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Destillerie

Company:
Elch Edelbrände
Address:
Thuisbrunn 11
Place:
91322 Gräfenberg
Country:
Germany
Products:
  • Obst-Brände
Elch Edelbrände: Brandies, whisky and beers from Franconia

Georg Kugler (born in 1977) used to stand in wonder in front of his godfather’s still as a child and wanted every single step explained to him in detail. In 2002, he fulfilled his dream: he took over his godfather’s renowned restaurant, including the distillery rights, and he added a brewery. In 2013, the now father-of-three replaced the original distillery from the 1960s with a highly modern system with one of the largest stills in the country (1,000 l).

This passionate distiller has experimented with different fermentation temperatures, distilling methods and different yeasts, and developed his own line of straight brandies that are clearly defined in taste. As one of the first fine brandy sommeliers (2012) and beer sommeliers (2013), he is fascinated by the nuances of flavours, and he also combines the worlds of brewing and distilling. And so, you can find brandies maturing in wooden casks besides Williams pear, quince and cherry brandies in historic rock caverns. A few years ago, Georg Kugler began to work more intensively with whisky. He has been producing the smoky Single Malt Whisky since 2017, for which the malt is kiln-dried for the first time over German peat. The storage in sherry, bourbon and acacia wood barrels provides the Elch whisky with its special aroma.

At the World Spirits Award, there was double gold for Fass 41, gold for Fass 1, Fass 24, Torf vom Dorf, and silver for Akazienfass Nr. 15.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Double-Gold 96.7Fass 412020Details
Gold 94.3Torf vom Dorf2020Details
Gold 92.3Fass 242020Details
Gold 90.3Fass 12020Details
Silver 87Akazienfass Nr. 152020Details

Destillerie

Company:
Gentlemans Food UG
Address:
Bismarckstraße 21
Place:
20259 Hamburg
Country:
Germany
Products:
  • Rum
Ron Elba – Rum from the Elbe

At Ron Elba the clue is in the name – a rum from the Elbe. It is produced by hand by two young men from Hamburg: Hannes, a process engineer, has a penchant for concentrating aromas in distillates. That means he was probably made to manufacture rum. Daniel, a businessman and sports lover, found Hannes to be a congenial partner following his conversion to a cognoscente of fine drink. Both men are neither marketing professionals nor large investors; they see themselves as ‘men of conviction, who have made rum with a love of detail’. They worked over two years on producing a rum which stands out immediately from industrial products. With it they attract people who are also not entirely satisfied with what’s on offer.

The choice molasses comes from the island of Mauritius. Cultured yeast is also used. The rum is surprisingly fruity and complex, it needs neither artificial aromas nor sugar, and is therefore described as a ‘dry’ rum. Distillation (still) takes place at a colleague’s distillery in a three-stage rectifier with a special process stage, which makes the distillate especially smooth. From mashing to fermentation tracking to distilling and blending with northern German well water and filling into bottles, both aficionados are always present. The objective is to grow organically, in order to purchase their own distilling equipment as soon as possible and to establish a new rum distillery in Hamburg.

At the World Spirits Award, there was gold for Ron Elba – Hamburg Dry Rum.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Gold 94.3Ron Elba - Hamburg Dry Rum2017Details

Handel

Company:
LLC “Prevelon Rus”
Address:
55 Ryabinovaya str.
Place:
121471 Москва 471
Country:
Russian Federation
Products:
  • Wodka
  • Destillerie
Prevelon: Premium vodka by order of the Kremlin

Kremlin Premium Vodka was created as the official drink for all diplomatic receptions and banquets at the Kremlin and was intended as the hallmark of high-ranking events. The decision in favour of the most traditional Russian drink was unanimous. It was only produced on special order and in limited amounts. The first large batch of this ‘protocol’ vodka was ordered in February 1945 for the Yalta Conference. Kremlin Award Grand Premium came on the market in 2011 and is exported to 38 countries, and in many of them it holds the top position in the ultra-premium vodka category. Since 2016, the product range has included Kremlin Award Classic, which enjoys great popularity amongst all partners.

Two products have been added to the product range. Kremlin Award Organic is based on alcohol that is produced from the highest quality organic wheat, and on natural drinking water. The vodka passes through a multi-stage purification through pure birchwood charcoal. The alcohol for Kremlin Award Vintage is made from organic grains from the same harvest. The wheat grains are stored in a grain silo until they reach their physiological maturity in order to get a high-quality base product. The ‘luxury alcohol’ is then mixed with natural drinking water and, after purification, is granted a resting period. Production is limited to the year stated on the label.

At the World Spirits Award, there was gold for Kremlin Award Organic and Kremlin Award Vintage.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Gold 93.3Kremlin Award Vintage2020Details
Gold 93Kremlin Award Organic2020Details

Handel

Company:
S.P.I. Spirits Ltd., Cyprus Stolichnaya
Address:
Kanika Business Center, 5th floor
Place:
3311 Cyprus Limassol
Country:
Cyprus
Products:
  • Spirituosen Wiederverkauf
  • Destillerie
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Double-Gold 95.7Stolichnaya Gold2013Details
Gold 93Stolichnaya Premium Vodka2013Details