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Destillerie

Company:
D&V Spiracy GmbH
Address:
Brixnerstraße 1
Place:
6020 Innsbruck
Country:
Austria
Products:
  • Gin
D&V Spiracy: Tyrolean gin as a taste ambassador

Vincent Offermanns and Dennis Kolwey worked in gastronomy for many years and discovered a mutual liking for the aromatic variety and creative presentation of gin. Their wish to create their own gin is therefore understandable. With a distinctive taste and strong character in the finish, it was intended to show a new approach, away from traditional juniper dominance or floral infusions. The high quality standards of London Dry Gin were to be combined with the creativity of New Western Style Gin. They aimed for a premium gin that reflected their personal development, as well as the key notion of ‘Think for yourself – questgin authority’.

From collecting the botanicals and macerating them to labelling and inscribing the bottles, they do everything themselves. They found the perfect partner in the fine brandy sommelier Arno Pauli, who had a similar mentality and was open to new ideas. Distilling takes place at his distillery in Absam in Tyrol. Ginspiracy is made in a 150-litre copper still. In accordance with the motto ‘small batch, big taste’, each batch only comprises 1,000 bottles – left natural and unfiltered. Sales without retailers was a conscious choice, in order to forge direct contact with gastronomic enterprises and end customers.

Ginspiracy is based on a composition of 33 botanicals. Apart from the traditional hint of juniper, it exudes lavender, cardamom and fenugreek aromas, harmonising with typical Tyrolean woods such as spruce, larch and arolla pine. 12 botanicals are picked by hand at over 1,600 metres above sea level in the Zillertal Alps, ensuring the distinctive aromas and the taste potential.

At the World Spirits Award, gold was awarded to Ginspiracy Premium Tyrolean Gin.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Gold 93Premium Tyrolean Gin2023Details

Destillerie

Company:
Heaven Hill Distillery
Address:
1311 Gilkey Run Road
Place:
Bardstown, Kentucky 40004
Country:
United States
Products:
  • Whisky USA
Evan Williams – Kentucky Straight Bourbon whiskey with tradition

Evan Williams founded the first commercial distillery in Kentucky in 1783. He was unable to sell his rich cereal harvest due to transport routes and so decided to use the corn to distil whiskey instead. This was easier to transport and the local water, which flows over limestone ground, gives the whiskey its characteristic flavour. Production is based on a traditional recipe including all the details specific to a small distillery. Evan Williams today owns the Heaven Hill Distilleries, the biggest family-owned distillery in the USA which was founded in the 1930s. It offers a wide range of products such as American whiskey, rum, tequila, vodka, gin, brandy, cognac, etc. and is exported to 60 countries worldwide.

The classic ‘Black Label’, the second strongest bourbon in the world, matures for three times longer than is legally required. Combined with the higher alcohol content, an intensive, full and soft flavour emerges. ‘Evan Williams 1783’ is bottled after 10 years of ageing in a limited selection of casks. The ‘Single Barrel’ comes from one single cask with the number and filling date added to the bottle by hand. It is left to mature in white oak casks on the top shelves of the warehouse. Significant temperature fluctuations mean that the flavour varies from cask to cask. The Elijah Craig 12 Y is left to mature for 12 years in American holm oak casks and only 100 casks are filled each year. The company namesake lived during the 18th century and invented the Kentucky Bourbon. Legend states that he burnt down the barn in which his casks were stored. The whiskeys therefore aged more quickly and acquired a special aroma and colour.

Elijah Craig performed well at the World Spirits Award (double gold). There was also gold for the rest: Evan Williams Black Label, Evan Williams 1783 and Evan Williams Single Barrel.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Double-Gold 95.7Elijah Craig2013Details
Gold 95Evan Williams 17832013Details
Gold 94Evan Williams Black Lable2013Details
Gold 90Evan Williams Single Barrel2013Details

Handel

Company:
Proof Drinks Ltd
Address:
41 Great Portland Street
Place:
London W1W 7LA
Country:
United Kingdom
Products:
  • Spirituosen Wiederverkauf
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Gold 94.3Cazcabel Coffee Liqueur mit Tequila Blanco2016Details
Gold 92.7Cazcabel Honey Liqueur mit Tequeila Blanco2016Details
Gold 91.3Cazcabel Gold "Edicion Oro"2016Details
Gold 91Cazcabel Blanco "Silver Edicion"2016Details

Handel

Company:
Luding Group
Address:
Ryabinovaya Str. 55, Building 1
Place:
121471 Москва 471
Country:
Russian Federation
Products:
  • Spirituosen Wiederverkauf
Luding Group: Vodka Tchaikovsky as a high-spirited homage to the famous composer

At the beginning of the 1990s, the modern distillery ‘Fortuna’ was launched in a green field in the south of Russia – in the Krasnodar region, a strip of land with spa resorts and health centres. The distillery has specialised in unusual products, in a region with a particularly green fingerprint. The vodka created in honour of the great Russian composer Tchaikovsky is special. The concept for this exceptional product is comparable with one of his musical scores: the work ‘Swan Lake’ served as an inspiration. Art enthusiasts can thus immerse themselves in the history of Russian estate life in the 19th century. The traditional white and blue colours underline the purity of this vodka.

The technical particularities span a wide quality-orientated spectrum: from the selected wheat, their own well water and the special treatment of the distillate with skimmed milk powder to the crystal-clear filtration with active birch coal. With so much perfectionism and monitoring of the individual production steps, the result is an especially gentle, animating and very typical vodka based on wheat. After the diluting of alcohol and pure distillate, the production process is continued with maturation in steel tanks. The aim is to ‘wed’ both ‘waters’, resulting in an especially harmonious vodka.

At the World Spirits Award 2022, Vodka Tchaikovsky was awarded double gold and honoured as the best vodka with the title ‘Spirit of the Year’.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Double-Gold 95.3TCHAIKOVSKY2022Details
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