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Destillerie

Company:
Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery
Address:
5204 24th Street
Place:
V1T 8X2 Vernon BC
Country:
Canada
Products:
  • Obst-Brände
Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery: Pioneer in farm-to-flask distilling

West Canada’s original craft distillery evolved in 2004 from the idea of making spirits from local fruits and grains. Today the portfolio includes more than 30 international award-winning products, from whisky to gin, vodka, brandy, aquavit, absinth and fruit liqueurs, produced at two locations. Whisky makes up more than half of the production of around 100,000 bottles a year.

CEO Tyler Dyck, President of the Craft Distiller’s Guild of British Columbia, has the goal of modernising the politics of spirits in Western Canada and to guarantee the authenticity of the distilleries so that distillers are rewarded when they produce products that reflect their local history – authentically farm-to-flask.

The passion, skill and creativity of three full-time distillers (Peter von Hahn, Chris Burke, Sonia Young) are behind the successful diversity of products.

To go with the classification of Master Class Distillery and World Class Distillery, there was double gold for Laird of Fintry Cask Strength, gold for Haskap Liqueur, Cherry Liqueur, Blueberry Liqueur, Absinthe TABOO, Laird of Fintry, Laird of Fintry Blue Label, BRBN and Rye Whisky. There was silver for Black Currant Liqueur, Aquavitus, Family Reserve Gin and Evolve Gin, and bronze for Reserve Vodka.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Double-Gold 95.3Laid of Fintry Cask Strength2020Details
Gold 93.7Laird of Fintry Blue Laird2020Details
Gold 93.3Okanagan Spirits Absinthe TABOO2020Details
Gold 92.3Okanagan Spirits Blueberry Liqueur2020Details
Gold 92Okanagan Spirits Haskap Liqueur2020Details
Gold 92Rye Whisky2020Details
Gold 91.7Okanagan Spirits Cherry Liqueur2020Details
Gold 91Laird of Fintry2020Details
Gold 90.3BRBN2020Details
Silver 89.7Okanagan Spirits Black Currant Liqueur2020Details
Silver 89Okanagan Spirits Aquavitus2020Details
Silver 82Okanagan Spirits Family Reserve Gin2020Details
Silver 80Okanagan Spirits Evolve Gin2020Details
Bronze 77Okanagan Spirits Family Reserve Vodka2020Details

Destillerie

Company:
Platinumbrands LLC
Address:
111 N Wynden Estates Ct
Place:
77056 Houston
Country:
United States
Products:
  • Tequila
Casa Maestri: A long, loyal love of tequila

The Destiladora del Valle de Tequila was founded in the year 2000 by Michael and Celia Maestri, who come from families with deep roots in the Mexican tequila industry. Together, the couple have been involved in the production of tequila for over 70 years – perfect conditions for extra smooth tequila. The result of these efforts has resonated around the world. In addition, they produce for 90 other companies.

Casa Maestri was able to establish itself as the leading contract manufacturer of tequila in Mexico and the eleventh largest exporter within a relatively short time, despite the traditional main competitors. The flagship brand Reserva de MFM is a homage to the blue agave that is cultivated in the hills of Tequila, Jalisco. For this purpose, Michael Maestri conceived a special aroma and taste profile with the well-known Maestra Tequilera Ana Maria Romero.

Priority is given to agaves with a higher sugar content as a basis for higher alcohol production during the fermentation and an increase accordingly of the ester volumes as a basis for more taste. The removal of as many leaves as possible reduces the bitterness and ensures a purer aroma in the end product. The piñas are cooked for a long time in traditional ovens with thick stone walls, making the fibres softer and converting the complex starches into fermentable sugars. After hashing and grinding, the syrup is fermented freely in large tanks. The longer the process, the tangier and more aromatic the tequila is. It is distilled in 5,000-litre copper pot stills.

At the World Spirits Award, gold was awarded to Blanco Casa Maestri Reserva de MFM, Reposado Casa Maestri Reserva de MFM and Añejo Casa Maestri Reserva de MFM.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Gold 94Blanco Casa Maestri Reserva De MFM2023Details
Gold 92Anejo Casa Maestri Reserva De MFM2023Details
Gold 91Reposado Casa Maestri Reserva De MFM2023Details

Handel

Company:
DBC PR - Jim Beam Suntory
Address:
1027 33rd St NW
Place:
20007 Washington
Country:
United States
Products:
  • Spirituosen Wiederverkauf
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:
MBG International Premium Brands GmbH
Address:
Oberes Feld 13
Place:
33106 Paderborn
Country:
Germany
Products:
  • Spirituosen Wiederverkauf
MBG International Premium Brands – Brands with added value

“We Love Liquids.” This slogan has accompanied MBG on its worldwide path of success since it was founded in 1993 under the name P.O.S. Marketing + Vertrieb GmbH: Strong brands have been established around the world in nearly 60 countries, with innovative own brands, renowned retail brands, great ideas and a lot of energy. With over 250 employees, the MBG Group currently generates over € 200 million and, every year, more than a million hectolitres are produced. The portfolio in Germany includes 12 own brands and 6 retail brands (from non-alcoholic drinks to low proof drinks to wines & spirits) for 90,000 customers.

“Our recipe for successful brands is the mixture of passion, conviction and knowledge of the market. If all goes well, names and products become new worlds which consumers love. Success is not always predictable, which means that courage is needed above all. The right moment has to be found and hard work put in, just like with a hit single: some are one hit wonders while others become classics.” Little can be added to this definition from Managing Director Andreas W. Herb. From the MBG Group headquarters in Paderborn, a great deal of expertise makes successful brands, tailored to the respective target group and the market segment. Many brands that are well known on shop shelves and in the gastronomy sector have played a role in the history of the company.

Participation in the World Spirits Award yielded gold for Dos Mas Nasty Nuts Shot.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Gold 91Dos Mas Nasty Nuts Shot2018Details
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