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Destillerie

Company:
Freimut Spirituosen GmbH
Address:
Oderstraße 18
Place:
65201 Wiesbaden
Country:
Germany
Products:
  • Wodka
Freimut Spirits – Vodka with an original taste

The new premium vodka with a name that speaks volumes. Freimut (‘frankness’) breaks with tradition and has a mild taste of rye – rather unusual for the industry. “I asked myself whether almost endless distillation processes or filtering through diamonds or gold really helped produce a better taste”, says Florian Renschin. The businessman from Wiesbaden is a perfectionist who doesn’t simply accept the status quo, but questions everything. This caused him to produce a vodka himself, which matches his demands and his passion for high-quality spirits.
“When I took on the task of making a really good vodka, ‘made in Germany’, it quickly became clear that I wouldn’t be able to do it on my own”, he says. “That is why I looked for a partner who shared my vision of a new, tastier vodka, which can convey the character of the rye as much as possible. The secret to perfect vodka is to use just a few, high-quality raw materials and to have complete influence on all production phases.” The North German Champagne Rye from the Niederlausitzer Heideland region, an ancient strain, was basically the only ingredient for Freimut vodka. 30 percent is prepared in a specialised Bavarian malthouse, the rest of the grain goes directly to the distillery, is crushed shortly before the mash is prepared and added to the malt of the same type. Fermentation takes four times longer than industrially produced vodka, which is how the spicy flavour and the subtle sweetness develop. Soft spring water from the Nordenau slate mine is used to bring it down to a drinking strength of 40 percent alcohol by volume. Following the motto ‘as natural as possible’, all ingredients carry the EU organic certificate and come from Germany, so that transport distances are also kept short.

At the World Spirits Award, the Freimut Vodka was awarded silver.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Silver 87Freimut Wodka2015Details

Destillerie

Company:
Obstkultur Kasinger
Address:
Fuchshofen 4
Place:
5274 Burgkirchen
Country:
Austria
Products:
  • Obst-Brände
Kasinger Fruit Plantation – The best from the farm

Everyone knows that ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’. The Kasinger family’s greatest wish is to grow and sell fresh fruit as naturally as possible. A wide range of their fruit is used in various ways: from fresh fruit to juice to jam and schnapps and liqueurs. The farm in Burgkirchen, Fuchshofen 4 – with the farm name ‘Fuchshofer’ – has been in existence since 1532. These days, the second generation of the family runs an agricultural enterprise with an emphasis on fruit cultivation and the farm shop. Since 2011, their new passion has been refining quality fruits into distillates.

In the new distillery, it is mostly traditional, classic fine brandies which are created, but they also produce soaked fruit schnapps and liqueurs using their own raw materials. The great advantage is that the fruit is ripe and can be processed ‘still warm from the sun’, because it is grown directly on the doorstep. The wide variety of fruits includes apples (20 varieties), damsons (8 varieties) and pears (6 varieties) – dried as ‘Kletzenbirnen’, a regional speciality. There are also apricots, nectarines and peaches, cherries and sour cherries, grapes, rowanberries, redcurrants, chokeberries and nuts. Their work of all year is then refined by distilling.

The First Class Distillery 2019 received gold for Cherry Brandy, and silver for Rowanberry Brandy, Apricot Brandy, Williams Pear Brandy, Apple "g'mischter Satz" and Raspberry Brandy.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Gold 90Kirsch Brand2019Details
Silver 89Himbeer Brand2019Details
Silver 89Vogelbeer Brand2019Details
Silver 88Apfel "g'mischter Satz"2019Details
Silver 86Williams Birnen Brand2019Details
Silver 81Marillen Brand2019Details

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:
Family of Hounds Limited
Address:
33 Oakley House, 103 Sloane Street
Place:
SW1X 9PP London
Country:
United Kingdom
Products:
  • Spirituosen Wiederverkauf
Family of Hounds – Sought and found

Andrea Frigerio and his English wife, Lina, live in Monaco with their two dogs, Spot and Magda, two wonderful additions to the family. Since they started taking the two for walks in town, they have made many new friends. Andrea and Lina used to be red wine drinkers, who spent their holidays in the wine hills of Italy and France. It was only in 2013, while visiting a country estate in England, that they discovered their love for a good G & T. This developed into a passion, and their discussions soon revolved around what it would be like to create their own gin.

They tasted intensively, discarded aromas they didn’t like, and extracted the aromas they did. Together with the master distiller in an old distillery in Piedmont, they created their recipe for the gin: juniper, lemon and orange peel, pink grapefruit, lavender, thyme, cardamom, ginger and coriander. The first three ingredients come from Italy, the rest from Asia. “The juniper is really loud, like a brightly lit disco floor, and the other botanicals dance around it. Together, they are like a lively, attention-seeking dog that can’t sit still.”

In the future, they are looking to establish a small family of spirits, from gin to vodka and from grappa to vermouth – unmistakable in taste, but accessible to everyone. The core of the philosophy is going out with good friends, enjoying a good meal and even better spirits. The first step has already been taken …

At the World Spirits Award, there was double gold for Family of Hounds Gin.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Double-Gold 95.3Family of Hounds2018Details

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