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In December 2015, four friends captured the ‘spirit’ of an idea: they were thinking about gin. Nearly a year later a small batch was bottled by hand. The individuality of a gin lies in the combination of the botanicals, in this case it is the exotic selection: mate tea, goji berries, physalis and a hint of rose. The Klippenziege is a New Western Dry Gin, in which juniper plays the main role amongst the other botanicals.
It is produced in the Habbel Distillery, which guarantees excellent quality thanks to its experience – it was established in 1878 and is now in the family’s fourth generation. The former Korn distillery in Sprockhövel with adjoining farmland is now the largest fruit distillery in the Ruhr region, as a traditional manufacturer it stands out with its attention to detail. The entire manufacturing process at Klippenziege can also be observed on-site.
The bottle and the label are also special. Designer Levent Aydin drew it carefully by hand, and then digitalised it before perfecting it. First it is printed, then coated, then stamped and embossed. The elegant result stands for friendship, solidarity and love. Working together in a friendly and familiar atmosphere connects people with a passion for life who share one important belief: that the product should encourage people to slow down, allowing for mindful enjoyment.
At the World Spirits Award, there was silver for Mate Dry Gin.
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- Spirituosen Wiederverkauf
Under the umbrella of Seven-Spirits there is already a collection of the finest spirits, and the portfolio is constantly being expanded to offer customers a broad choice of well-known brand-named products from all over the world. The main focus is on the search for attractive products for the future as well as reliable partners, as company director Dirk Verpoorten points out. With HirschRudel, a herb liqueur has come onto the market which has its roots with his grandmother, Elly.
In a large suitcase from her estate he found a poetry album in which she had carefully written down the recipe. Fascinated by his discovery, he tried it out and was thrilled with its taste, which is based on a unique mix of 31 different herbs. These are only macerated cold for four weeks, to retain all aromas. Maturation takes over six months – unusually long for a herb liqueur. The bottles are filled and labelled by hand and are sold in limited very small amounts.
At the World Spirits Award, the herb spirit received a gold medal.
The Ziegler fine fruit distillery is one of the sales partners of Seven-Spirits, and with their excellent products they also held a strong hand at the World Spirits Award: double gold was awarded to Aureum 1865 Cask Strength, there was gold for G=in³ Classic, and silver for Aureum 1865.
Distillation has a long history in Neuzelle, Brandenburg. The Cistercian abbey once also included a tavern where brandy was produced. This tradition of distilling was re-evoked in 1997 in the form of the newly founded abbey distillery, reviving 400 years of history. Supported by 150 shareholders, a company was founded to revitalise the existing distilling tradition.
Various liqueurs are produced here by hand alongside classical brandies and spirits made from stone fruits and berries, and are particularly important here. The two herb liqueurs are especially important pillars of the product range. In recent years, Nico Petri, who has been the distiller in the company since 2004, has dedicat-ed himself intensively to the perfection of the first Neuzelle Gin, from the first attempts in 2013 to the sales launch in summer 2018. “You just have to imagine” became his personal motto during the development peri-od – and this is also how the gin got its name: I’m a Gin! In the selection of the botanicals, it was paramount that they support the character of the juniper: lemon and bitter orange peels, liquorice, coriander, cinnamon bark, angelica root, calendula blossoms and lavender. In December 2018, ‘Sloe Meets Gin’ was introduced, a sloe liqueur with a gin base, to complement the current gin selection.
At the World Spirits Award, there was gold for IMA.GIN and IMA.GIN Sloe Meets Gin.
- Obst-Geiste & Spirituosen
The products of the traditional Vienna-based company are appreciated both by the catering industry and retail. The broad product range includes all kinds of liqueurs, from fruit liqueurs, spice liqueurs, coffee liqueurs and nut liqueurs to egg and cream-based liqueurs. The herb bitters, which is based on an ancient recipe, is the centrepiece of the spice liqueur category. But there is a wide range of other spirits on offer, from Inländer rum to Austrian vodka.
In 1880, Wilhelm Hauck founded a liqueur, spirits and fruit juice manufacturing company in the Schottenfeldgasse in Vienna. In 1948, Wilhelm Mückstein senior took over the company. In 1955, he bought A. H. Gautier & Co in Perchtoldsdorf and production was moved there. In 1963, Wilhelm Mückstein junior joined the company as head of production and, after the death of his father, took over the management in 1979. In 1984, Gautier-Mückstein moved to Wien-Liesing. Since 2003, Florian Mückstein has managed the company as the third generation. In 2011, production moved to the new, modern site in Wien-Oberlaa. In 2016, Gautier-Mückstein set an important step having been certified as Austria’s first climate-neutral spirits producer.
The World Class Distillery 2019 BILI (Distillery of the Year 2019 – Gold) received double gold for ChocoLat Nougat (Spirit of the Year 2019), ChocoLat Chilli, gold for Amaretto Liqueur, Marzipan Cream Liqueur, ChocoLat Orange, ChocoLat Pear, ChocoLat Banana, ChocoLat Mint, and silver for Coconut Liqueur.