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Destillerie

Company:
Destillerie Hochstrasser GmbH & CO KG
Address:
Marktplatz 12
Place:
8562 Mooskirchen
Country:
Austria
Products:
  • Obst-Brände
  • Obst-Geiste & Spirituosen
  • Liköre
Hochstrasser Distillery – A continuing success story

The Hochstrasser family have worked tirelessly for the success of their company and are now proud to have one of the most modern distilleries in the country. Virtually all of the production area was comprehensively renovated, redeveloped and restored in one and a half years, and involved around 15,000 man-hours of work. A ‘brandy experience world’ has been created, where visitors can get an insight into the creation of these high-quality products on one of the daily tours. The current product range includes 60 different products: brandies, schnapps and liqueurs. The core of the company, the distillery area, has also been fully replaced.

No stone has been left unturned here, with investments in four new distilling pots and all the necessary technology, as well as in a completely new distilling process, namely vacuum distillation. As part of this innovative method, the mash is brought to boiling point using low temperatures to produce an intensely flavoured distillate. The vacuum promotes the characteristics of the fruit and it carefully protects the mash. This forms the foundation for an additional product range – in addition to the successful H05 sector.

Classified as a Recommended Distillery 2018, there was gold for the pumpkin seed cocktail, Classic apricot brandy, Gravensteiner apple brandy, Muskat bleu grape brandy, sloe brandy, rum-coconut-chocolate cocktail, Holy Gin Classic, Holy Gin Almkräuter (alpine herbs) and Jagabitter, and silver for quince brandy, egg liqueur and Zirbenblut (Swiss pine).
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Gold 95Gravensteiner Apfelbrand2018Details
Gold 95Rum-Kokos-Schokolade Cocktail2018Details
Gold 94.7Kürbiskerncocktail2018Details
Gold 93.3Schlehenbrand2018Details
Gold 93Jagabitter2018Details
Gold 92.7Holy Gin Classic2018Details
Gold 92Holy Gin Almkräuter2018Details
Gold 90Marillenbrand Classic2018Details
Gold 90Muskat bleu Traubenbrand2018Details
Silver 89Quittenbrand2018Details
Silver 87Zirbenblut2018Details
Silver 86Eierlikör2018Details

Destillerie

Company:
Babco
Address:
The Forum, 29-31 Glasthule Road, Glasthule
Place:
Dublin
Country:
Ireland
Products:
  • Liköre
  • Whiskey Irland
Babco Europe Limited – A guarantee for distinct branded products

Babco is an international brand company with its headquarters in Dublin, and owns the intellectual property rights to a range of premium brands based on the company’s own recipes. “We create brands which attract the attention of consumers through their distinct character”, says Mark Wilson, CEO and co-founder of Babco Europe. Babco is committed to the ongoing improvement of its branding. An extensive expertise in ‘hand-crafted flavours’ forms the basis for a growing portfolio of exceptional brands which are bold and striking in design and communication. A prime example are the imaginative, fruity products sold under the umbrella brand, ‘Mickey Finn’.

Comprehensive marketing activities and public relations add considerable support to sales success. In the core strategic markets, national companies have been set up to deal with marketing and sales. “We respect our suppliers, sales and retail partners, and place a great deal of importance on long-term, sustainable partnerships. This way of working defines our brands and has laid the foundation for a strong development across the value added chain. An ever increasing list of awards and prizes is the best proof of our tireless commitment.”

The colourful world of Babco also met the jury’s approval at the World Spirits Award: gold was awarded for Mickey Finn Strawberry, silver for Vin Mariani, Mickey Finn Butterscotch and Singapore Sling.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Gold 94Mickey Finn Strawberry2017Details
Silver 89Singapore Sling2017Details
Silver 89Vin Mariani2017Details
Silver 88.3Mickey Finn Butterscotch2017Details

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

Handel

Company:
Tradition Mexico GmbH
Address:
Bernhard Höfel Straße 14
Place:
6020 Innsbruck
Country:
Austria
Products:
  • Spirituosen Wiederverkauf
Tradition Mexico – Tequila without compromises

The friends behind Padre azul, the new tequila in the premium segment, stand united on one matter: their passion for Mexico. “We appreciate high quality tequila, and with Padre azul we are bringing an exclusive product to Europe. We searched for the perfect distillery for a long time. At Tres Mujeres in Jalisco in the highlands of Mexico we found what we were looking for.” 100% Mexico – 100% handcraft – 100% agave.

These requirements and quality criteria apply to the whole production process, which is why each bottle also wears the sought-after quality seal from the Mexican authorities, “Consejo Regulador del Tequila” (CRT). There were no compromises when it came to the design of the bottles: they are made by hand and adorned with a 270g skull which represents the skull culture of Mexico.

Padre azul is available in three grades of maturity, depending on the length of storage. The Añejo usually spends eighteen months in French oak barrels to achieve a mature, full-bodied taste. The Reposado needs at least eight months in barrels for its subtle vanilla tone. The Blanco is a clear tequila which is bottled straight after distillation – it is soft and mild in taste. None of the three need salt or lemon – you can enjoy them neat. True to the motto: no compromises.

At the World Spirits Award, the trio was very successful: there was double gold for Super Premium Tequila Padre azul anejo, gold for Super Premium Tequila Padre azul reposado, and silver for Super Premium Tequila Padre azul blanco.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Double-Gold 95.3Super Premium Tequila Padre azul anejo2016Details
Gold 93.3Super Premium Tequila Padre azul reposado2016Details
Silver 89Super Premium Tequila Padre azul blanco2016Details

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