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Destillerie

Company:
Edelbrände D. Ostermann
Address:
J.-E.-von-Seidel-Straße 23
Place:
92237 Sulzbach-Rosenberg
Country:
Germany
Products:
  • Liköre
  • Obst-Geiste & Spirituosen
Edelbrände Ostermann: Old recipes and new creations

Dietmar Ostermann grew up with fruits and the aroma of fine distillates. He has always been interested in distillation. His father’s experience and the skills he learnt at the University of Hohenheim have helped him to implement his ideas, yet he is convinced that the art of distillation can only be learnt through first-hand experience. The senses cannot be taught which path to choose, they need to learn to work it out on their own.

From the outside, the distillery in Sulzbach-Rosenberg in Upper Palatinate doesn’t look like a place where fine distillates are created. The passion for distillation began a long time ago, with great-grandfather Peter in the 1920s. Father Franz ignited the spark in his son Dietmar to carry on the tradition, which was taken on with a modern licensed distillery in 2018. The repertoire has been continued and expanded with his own creations. The bases are either fruit distillates such as damson, Williams pear, raspberry, sloe or blackcurrant, or liqueurs with fruits or herbs. A London Dry Gin with botanicals from the Jura Mountains is one of a number of innovations. This father-son project took shape while another herbal liqueur was in the making. “It’s a lot of fun to develop something new and to experience the explosion of aromas in the distillery when they are set free during maceration and distillation.”

Their own beverage speciality market supports the success of regional direct marketing, and their online shop is also an important factor in helping to make the brand of OSTERMANN Edelbrände better known.

At the World Spirits Award, there was silver for Blackcurrant Spirit, Wild Raspberry Spirit, Hazelnut Liqueur and Damson Brandy Liqueur.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Silver 87Haselnusslikör2020Details
Silver 87Zwetsch Brandy Likör2020Details
Silver 86Waldhimbeergeist2020Details
Silver 85Johannisbeeregeist aus schwarzer Johannisbeere2020Details

Destillerie

Company:
Schnapsbrennerei Enn - Apparthotel Adler GmbH & Co KG
Address:
Hasenbachweg 475
Place:
5754 Saalbach-Hinterglemm
Country:
Austria
Products:
  • Obst-Brände
  • Liköre
Schnapsbrennerei Enn: Traditional art of distilling with a fresh spirit

In the year 2013, the schnapps distillery Enn won the ‘World Spirits Award’ and since then a lot has happened: Bartl Enn shared his knowledge with the young Sebastian Schwaighofer and ensured that their well-known quality is upheld. In spring 2020, Sebastian took over the enterprise and proved his abilities. The result is innovative creations such as Enns Wermut, which was awarded silver in the ‘Best of Vermouth’ of the specialist magazine Vinaria. The product range also offers classics such as Williams pear, rowanberry and old damson, as well as exotic elements such as banana or orange, various gins and rum – all of this makes Enn a varied business. With its longstanding quality standards and a new spirit, Enn is the perfect partner when it comes to high-quality brandies, fine liqueurs or zeitgeisty spirits.

Most of the refined brandies feature a kosher certificate as a quality guarantee which ensures that the fruits have been produced in accordance with specific criteria for a pure harvest. Only untreated and hand-picked fruits are used to avoid contamination from the ground. The mash is cold-fermented in stainless steel tanks and distilled immediately following the fermentation process. After many years of storage of the distillate in some cases, untreated mountain spring water from the company’s own controlled spring is added to adjust the strength of the drink. Each stage of work is completed with great care and attention to detail from selecting the fruits to hand-bottling the drinks. The result are unique and hand-selected Austrian products, the quality of which is evident from the appearance, taste and smell.

At the World Spirits Award, there was gold for Edelbrand Vogelbeere (rowanberry), Edelbrand Marille (apricot) and ENNs Wermut (vermouth), silver for Edelbrand Williams Birne (pear) and ENNs Gin, and bronze for Edelbrand Rote Williams Birne (pear).
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Gold 94.7Edelbrand Vogelbeere2021Details
Gold 93ENNs Wermut2021Details
Gold 91Edelbrand Marille2021Details
Silver 88ENNs Gin2021Details
Silver 85Edelbrand Williams Birne2021Details
Bronze 78Edelbrand Rote Williams Birne2021Details

Handel

Company:
Klippenziege GmbH
Address:
Liebigstraße 13
Place:
40479 Düsseldorf
Country:
Germany
Products:
  • Gin
Klippenziege: New era in the world of gin

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.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Silver 88Mate Dry Gin2019Details

Handel

Company:
Georg Hemmeter GmbH
Address:
Hubert-Underberg-Allee 1
Place:
47493 Rheinberg
Country:
Germany
Products:
  • Spirituosen Wiederverkauf
  • Destillerie
Georg Hemmeter – XUXU, Escorial, SILLA EL FUERTE

Georg Hemmeter – strawberry drinks with exceptional flavour guaranteed

The name Georg Hemmeter – a company of the Underberg Group – stands for innovative spirits, in particular the XUXU range. The fresh and fruity strawberry drink contains 66 percent fruit plus crystal-clear vodka, rounded off with a dash of lime. The harmony between the sweetness of the fruit and just 15% alcohol by volume is created using a special production method. XUXU Ten, the little luxury in a 250 ml aluminium bottle with only 10% alcohol by volume, is dressed to party – it is still relatively new to the market, yet is already at home in all the world’s top party venues.
XUXU can be served in so many different ways: chilled, neat, on crushed ice, as a dessert topping, with sparkling wine or with other mixers – XUXU tastes heavenly and offers fresh and fruity pleasure. Welcome to Berrydise!

Initially the absolute top star in Greece, XUXU is now also number 1 in Russia, and extremely popular in Turkey and Italy too.


XUXU Strawberry & Vodka Drink and XUXU Ten won Gold at the World Spirits Award 2014.

AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Gold 93Xuxu Strawberry & Vodka drink2014Details
Gold 91Xuxu ten2014Details