "example we can all learn from" by the jury and was awarded two golds.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Double-Gold 95.3Vodka2010Details

Destillerie

Company:
St. Nicolaus - trade, a.s.
Address:
Trnavská cesta 100
Place:
82101 Bratislava
Country:
Slovakia
Products:
  • Wodka
  • Obst-Geiste & Spirituosen
  • Liköre
  • Obst-Brände
St. Nicolaus – Specialities from Slovakia

The St. Nicolaus Corporation is the market leader in Slovakian spirits and has been producing traditional and popular spirits and distillates from first-class raw materials for nearly 150 years. Production is linked to the tradition of spirit production in the Liptau region, where the master of spirits, Armín Štark, founded the first spirit refinery in the town of Liptovský Mikuláš in 1867.

The portfolio includes dozens of brands, the most important being Nicolaus Vodka, Demänovka herb liqueur, fruit spirits Jubilejná and Spirituosen Klasik. In addition, there is a broad range of gin, rum, brandy, liqueurs, fruit and bitter spirits and juniper brandies. The Slovenské Vinice brand represents Slovakian wines from popular grape varieties, which are selected by an international commission of experts. As well as domestic production in Liptovský, Mikuláš and Leopoldov, St. Nicolaus also has a brandy distillery and liqueur factory in Vásárosnamény, Hungary, where top quality fruit spirits are produced under the brand name St. Nicolaus Exclusive Edition. The corporation is also sole distributor for the brands Soberano, Lepanto and the premium gin The London No.1. The company also has sales agencies in the Czech Republic and in Hungary, and their products are distributed in many countries all over the world.

At the World Spirits Award there was gold for Nicolaus Extra Jemna Vodka and Nicolaus Platinum 78 Vodka.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Gold 95Nicolaus Platinum 78 Vodka2017Details
Gold 92.3Nicolaus Extra Jemna Vodka2017Details