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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

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 is a diverse beverage company for 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.

The Burgmannshof Korn has been available since November 2020, which serves the ongoing trend of the premiumisation of the traditional Korn (grain distillate) segment. Distilled at their own Hof Destillerie in Haselünne in Lower Saxony from 100% wheat, it is stored for six months at the historical 14th century Burgmannshof in French oak barrels. An unmistakable signature also characterises the Edelkorn Vom alten Fass Hof Edition, a double-distilled Korn from mature grain.

The premium liqueurs also present the tradition of high-quality spirits: Landlikör Zwetschge (damson liqueur), refined with fruit brandy, is characterised by a balanced sweetness. Landlikör Haselnuss (hazelnut liqueur) brings together full-bodied hazelnut distillate and finely distilled wheat grain. For the Tres Países Port Cask Finish rum, distillates from Central America and the Caribbean mature for up to eight years in a tropical climate. After the perfect blending, it is refined for a further six months in old port barrels, resulting in a mild and highly complex rum – a sensual invitation to the Caribbean.

At the World Spirits Award, there was silver for Burgmannshof Korn, Tres Países Port Cask Finish, Landlikör Haselnuss (hazelnut liqueur), Landlikör Zwetschge (damson liqueur) and Vom alten Fass Hof Edition, as well as bronze for Landlikör Birne (pear liqueur).
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Silver 89Tres Países Port Cask Finish2022Details
Silver 88I.B. Berentzen Landlikör Haselnuss2022Details
Silver 88Berentzen Vom alten Fass Hof Edition2022Details
Silver 84I.B. Berentzen Landlikör Zwetschge2022Details
Silver 82Berentzen Burgmannshof Korn2022Details
Bronze 77I.B. Berentzen Landlikör Birne2022Details

Destillerie

Company:
LAW - Spirit of Ibiza
Address:
Crta. Sta. Eulalia, KM 2
Place:
7840 Sta. Eulalia
Country:
Spain
Products:
  • Gin
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Gold 90LAW London Dry Gin2021Details

Destillerie

Company:
Feinbrennerei Simon's
Address:
Dörsthof 4
Place:
63755 Alzenau in Unterfranken
Country:
Germany
Products:
  • Obst-Brände
Feinbrennerei Simon – The art of distilling from the Spessart peaks

This distillery in Wolfsgrund close to Alzenau was founded in 1879 by the great-great-grandfather of the current owner Severin Simon and the portrait of Johann Simon can be found on every bottle. The classic range comprises fine fruit and fiery fruit brandies, an international range and the highlight products of whiskey, vodka (made from spelt), gin and brandy (distilled from Pinot noir). Regionality is a priority in the production of these authentic, unmistakeable products. The majority of the fruits come from the distillery’s own fruit trees and other plants from the Kahlgrund area. Preservation of the local cultural landscape with its charming valleys, meadows, vineyards, fields and woods plays a key role.

Storage in wooden barrels made from Spessart oak is particularly important and an essential part of expanding the range of high quality brandies. Experience in the careful handling of brandy and wood has led to some magnificent flavoured from these cask-aged specialities. Lots of local fruit varieties have been used from apples to damsons as well as wines from the company’s own vineyards and local grain. In terms of the whiskey, home-grown barley, quality Franconian malt, the finest Spessart oak, a few secret ingredients and lots of passion create a real explosion. The ‘whisky pope Jim Murray’ was particularly impressed: “Fascinating and very different ... definitely worth buying”.

This emphasises the convincing performance at the World Spirits Award: the company was classified as a Master Class Distillery 2013 with gold for the Mirabelle plum, cherry, Zwetschge Holz (damson wood) and Bavaria Whiskey as well as silver for the Wolfsschluchtwasser (apple brandy), apple brandy, coffee spirit and Gin Next Level.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Gold 92.3Kirsch2013Details
Gold 92.3Mirabelle2013Details
Gold 92Zwetschge Holz2013Details
Gold 90Bavaria Whiskey2013Details
Silver 89Wolfsschluchtwasser2013Details
Silver 86Apfelbrand2013Details
Silver 83Gin "Next Level"2013Details
Silver 81Kaffee-Geist2013Details

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