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Handel

Company:
BURSCHIK`S R. Nfg. Erste österr. Wermutwein-Kellerei
Address:
Zinckgasse 8
Place:
1150 Wien
Country:
Austria
Products:
  • Spirituosen Wiederverkauf
  • Destillerie


AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Gold 93.3Burschik's Vermouth Klassik2020Details
Gold 92Burschik's Vermouth Red2020Details
Silver 89.3Burschik's Vermouth Dry2020Details
Silver 89Burschik's Vermouth Oak2020Details

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:
Asbach GmbH
Address:
Hubert-Underberg-Allee 1
Place:
47493 Rheinberg
Country:
Germany
Products:
  • Weinbrand
Asbach: The spirit of wine

This specialist spirit from Rüdesheim am Rhein has been successful for more than 125 years thanks to its strict brand and quality philosophy. The proof is reflected by its 87% brand recognition and being distinguished as ‘Brand of the Century’. Extraordinary quality is guaranteed by an elaborate distillation method and lengthy storage of the distillates in limousine oak in a unique cask store: over 20,000 casks contain more than 120 valuable brandies which are up to 65 years old. Asbach specialities are composed of up to 20 individual distillates of different ages.

The company dates back to 1892 when Hugo Asbach turned his back on his adopted homeland of France and fulfilled his dream of setting up his own company in Rüdesheim. He used his knowledge to create a product which was on a par with French cognac, yet at the same time paying special attention to German tastes. The product range has been extended several times during the company’s history. Today, Asbach is the only brand in the cognac/brandy category to offer premium quality with a specification of the product’s age.

The Master Class Distillery received gold for Asbach Uralt, Asbach aged 8 years, Asbach aged 12 years, Asbach aged 15 years and Eaux de Vie de Riesling, and silver for Asbach Original aged 3 years and Asbach Aperitif Rosé.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Gold 92.3Asbach 12 Jahre gereift2020Details
Gold 91.3Asbach 8 Jahre gereift2020Details
Gold 90.3Asbach Uralt2020Details
Gold 90Eaux de Vie de Riesling2020Details
Gold 90Asbach 15 Jahre gereift2020Details
Silver 88Asbach Original aged 3 years2020Details
Silver 81Asbach Aperitif Rosé2020Details

Destillerie

Company:
Windspiel Manufaktur GmbH
Address:
Weilerhof
Place:
54570 Berlingen
Country:
Germany
Products:
  • Gin
Windspiel: From the field to the bottle

At the Weilerhof farm in the Vulkaneifel region, Sandra Wimmeler and Denis Lönnendonker grow the pota-toes for their down-to-earth spirit, which is all produced by hand: from sorting to attaching the ribbons to the gold ring on the bottleneck. After the harvest, the potatoes are carefully washed, finely ground, added to drinking water and worked into a pumpable paste. This is heated to destroy any germs, and the transfor-mation from starch to sugar begins. After slowly being cooled down, a special yeast is added and the mash ferments in a tank. After three rounds of distillation, the basis for all the products is finished – an alcohol with a delicate mildness and characteristic potato note.

For the Premium Dry Gin juniper, lemon peel, coriander, lavender blossoms, ginger and cinnamon are added (the rest remains a secret). The Reserve is stored for many months in oak barrels and is exceptionally mild with its 50 percent alcohol by volume – perfect for enjoying on the rocks. The Navy Strength with 57 percent alcohol by volume is rounded off by ingredients from the routes of the colonial rulers from the past. For the Sloe Gin, hand-selected sloes from the Eifel region are preserved in 70 percent Premium Dry Gin, before the macerate is mixed with the 47 percent gin, sloe juice and sugar. The 30 percent juice adds a subtle sweetness to the bitter note – an ideal sundowner. The product range is completed by barrel matured vodka and a herb spirit.

At the World Spirits Award, there was gold for Windspiel Premium Dry Gin, Windspiel Premium Dry Gin Navy Strength, Windspiel Premium Sloe Gin and Windspiel Premium Dry Gin Reserve.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Gold 94Windspiel Premium Dry Gin2019Details
Gold 93Windspiel Premium Dry Gin Navy Strength2019Details
Gold 93Windspiel Premium Dry Gin Reserve2019Details
Gold 93Windspiel Premium Sloe Gin2019Details