Destillerie Krauss

The corners of the World Spirits Award 2017 triangle are Styria, St. Lucia and Switzerland: Distillers win 14 x Awards, 15 x Spirits of the Year and 10 x Distilleries of the Year worldwide

Following on from their success in 2016, the Styrian master distillers are still in a class of their own. Carmen and Werner Krauss from the Krauss Distillery are the superstars of 2017: Their three Awards, two Spirits of the Year and the titles of "Distillery of the Year" in gold and bronze are signs of their outstanding quality. Hot on their heel for the second time is the Zweiger Distillery with two Awards and one Spirit of the Year, rounded off with the title of "Distillery of the Year" in gold. The Caribbean rum distillery St. Lucia had the same result.

The World Spirits Award Celebration in the visitor's centre at the Asbach Distillery in Rüdesheim am Rhein/Germany was both a highlight and a Who's Who of the worldwide distilling scene. Around half of the total 2017 Award participants came from all over the world to receive ten World Spirits Awards - a performance which they can be proud of.

The superstars of 2017 are:

-    In a league of their own - the Styrian Feindestillerie Krauss (Distillery of the Year Gold, Distillery of the Year Bronze, 3 x World Spirits Award 2017 & 2 x Spirit of the Year)
-    The liqueur specialist - Destillerie Zweiger (Distillery of the Year Gold, 2 x World Spirits Award 2017 & Spirit of the Year)
-    The Caribbean rum distillery - St. Lucia Distillers (Distillery of the Year Gold, 2 x World Spirits Award 2017 & Spirit of the Year)
-    The Swiss Kirsch Distillery Dettling (Distillery of the Year Silver, World Spirits Award 2017 & Spirit of the Year)
-    Small but awesome - the Bernhard Leitner Distillery (2 x World Spirits Award 2017 & Spirit of the Year)
-    The Tyrolean master distiller - Maass (Distillery of the Year Gold, 1 x Award)
-    The rum distillery - Serralles, USA (Distillery of the Year Silver)
-    The Bavarian Spezialitäten-Brennerei & Whisky Destillerie Liebl GmbH (Distillery of the Year Silver)
-    Wachauer Privatdestillerie Hellerschmid (Distillery of the Year Bronze)
-    Grenada Distillers Limited (Distillery of the Year Bronze)

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The "Distilleries of the Year 2017 Gold" are: Gold goes to Austria, the Tyrolean Maass Brandy (100% DISTILLATE) and the two Styrian distilleries Zweiger (BITTERS & LIQUEURS) and Krauss (GIWO), whose medal collection also includes a "Distillery of the Year Bronze" (100% DISTILLATE). Once again on the highest spot of the winner's podium is the Caribbean rum distillery St. Lucia Distillers.

The title of "Distillery of the Year Silver" was awarded to the German Spezialitäten-Brennerei Liebl (BILI) and the Serralles Distillery, USA (RUM).

"Distillery of the Year Bronze" was awarded to Wachauer Privatdestillerie Hellerschmid (BILI), Grenada Distillers Limited (RUM) and Feindestillerie Krauss (100% DISTILLATE).

Double-Gold & Spirits of the Year and Awards 2017

Fourteen awards were issued in 2017: four for the titles "Distillery of the Year" and another ten for the WSA group winners.

Gautier Mückstein Getränke GmbH - Marzipancreme Likör (World-Spirits Award 2017)
Brennerei Bernhard Leitner - Vogelbeere (World-Spirits Award 2017)
Arnold Dettling AG - Dettling Sherry Fass (Spirit of the Year 2017)
Brennerei Habbel - Hillock 6 1/2 - 14 Single Malt Whisky (Spirit of the Year 2017)
Destillerie Franz Bauer GmbH - Heiße Hexe Zwetschken Zimt Likör (Spirit of the Year 2017)
Edelbrandmanufaktur Wilhelm Marx - Blutwurz (Spirit of the Year 2017)
Jos. Rosche GmbH & Co. KG - Spirit of Korn-Academie Edelkorn gereift im Woodfort-Whiskey Fass (Spirit of the Year 2017)
Semper Idem Underberg GmbH - Brasilberg (Spirit of the Year & World-Spirits Award 2017)
Destillerie Zweiger - Steirischer Eierlikör (Spirit of the Year & World-Spirits Award 2017)
Spezialitäten-Brennerei & Whisky Destillerie Liebl GmbH - Waldhimbeerlikör (Spirit of the Year & World-Spirits Award 2017)
Arnold Dettling AG - Dettling Lauerzer (Spirit of the Year & World-Spirits Award 2017)
Brennerei Bernhard Leitner - Rote Williams (Spirit of the Year & World-Spirits Award 2017)
Feindestillerie Krauss - Maschansker Apfelbrand holzfassgereift (Spirit of the Year & World-Spirits Award 2017)
Cognac Ferrand - Citadelle Gin (Spirit of the Year & World-Spirits Award 2017)
St. Lucia Distillers - 1931 - Fith Edition (Spirit of the Year & World-Spirits Award 2017)
Feindestillerie Krauss - Gin+ Flower Power (Spirit of the Year & World-Spirits Award 2017)

Distilleries of the Year,  Awards & Spirit of the Year

34 distilleries were classified in different categories (from fruit brandy via whisky and grappa to rum). 25 of them can enjoy the award "World Class Distillery", 7 with "Master Class Distillery", 1 with "First Class Distillery" and 3 with " Recommended Distillery".

The classification is not only an international benchmarking for distillers but also results in competitive advantages in connection with their own marketing measures supported by "World Spirits".

Distillery Classification

Distilleries of the Year 2017

Arnold Dettling AG (100-%-DESTILLATE) DoY Silver
Destillerie Zweiger (BITTER & LIKÖRE) DoY Gold & Award
Die Wachauer Privatdestillerie Hellerschmid (BITTER & LIKÖRE) DoY Bronze
Feindestillerie Krauss (100-%-DESTILLATE) DoY Bronze, (GIWO) DoY Gold & Award
Grenada Distillers Limited (RUM) DoY Bronze
Maass-Brand (100-%-DESTILLATE) DoY Gold & Award
Serralles USA (RUM) DoY Silver
Spezialitäten-Brennerei & Whisky Destillerie Liebl GmbH (BITTER & LIKÖRE) DoY Silver
St. Lucia Distillers (RUM) DoY Gold & Award

World-Class Distilleries & Distilleries of the Year 2017

Angostura Limited (RUM)
Arnold Dettling AG (100-%-DESTILLATE) DoY Silver
Asbach GmbH (WEINBRAND)
Brennerei Krenn (100-%-DESTILLATE)
Brennerei Pirker Gmbh - Konditorei, Lebzelterei & Wachszieherei (100-%-DESTILLATE)
Destillerie Hochstrasser GmbH & CO KG (100-%-DESTILLATE)
Destillerie Zweiger (BITTER & LIKÖRE) DoY Gold & Award
Die Wachauer Privatdestillerie Hellerschmid (BITTER & LIKÖRE) DoY Bronze
Edelbrandmanufaktur Wilhelm Marx (BITTER & LIKÖRE)
Eifel-Destillerie (BITTER & LIKÖRE)
Feinbrennerei Sasse (KORN)
Feindestillerie Krauss (100-%-DESTILLATE) DoY Bronze & Award , (GIWO) DoY Gold & Award
Grenada Distillers Limited (RUM) DoY Bronze
Hofbrennerei Oberkorb (100-%-DESTILLATE)
John Dewar & Sons LTD (WHISKY Schottland)
Jos. Rosche GmbH & Co. KG (KORN)
KWV SA (SOUTH AFRICAN BRANDY)
Laubade et Domaines Associés (ARMAGNAC)
Maass-Brand (100-%-DESTILLATE) DoY Gold & Award
Michelehof (100-%-DESTILLATE)
Serralles USA (RUM) DoY Silver
Spezialitäten-Brennerei & Whisky Destillerie Liebl GmbH (BITTER & LIKÖRE) DoY Silver
St. Lucia Distillers (RUM) DoY Gold & Award

Master-Class Distilleries 2017

Brennerei Bernhard Leitner (100-%-DESTILLATE)
Edeldestillerie Wolfgang's (100-%-DESTILLATE)
finch® Whiskydestillerie (WHISKY)
Freihof Destillerie (BITTER & LIKÖRE)
Horvath's Spezereyen Kontor Lebensmittelproduktions GesmbH (BITTER & LIKÖRE)
Okanagan Spirits Inc. (100-%-DESTILLATE, BITTER & LIKÖRE)
Trachtenmoden Wernbacher GmbH (100-%-DESTILLATE)

First-Class Distilleries 2017

Brennerei Alfred Legenstein (100-%-DESTILLATE)

Recommanded Distilleries 2017

Várda-Drink Zrt. (100-%-DESTILLATE)

Participating Distilleries 2017

Absintherie Celle à Guilloud
Angostura Limited
APQ-Spirits e.U.
Babco
Beam Austria GmbH - Mozart Distillerie GmbH.
Blue Liquors Ltdd
Bodegas Osborne, S.A.
Brauerei Hirt GesmbH.
Breaks Gin
Brennerei Habbel
Brennerei Hans Erismann
Brennerei Schulze Roetering
Brennerei Südstraße
Camus La Grande Marque
Cognac Ferrand
Destillerie Franz Bauer GmbH
Destillerie Kammer-Kirsch
E&J Gallo
Eagles Future GmbH
Elephant Gin Ltd
Familia Camera
Gautier Mückstein Getränke GmbH
Gentlemans Food UG
Gosling
Grabnerhof
Grasovka importowo-eksportowa GmbH
Grenzwald-Destillation Otto Ficker GmbH
Gurktaler Alpenkräuter GmbH
Ironworks Distillery
Jan-Hendrik Strautmann u. Alexander Kunz GbR
Karloff, s.r.o.
Leibwächter
Likörfabrik Peter Busch GmbH & Co.KG
Litchquor Ltd
LLC "Prevelon Rus"
Magi srl
Manufaktur Jörg Geiger GmbH
MBG International Premium Brands GmbH
Mar Azul Tequila - Pyatt Enterprises LLC
Nannoni Grappe Srl
New Amsterdam
Obstbrennerei Zenkel Bamberg
Pitú Importadora Exportadora GmbH
Private Kornbrennerei H. Heydt GmbH & CO KG
Pussanga GmbH
Roner AG Brennereien
Rossbacher
S. Fassbind AG
Salm Bräu GmbH
Sash & Fritz
Schneeberger GmbH
See-Destillerie Renate Peinsteiner
Semper Idem Underberg GmbH
St. Nicolaus - trade, a.s.
Stroh Austria GmbH
The Black Forest Boar Distillery GbR
The Sweet Potato Spirit Company Limited
Waldemar Behn GmbH
Wilhelm Horn Markenspirituosen GmbH
Wine & Spirit
WOB Destillerie Wolfram Ortner
Yerevan Brandy Company
Zwack Unicum Nyrt.

Medals & variety winners

95 participants and distilleries from 25 nations (islands) took part in the "World Spirits Award 2017", submitting 400 spirits for consideration. With the presented products ranging from coffee and cigar brandies to gin, rum, fruit spirits and 100% distillates. The results are based on the WOB 100-points grading system tailored to spirits; objective assessment is ensured by an international taster jury with many years of experience.

Distinctions are the reflection of the distillers' work and an appreciation of perfect products. Based on the slogan "Simply the best in Spirits", only the best products are entered into the competition and receive rave reviews from the strict jury.

392 medals were awarded - 44 double golds (15 of them Spirits of the Year), 240 golds, 94 silvers and 14 bronze medals. A peripheral detail: 8 products were considered faulty or too weak!

The results are based on the WOB 100 point evaluation system, which is specially tailored to the world of spirits. An experienced international jury of tasters ensured an objective assessment.

Group & Variety Winners

Double-Gold 2017

Asbach GmbH - Asbach Spezialbrand 12
Brennerei Pirker Gmbh - Konditorei, Lebzelterei & Wachszieherei - Kräuterbitter, Bio-Kornelkirsche
Brennerei Schulze Roetering - Orangengeist
Cognac Ferrand - Pierre Ferrand Sélection des Anges
Destillerie Hochstrasser GmbH & CO KG - Rote Williamsbirne Vakuum, Martin's Dry Gin
Destillerie Kammer-Kirsch - Black Forest Rothaus Single Malt Whisky
Destillerie Zweiger - Kürbiskern Likör, Nougatlikör
Die Wachauer Privatdestillerie Hellerschmid - Marillen Limes, b'soffene Marille
Edelbrandmanufaktur Wilhelm Marx - Waldhimbeere
Eifel-Destillerie - Kirschlikör; Schütz Boonekamp
Feinbrennerei Sasse - Cigar Special, Lagerkorn Generations
finch® Whiskydestillerie - finch® Schwäbischer Hochland Whisky Barrel Proof
Grasovka importowo-eksportowa GmbH - Grasovka
Grenada Distillers Limited - Superior Light
KWV SA - KWV 12
Maass-Brand - Gerste Imperial Holz, Single Malt Imperial Whisky
Michelehof - Cigar Cuvée
Salm Bräu GmbH - Salm Bräu Bierschnaps
Serralles USA - Don Q 151 Rum
St. Lucia Distillers - Admiral Rodney
Waldemar Behn GmbH - Dooley's Egg Cream Liqueur

More WSA 2017 Group & Variety Winners

Absintherie Cella à Guilloud - Absinthe " Celle à Guilloud 54° "
Arnold Dettling - Dettling Steinweichsel
Asbach GmbH - Asbach Privatbrand
Bodegas Osborne - Carlos I. Imperial
Brennerei Pirker - Traubenkirsche, Schwarze Ribisel, Himbeergeist, Bio Kornelkirsche
Chateau Laubade - Chateau De Laubade 1990 Cask Strength
Cognac Ferrand - Plantation Pineapple
Destillerie Hochstrasser - Marillenbrand Classic
Familia Camera - Tequila Silver/Plato
Feinbrennerei Sasse - Cigar Special
Feindestillerie Krauss - Gin+ Saffron, Gin+ Holzfass
finch® Whiskydestillerie - Albfink® Sloe Gin, finch® Schwäbischer Hochland Whisky Barrel Proof
Freihof Destillerie - Freihof Jagatee
Grabnerhof - Enzian (Spirituose)
Grenada Distillers - Spicy Rum
Hofbrennerei Oberkorb - Quitte Edeldestillat
Horvath's Spezereyen Kontor Lebensmittelproduktions GesmbH - Kartoff Vodka
John Dewar & Sons LTD - John Dewar's 12y, The Ancestor
Kweichow Moutai - Kweichow Moutai Legendary China Collection
LLC "Prevelon Rus" - Brandy Kremlevskie
Maass Brand - Orangenblüten Muskateller, Enzian
MBG International - Dos Mas Kiss Shot
Michelehof - Subierer Reserve
Nannoni Grappe Srl - Grappa Cuore di Traminer Riserva
New Amsterdam - Vodka
Private Kornbrennerei H. Heydt GmbH & CO KG - Heydt Alter Gutsherr Feiner Kornbrand
Pyatt Enterprises - Mar Azul Tequila - Mar Azul Coffee
Roner AG Brennereien - Wilhelmine Gran Cru
S. Fassbind AG - Vieille Prune Barrique
St. Nicolaus - trade, a.s. - Nicolaus Platinum 78 Vodka
Stroh Austria GmbH - Stroh Fire Chili Spiced Liqueur
Trachtenmoden Wernbacher GmbH - Apfel Jonagold, Brombeere, Apfel-Cuvée, Zwetschke
Wilhelm Horn Markenspirituosen GmbH - Echter Leipziger Allasch

Facts and Figures 2017

14 World-Spirits Awards
4 Distilleries of the Year - Gold
3 Distilleries of the Year - Silver
3 Distillery of the Year - Bronze

15 Spirit of the Year

44 Double-Gold
240 Gold
94 Silver
14 Bronze
8 Weak/ Faults

400 products overall

34 Classifications
25 World-Class Distilleries
7 Master-Class Distilleries
1 First-Class Distillery
1 Recommanded Distillery

Master craftsmen & industrial masterpieces from all over the world

ARMENIEN

Yerevan Brandy Company, Armenien, 0082 Yerevan, Admiral Isakov ave 2, +7-965-51248303, www.araratbrandy.com
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Gold: Ararat Ani, Ararat Akhtamar
Silver: Ararat Nairi

GERMANY

Wilhelm Horn Markenspirituosen GmbH, Deutschland, 04103 Leipzig, Bayrischer Platz 1, www.longhorn-gin.de
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Gold: Echter Leipziger Allasch
Silver: Long Horn Handcrafted Lipsk Dry Gin

Sash & Fritz - Deutscher Wodka, Deutschland, 10117 Berlin, Mohrenstraße 30, +49-3020-6075-40, www.sashundfritz.de
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Gold: Sash & Fritz - Deutscher Wodka

Gentlemans Food UG, Deutschland, 20259 Hamburg, Bismarckstraße 21, www.ronelba.com
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Gold: Ron Elba - Hamburg Dry Rum

Elephant Gin, Deutschland, 22303 Hamburg, Semperstraße 57, +44-79468-04194, www.elephant-gin.com
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Gold: Elephant Gin London Dry, Elephant Sloe Gin

Waldemar Behn GmbH, Deutschland, 24340 Eckernförde, Kadekerweg 2, +49-4351-4790, www.behn.de
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Double-Gold: Dooley's Egg Cream Liqueur
Gold: Dooley's Liquorice Cream Liqueur

MBG International Premium Brands GmbH, Deutschland, 33106 Paderborn, Oberes Feld 13, +49-5251-5461751, www.mbgglobal.net
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Gold: Dos Mas Kiss Shot
Silver: Il Santo Caffé - Likör

Likörfabrik Peter Busch GmbH & Co.KG, Deutschland, 40221 Düsseldorf, Holzstraße 4, +49-211-8644423, www.killepitsch.de
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Gold: Ginpitsch, Killepitsch
Silver: Applepitsch

Destillerie & Brennerei Heinrich Habbel Liqueur Manufactur, Deutschland, 45549 Spockhövel, Gevelsberger Straße 127, +49-2339-91430, www.habbel.com
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Double-Gold: Hillock 6 1/2 - 14 Single Malt Whisky (Spirit of the Year 2017)

Semper Idem Underberg GmbH, Deutschland, 47493 Rheinberg, Underbergstraße 1-3, +49-2843-920-395, www.underberg.com
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Double-Gold: Brasilberg (Spirit of the Year & World-Spirits Award 2017)
Gold: Underberg

Grasovka importowo-eksportowa GmbH, Deutschland, 47495 Rheinberg, Hubert-Underberg-Allee 1, +49-2843-920-0, www.grasovka.de
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Double-Gold: Grasovka

Feinbrennerei Sasse, Deutschland, 48624 Schöppingen, Düsseldorfer Straße 20, +49-2555-99740, www.sassekorn.de
Classification: World-Class Distillery 2017
Double-Gold: Cigar Special, Lagerkkorn Generations
Gold: Münsterländer Lagerkorn V.S.O.P., Lagerkorn Bordeaux Finish, T.S. Privat

H. Heydt GmbH & Co.KG, Deutschland, 49740 Haselünne, Neustadtstraße 11, +49-5361-944537, www.heydt.de
Classification: World-Spirits Award Teilnehmer 2017
Gold: HKT mild, fein, Alter Heydt 1860er feiner alter Korn, Heydt Manufaktur - Edition III - Triple Matured, Heydt Manufaktur Edition S9, Heydt Alter Gutsherr Feiner Kornbrand, Emsland Feuer Minz-Likör
Silver: Heydt WK 33 Feiner Weizen-Korn

Edelkorn-Brennerei Jos. Rosche, Deutschland, 49740 Haselünne, Neustadtstraße 35-38, +49-5961-9455-0, www.rosche.de
Classification: World-Class Distillery 2017
Double-Gold: Spirit of Korn-Academie Edelkorn gereift im Woodford-Whiskey Fass (Spirit of the Year 2017)
Gold: Haselünner Korn, Rosche-Uralter - Emsländer Edel-Spirituose, Susanna's First - Edelkorn gereift im Portwein-Fass, Haselünner Gold
Bronze: Rosche Kloster-Likör

J. Strautmann u. A. Kunz GbR, Deutschland, 53111 Bonn, Augustusring 30, +49-228-36036841, www.flowgin.de
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Silver: Flow Gin

Eifel-Destillerie P.J.Schütz, Deutschland, 53501 Lantershofen, Schmittstraße 3, +49-2641-94920, www.eifel-destillerie.de
Classification: World-Class Distillery 2017
Double-Gold: Kirschlikör, Schütz Boonekamp
Gold: Grand Trester, Pjfinest Gin
Silver: Flöck, Bitto, Birne Likör, Himbeergeist

Brennerei Schulze Roetering, Deutschland, 59227 Ahlen, Prozessionsweg 115, +49-2382-2742, www.schulze-roetering.de
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Double-Gold: Orangengeist
Gold: Münsterländer Korn gereift im Sherryfass
Silver: Erdbeergeist im Cognacfass gereift

Asbach GmbH, Deutschland, 65385 Rüdesheim am Rhein, Taunusstraße 1-3, +49-6722-497-0, www.asbach.de
Classification: World-Class Distillery 2017
Double-Gold: Asbach Spezialbrand 12
Gold: Asbach Privatbrand, Asbach Original, Asbach Spezialbrand 15
Silver: Asbach Uralt

Pussanga GmbH, Deutschland, 69221 Dossenheim, Sophie-Scholl-Straße 35, +49-6221-7297010, www.pussanga.com
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Gold: Pussanga

Manufaktur Jörg Geiger GmbH, Deutschland, 73114 Schlat, Reichenbacher Straße 2, +49-7161-99902-24, www.manufaktur-joerg-geiger.de
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Silver: AG - Don't Call me Gin

Destillerie Kammer-Kirsch, Deutschland, 76185 Karlsruhe, Hardtstraße 35-37, +49-721-9555127, www.kammer-kirsch.de
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Double-Gold: Black Forest Rothaus Single Malt Whisky
Gold: Black Forest Single Malt Whisky Lemberger Cask Finish

Breaks Gin, Deutschland, 76189 Karlsruhe, Bernhard-Lichtenberg-Straße 60, +49-721-8247880, www.breaks-gin.de
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Gold: Breaks Reserve Dry Gin
Silver: Breaks Reserve (Fassgereift) Dry Gin

The Black Forest BOAR Distillery GbR, Deutschland, 77740 Bad Peterstal, Breitsodstraße 4, +49-780-69929466, www.boargin.de
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Gold: Boar Black Forest Premium Dry Gin

Brennerei Südstraße, Deutschland, 77963 Schwanau 1, Südstraße 1, +49-78241547, www.suedstrassenbrennerei.de
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Gold: South Street Anis Geist
Silver: South Street No.1 London Dry Gin, South Street Kümmel Geist, South Street Plum, Kümmelgeist aus dem Eichenfass

Hofbrennerei Oberkorb, Deutschland, 84405 Dorfen, Oberkorb 1, +49-8086-1371, www.hofbrennerei.de
Classification: World-Class Distillery 2017
Gold: Quitte Edeldestillat, Baies Noires Beerenobstbrand
Silver: Schwarze Johannisbeere, Obstbrand BIR/APF/QUI/MIS, Kriacherl Edelbrand aus Wildzwetschken

Pitú Importadora Exportadora GmbH, Deutschland, 47493 Rheinberg, Underbergstraße 1-3, +49-2843-920-395, www.pitu.com
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Gold: Pitú

finch® Whiskydestillerie, Deutschland, 89191 Nellingen, Aicherstraße 7/9, +49-7389-75830-0, www.finch-whisky.de
Classification: Master-Class Distillery 2017
Double-Gold: finch® Schwäbischer Hochland Whisky Barrel Proof
Gold: finch® Schwäbischer Hochland Whisky Distillers Edition, finch® Schwäbischer Hochland Whisky Barrique R, finch® Schwäbischer Hochland Whisky Dinkel Port, finch® Schwäbischer Hochland Whisky Single Malt, Albfink® Wodka, Master's Cut Gin (London Dry), Albfink® Sloe Gin
Silver: Albfink® Gin, Albfink® Aged Gin

Spezialitäten-Brennerei & Whisky Destillerie, Deutschland, 93444 Bad Kötzting, Jahnstraße 11-15, +49-9941-1321, www.brennerei-liebl.de
Classification: World-Class Distillery 2017 (Distillery of the Year Silver 2017 BILI)
Double-Gold: Waldhimbeerlikör (Spirit of the Year & World-Spirits Award 2017)
Gold: Haselnusslikör, Wildkirsch Chilli Likör, Heidelbeer Ingwer Likör, Schlehenlikör
Silver: Bavarian Rum, Bavarian Dry Gin Barrique
Bronze: Bavarian Wodka

Edelbrandmanufaktur Wilhelm Marx, Deutschland, 94362 Neukirchen, Mitterkogl 5-6, +49-9961-942860, www.gutbaerenhof.de
Classification: World-Class Distillery 2017
Double-Gold: Waldhimbeere, Blutwurz (Spirit of the Year 2017)
Gold: Gingerliq, Bärwurz Elixier, Acquavite di Genziana
Silver: Marx organic - Gin - BayernDry, Ginseng, Edelliqueur vom Schwarzen Holunder, Edelliqueur von der Schlehe

Grenzwald-Destillation Otto Ficker GmbH, Deutschland, 9474 Crottendorf, Oberwiesenthaler Straße 7, +49-37344-8181, www.grenzwald.de
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Gold: Heidelbeer-Likör
Silver: Ingwer-Likör, Ingwer-Himbeer Spirituose

Obstbrennerei Gebrüder Zenkel, Deutschland, 96052 Bamberg, Adolf-Wächter-Straße 16, www.obstbrennerei-zenkel.de/brennerei
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Gold: Bamberger Jubiläumsbrand - Mirabelle

FRANCE

Kweichow Moutai, Frankreich, 16100 Cognac, 29 rue Marguerite de Navarre, +33-545-332717, www.camus.fr
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Gold: Kweichow Moutai Legendary China Collection

Maison Ferrand, Frankreich, 16130 Ars, Chemin des Près, +33-130-832244, www.maisonferrand.com
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Double-Gold: Citadelle Gin (Spirit of the Year & World-Spirits Award 2017), Pierre Ferrand Sélection des Anges
Gold: Plantation XO 20th Anniversary, Plantation Pineapple

Château de Laubade, Frankreich, 32110 Nogaro, Sorbets, +33-557-940920, www.chateaudelaubade.com
Classification: World-Class Distillery 2017
Gold: Chateau de Laubade Intermporel N°5, Laubade 1977, Laubade 1987, Chateau De Laubade 1985 Cask Strength, Chateau De Laubade 1990 Cask Strength

GRENADA

Grenada Distillers Ltd, Grenada, St. George, Woodlands, P.O.Box 50, +1-473-444-5363-5736, www.clarkescourtrum.com
Classification: World-Class Distillery 2017 (Distillery of the Year Bronze 2017 RUM)
Double-Gold: Superior Light
Gold: 37 Blend, Pure White, Spicy Rum
Silver: Rhythm Coconut Rum, Rum Sorrel

GREAT BRITAIN

John Dewar & Sons LTD, Großbritannien, G32 8XR Glasgow, 1700 London Road, +44-141-5514000, www.dewars.com
Classification: World-Class Distillery 2017
Gold: Dewars Signature, Blend, Dewar's 15 y The Monarch, Blend, Dewar's 12 y, The Ancestor, Blend, Dewar's 18 y The Vintage Blend, Dewar's White Label

The Sweet Potato Spirit Company Limited, Großbritannien, WR11 1GD Evesham, Unit 4c Asparagus Way, +441-386-446648, www.askforansp.com
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Gold: Sweet Potato Apple Moonshine, Sweet Potato Marshmallow Moonshine, Sweet Potato Chocolate Moonshine with Chilli
Silver: Sweet Potato Plum Gin
Bronze: Sweet Potato London Dry Gin, Sweet Potato Vodka

IRELAND

Babco, Irland, Dublin, The Forum, 29-31 Glasthule Road, +353-120-20012, www.babcoeurope.com
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Gold: Mickey Finn Strawberry
Silver: Vin Mariani, Mickey Finn Butterscotch, Singapore Sling

ITALY

MAGI srl, Italien, 22072 Cermenate, Arno 1, +39-031-772855, www.rivogin.com
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Gold: RIVO Lake Como Foraged Gin

Roner AG Brennereien, Italien, 39040 Tramin, Josef von Zallinger 44, +39-0471-864000, www.roner.com
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Gold: Wilhelmine - Gran Cru, Grappa Weißburgunder invecchiata

Nannoni Grappe Srl, Italien, 58045 Paganico, Loc. Aratrice 135, +39-0564-905204, www.nannonigrappe.it
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Gold: Grappa Cuore di Traminer Riserva, Grappa Eligo di Ornellaia, Acquavite di Prugne Nannoni
Silver: Acquavite di Albicocche Nannoni, Provocaczione, Acquavite Bacco per Venere

CANADA

Okanagan Spirits Inc., Kanada, Vernon V1T 8X2, British Columbia, 5204 24th Street, +1-250-549-3120, www.okanaganspirits.com
Classification: Master-Class Distillery 2017
Gold: Haskap Liqueur, Black Currant Liqueur, Aquavitus Aquavit, Taboo Absinthe, Laird of Fintry Single Malt Whisky
Silver: Rhubarb Liqueur
Bronze: Gin de Monocle, Okanagan Family Reserve Vodka

Ironworks Distillery, Kanada, B0J 2C0 Lunenburg, NS Canada, 2 Kempt St., POB 734, +1-902-640-2424, www.ironworksdistillery.com
Gold: Ironworks Apple Brandy, Ironworks Gin
Silver: Ironworks Aged Pear, Ironworks Rum, Bluenose Rum

MAURITIUS

Blue Mauritius Gold, Mauritius, 11411  Port Louis, 2 River Court St. Denis Street, +230-42-191-1101155, www.bluemauritius.biz
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Bronze: Blue Mauritius Gold

Litchquor Ltd, Mauritius, 20508 Pamplemousses, Royal Road, The Mount, +230-243-8686, www.litchquor.com
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Gold: Solera 5 Gold of Mauritius
Silver: Gold of Mauritius

RUSSIA

Prevelon LLC, Rußland, 121471 Moscow, Ryabinovaya Street, +7-495-916-9380, www.kremlin-award.com
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Gold: Brandy KREMLEVSKIE, Vodka KREMLIN AWARD Classic

SWITZERLAND

Absintherie Celle à Guilloud, Schweiz, 2114 Val-de-Travers / Fleurier, Grand'Rue 29, +41-795-685235, www.absinthecelleaguilloud.ch
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Gold: Absinthe "La Guilloudtine 68", Absinthe "Celle à Guilloud 54"

S. Fassbind AG, Schweiz, 6414 Oberarth, Poststrasse 7, +41-41-859-0412, www.fassbind.ch
Classification: Participating Distillery 2017
Gold: Schwyzer Honig-Chrüter, Les Fûts Uniques Kirsch Port Cask, Vieille Prune Barrique, L'Héritage de Bois Poire Williams, Les Fûts Uniques Kirsch Umburana Cask
Silver: Vieille Framboise Barrique, L'Héritage de Bois Prune, Vieille Poire Barrique

Arnold Dettling AG - Einzig Kirsch, Schweiz, 6440 Brunnen, Olympstrasse 10, +41-41820-2424, www.dettling.ch
Classification: World-Class Distillery 2017 (Distillery of the Year Silver 2017 OBB)
Double-Gold: Dettling Sherry Fass (Spirit of the Year 2017), Dettling Lauerzer (Spirit of the Year & World-Spirits Award 2017)
Gold: Dettling Wildkirsche, Dettling Holzfassgereift, Dettling Langstieler, Dettling Réserve, Supérieur Vieux, Dettling Steinweichsel
Silver: Dettling Kirschenlikör, Dettling Honig Kirsch Likör

Brennerei Hans Erismann, Schweiz, 8184 Bachenbülach, Bachtobel 8, +41-44-8605302, www.brennerei-erismann.ch
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Gold: Zürcher Whisky - Tsyry, ZH Züri Gin
Silver: Cuvée Tresterbrand

SLOVAKIA

Karloff, s.r.o., Slovakei, 6001 Kezmarok, Pradiaren 44, +421-52-4681461, www.karloff.sk
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Gold: Czechoslovakia Vodka

St. Nicolaus - trade, a.s., Slovakei, 82101 Bratislava, Trnavská cesta 100, +421-916-887-131-4, www.st-nicolaus.com
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Gold: Nicolaus Extra Jemna Vodka, Nicolaus Platinum 78 Vodka

SPAIN

Bodegas Osborne, Spanien, 11500 El Puerto de Santa Maria, Fernan Caballero 7, +34-925-869000, www.osborne.es
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Gold: Carlos I Imperial

ST. LUCIA

St. Lucia Distillers, St. Lucia, 1001 Castries, Roseau, +1-758-4563103, www.saintluciarums.com
Classification: World-Class Distillery 2017 (Distillery of the Year Gold & World-Spirits Award 2017 RUM)
Double-Gold: 1931 - Fith Edition (Spirit of the Year & World-Spirits Award 2017), Admiral Rodney
Gold: Chairmans Reserve, Chairman's Reserve - The Forgotten Cask
Silver: Chairman's Reserve Spiced

SOUTH AFRICA

KWV SA, Südafrika, 7624 Paarl, Cecelia street Gate 5, +27-21-8073456, www.kwv.co.za
Classification: World-Class Distillery 2017
Double-Gold: KWV 12
Gold: KWV 20, KWV 15, KWV 10, Imoya, KWV Heritage Cognac, Gin
Silver: Laborie Alambic

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

Trinidad Distillers Limited, Trinidad und Tobago, Port of Spain, Corner Eastern Main Road & Trinity Avenue Laventille, +1-8686-231-841, www.angostura.com
Classification: World-Class Distillery 2017
Gold: Angostura Reserva, Angostura 1824, Angostura 1919, Angostura 7 year old Rum, Angostura 5 year old Rum
Silver: Antostura 1787

Angostura Limited, Trinidad und Tobago, Port of Spain, +1-868-623-1841, www.angostura.com
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Gold: Amaro di Angostura

HUNGARY

Zwack Unicum Plc., Ungarn, 1095 Budapest, Soroksari ut 26, 0036-1-476-2352, www.zwackunicum.hu
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Silver: Zwack Unicum Riserva

Zwack Unicum Plc., Ungarn, 1095 Budapest, Soroksári ut 26, 0036-1-476-2353, www.zwackunicum.hu
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Gold: Kalinka Gold

Várda-Drink Zrt., Ungarn, 4600 Kisvárda, Temesvári u. 4., www.vardadistillery.hu
Classification: Recommended Distillery 2017
Silver: Cydonia, Sambucus nigra Haschberg
Bronze: Black Cherry Wood, Sorbus domestica

USA

Mar Azul Tequila, USA, San Antonio, Texas 78216, 622 W. Rhapsody Suite B, +1-210-5418787, www.marazultequila.com
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Gold: Mar Azul Habanero Reposado, Mar Azul Coffee
Silver: Mar Azul Banana

Familia Camera, USA, Modesto, CA 95354, 600 Yosemite Boulevard, +707-265-3037, www.ejgallo.com
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Gold: Mezcal Silver/Plato, Mezcal Reposada

New Amsterdam, USA, Modesto, CA 95354, 600 Yosemite Boulevard, +707-265-3037, www.ejgallo.com
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Gold: Gin, Vodka

Destileria Serralles, USA, 75001 Addison, 16479 Dallas Parkway #450, +1-214-326-1968, www.donq.com
Classification: World-Class Distillery 2017 (Distillery of the Year Silver 2017 RUM)
Double-Gold: Don Q 151 Rum
Gold: Don Q Gran Anejo Rum, Don Q Anejo Rum, Don Q Single barrel Signature Release 2005
Silver: Caliche Rum

E & J Gallo Distillers, USA, CA 95354 Modesto, 600 Yosemite Boulvard, +707-265-3037, www.ejgallo.com
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Gold: VS, VSOP, XO
Silver: Apple, Peach

Austria & its flagship distillers

AUSTRIA

VIENNA

Salm Bräu, Österreich, 1030 Wien, Rennweg 8, +43-1-7995992, www.salmbraeu.com
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Double-Gold: Salm Bräu Bierschnaps
Silver: Salm Bräu - Monastery Single Malt Cask Whisky

Gurktaler AG, Österreich, 1090 Wien, Heiligenstädter Strasse 43, +43-1-368-6038, www.topspirit.at
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Gold: Gurktaler - der milde Alpenkräuter
Silver: Gurktaler - der Klare

Gautier Mückstein Getränke GmbH, Österreich, 1100 Wien, Hermann-Mark-Gasse 6, +43-1-8690132, www.gautier-mueckstein.at
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Double-Gold: Marzipancreme Likör (Spirit of the Year 2017)
Gold: Amaretto Likör, Cocos Likör, Bandeira Light Rum
Bronze: Kirschenlikör mit Inländer Rum

Rossbacher, Österreich, 1190 Wien, Heiligenstädter Straße 41-43, +43-1-368-58-372, www.rossbacher.com
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Gold: Rossbacher - die österreichische Kräuterspezialität

Leibwächter, Österreich, 1190 Wien, Heiligenstädter Straße 41-43, +43-1-368-2258-372, www.schlumberger.at
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Gold: Leibwächter

LOWER AUSTRIA

Horvath's Spezereyen Kontor Lebensmittelproduktion GesmbH, Österreich, 2232 Deutsch Wagram, Gutenbergstraße 7, +43-2247-7070, www.horvaths.at
Classification: Master-Class Distillery 2017
Gold: Kartoff Vodka, Gänserndorfer Eier-Creme-Likör, Gänserndorfer Haselnuss-Creme-Likör, Kartoff Gin, Nuss-Schnaps, Gänserndorfer Marzipan Creme Likör, Gänserndorfer Kokos Creme Likör, Titanic Natural Herb, Titanic Strong Herb
Silver: Kartoff Hazelnut Vodka
Bronze: Zirben-Schnaps

Die Wachauer Privatdestillerie Hellerschmid, Österreich, 3500 Krems, Missongasse 33, +43-2732-83184, www.hellerschmid.com
Classification: World-Class Distillery 2017 (Distillery of the Year Bronze 2017 BILI)
Double-Gold: b'soffene Marille, Marillen Limes
Gold: Waldviertler Nuss-Schnaps, Wachauer Schokoladen Likör Marille, Mohn-Eierlikör
Silver: Wachauer Marillenlikör, Wachauer Marillenschnaps

Brennerei Krenn, Österreich, 3683 Yspertal, Stangles 41, +43-7415-7258, www.wirtshausbrennerei.at
Classification: World-Class Distillery 2017
Gold: Kren Gin, Rote Williams, Kaiserholzbirnenbrand, Kriecherlbrand, Zwetschke-Eichenfass
Silver: Marillenbrand, Traubenwildkirschbrand

SALZBURG

Mozart Distillerie GmbH., Österreich, 5020 Salzburg, Ziegeleistraße 29a-33, +43-1-93083-3026, www.mozart-liqueur.com
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Gold: Mozart Chocolate Cream, Mozart Dark Chocolate, Mozart White Chocolate Vanilla Cream, Mozart White Chocolate Cream Strawberry, Mozart Chocolate Vodka

See-Destillerie Peinsteiner, Österreich, 5360 St. Wolfgang, Graben 44, +43-613-83022, www.see-destillerie.at
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Gold: Wolfgangsee Gin, Salzkammergut Gin, Kaiserjagd Gin

Grabnerhof, Österreich, 5630 Bad Hofgastein, Breitenberg 12, +43-6432-8365, www.grabnerhof.at
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Gold: Enzian, Rosenwurz
Silver: Meisterwurz

TYROL

Eagles Future Getränkespezialitäten, Österreich, 6080 Igls, Lanser Straße 12, +43-513-2377481, www.alperitiv.com
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Gold: Alperitif, Alpine Gin

Edeldestillerie Wolfgang's, Österreich, 6352 Ellmau, Mühlberg 5, +43-664-9127570, www.wolfgangs.at
Classification: Master-Class Distillery 2017
Gold: Apfelbrand Elstar, Obstler Edelbrand, Johannisbeer Edelbrand, Spänling Edelbrand
Silver: Traubenbrand Gelber Muskateller, Mountain Gin, Mountain Rum

Maass-Brand, Österreich, 6522 Prutz, Obergasse 10 a, +43-664-1323361, www.maass-brand.at
Classification: World-Class Distillery 2017 (Distillery of the Year Gold & World-Spirits Award 2017 OBB)
Double-Gold: Gerste Imperial Holz, Single Malt Imperial Whisky
Gold: Wildkirsche, Orangenmuskateller, Marille Holz, Enzian, Gin by maass brand

Brennerei Leitner Bernhard, Österreich, 6591 Grins, Nr. 11, +43-669-12544265
Classification: Master-Class Distillery 2017
Double-Gold: Rote Williams (Spirit of the Year & World-Spirits Award 2017), Vogelbeere (World-Spirits Award 2017)
Gold: Hauszwetschke Holz
Silver: Zwetschke Wangenheimer

Qualitätsbrennerei Alfred Legenstein, Österreich, 6591 Grins, Fasche 70a, +43-664-5321957, www.edelbrand.co.at
Classification: First-Class Distillery 2017
Gold: Quittenbrand, Schlehenbrand
Silver: Enzianbrand, Brombeerbrand
Bronze: Traubentrester im Holz

VORARLBERG

Destillerie Freihof, Österreich, 6890 Lustenau, Vorachstraße 75, +43-5577-85955, www.freihof.com
Classification: Master-Class Distillery 2017
Gold: Freihof Jagertee, Edelweiss Vodka, Freihof Haselnuss Likör
Silver: Mirtillo, Marillen Likör, Freihof Holunder Likör

Michelehof-Destillerie, Österreich, 6971 Hard, Marktstraße 26, +43-5574-72412, www.michelehof.at
Classification: World-Class Distillery 2017
Double-Gold: Cigar Cuvée
Gold: Subirer Reserve, Hagebutte, Traubenbrand faßgelagert
Silver: Orangenblütenmuskatellerbrand, Zwetschkenbrand faßgelagert

STYRIA

Destillerie Franz Bauer GmbH, Österreich, 8020 Graz, Prankergasse 29-31, +43-316-770-0, www.bauerspirits.at
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Double-Gold: Heiße Hexe Zwetschken Zimt Likör (Spirit of the Year 2017)
Gold: Inländerrum, Jagertee
Silver: Zirben Zauber

Gosling GmbH, Österreich, 8020 Graz, Kindermanngasse 4 a, +43-664-88642400, www.gosling.at
Classification: World-Spirits Award Teilnehmer 2017
Silver: Gosling Haselnuss, Gosling Zirben

Schneeberger Destillate, Österreich, 8451 Heimschuh, Pernitschstraße 31, +43-3452-83934, www.weingut-schneeberger.at
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Silver: Dry Gin Styria

Wine & Spirit, Österreich, 8453 St. Johann im Saagautal, St. Johann i/S 13, +43-3455-20041, www.wineandspirit.at
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Gold: Acquavite
Silver: Weinbrand aus dem Barrique

Feindestillerie Krauss, Österreich, 8541 Schwanberg, Graden 13, +43-650-3265641, www.destillerie-krauss.at
Classification: 2 x World-Class Distillery 2017 (Distillery of the Year Gold & World-Spirits Award 2017 GIWO und Distillery of the Year Bronze 2017 OBB)
Double-Gold: Maschansker Apfelbrand holzfassgereift (Spirit of the Year & World-Spirits Award 2017), Gin+ Flower Power (Spirit of the Year & World-Spirits Award 2017)
Gold: Rosenblütenmuskateller Muscat Bleu, Hauszwetschkenbrand, Apfelweinbrand, Gin+ Holzfass, Gin+ London Dry, Gin+ Saffron, Gin+ Lemon Tree
Silver: Brau Meister "Der Bockbierbrand von Gösser"

APQ-Spirits e. U., Österreich, 8541 Schwanberg, Graden 13, +43-664-1815814, www.apq-spirits.com
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Gold: APQ Haselnuss, Rose Garden Dry Gin

Mooskirchner Feindestillerie GmbH. & CO KG, Österreich, 8562 Mooskirchen, Marktplatz 12, +43-3137-2232, www.schnaps.at
Classification: World-Class Distillery 2017
Double-Gold: Rote Williamsbirne Vakuum, Martin's Dry Gin
Gold: Weichselbrand, Marillenbrand Classic, Rote Williams, Kürbiskerncremelikör, Marillenbrand "Zigarre", Rum-Kokos-Schokoladecremelikör
Silver: Quittenbrand

Destillerie Zweiger, Österreich, 8562 Mooskirchen, Gießenberg 24, +43-3137-2318, www.zweiger.at
Classification: World-Class Distillery 2017 (Distillery of the Year Gold & World-Spirits Award 2017 BILI)
Double-Gold: Kürbiskern Likör, Steirischer Eierlikör (Spirit of the Year & World-Spirits Award 2017), Nougatlikör
Gold: Schlehdornbrand, Wiesenjäger, Schoko Kirschlikör, Quittenbrand, Kirscherl Fruchtlikör, Schoko Rum Likör
Silver: Whisky steirische Eiche, Whiskey Single Malt Sherryfass

Brennerei Pirker GmbH - Konditorei, Lebzelterei & Wachszieherei, Österreich, 8630 Mariazell, Grazer Straße 10, +43-3882-2179, www.pirker-lebkuchen.at
Classification: World-Class Distillery 2017, World-Class Distillery 2017
Double-Gold: Kräuterbitter, Bio-Kornelkirsche
Gold: Edelkräuter, Himbeergeist, Brombeergeist, Vogelbeergeist, Lebkuchenlikör, Zirben Likör, Schlehe, Waldbrombeere, Schwarze Johannisbeere, Wachauer Marille, Traubenkirsche, Apfelbrand Kronprinz Rudolf, Grüne Williams
Silver: Himbeer Likör, Zwetschke, Apfelbrand Fuji
Bronze: Schwarze Maulbeere, Himbeere

Trachtenmoden Wernbacher, Österreich, 8662 Mitterdorf, Grazerstraße 14, +43-3858-2227, www.hochsteirer.at
Classification: Master-Class Distillery 2017
Gold: Jonagold, Zwetschke, Golden Delicious Apfel, Williams Birne, Brombeere, Apfel Cuvée, Obst Cuvée
Silver: Kirsche "Firmred", Himbeere

CARINTHIA

Stroh Austria GmbH, Österreich, 9020 Klagenfurt, Strohgasse 6, +43-463-281860-301, www.stroh.at
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Gold: Stroh Fire Chili Spiced Liqueur

Brauerei Hirt GmbH, Österreich, 9322 Micheldorf, Hirt 9, +43-4268-2050-0, www.hirterbier.at
Classification: World-Spirits Award Participant 2017
Gold: Hirter Zigarrenbrand Holz
Silver: Hirter Braumeisterbrand

WOB Destillerie Wolfram Ortner, Österreich, 9546 Bad Kleinkirchheim, Untertscherner Weg 3, +43-4240-760, www.wob.at
Classification: World-Class Distillery 2016
Gold: Venti Anni 1993, Venti Anni 1994, Venti Anni 1995, WOB Evolution 2003 Apfel Cuvée Barrique


Exceptional, alternative, trendy and striking products at the WSA 2017 - Trends & Tips

Gin "the third"

It is amazing - for the third year running there was nothing new on the "gin front". Gin distilleries are popping up like proverbial mushrooms. There is another proverb that says: "Many a mickle makes a muckle." As the number of small gin producers rises so strongly every year, their existence is already being felt by the "big boys". The gin market is sure to change and be shaken up in the coming years.

The New Western Style gins are clearly gaining ground on the classic juniper gins. Somewhere the question will be answered of where the limit is for this new kind of gin. Gin has always been about juniper!

Peat is conquering the world

The epicentre of the "peaty whiskies" is Scotland. While the iodinous whiskies were once only used for blending, in the last few years they have developed into a new trend. Whether in the lowlands or in the mountains - peat can be found everywhere these days even with producers in geographical locations where you would not expect it - the best example being the Tyrolean distiller Gerhard Maass.

Power lies in the maturity

In the 100% distillate category it is noticeable that many products already have quite a few years of maturity under their belts and can thus already present themselves at their best - it's not always good to be "young"!

Fruit ester & wine brandy style

The signature of the submitted rums has changed a little. In style, the typical rum ester was foremost, but in recent years "wine brandy aromas" from the choice of barrel and also fruit ester (aromas such as: banana, pear, peach, jelly bears, Red Bull …) have become readily recognisable.

Vodka Old Eastern Style vs Western Style

We were the world's first awards council to differentiate vodkas by their aroma. Western Style is the typical neutral vodka - but with the Old Eastern Style we accept a minimal aroma, as was normal and acceptable in the East a long time ago. Vodkas are now evaluated by us according to these criteria - if they are not entered in the correct category, they lose points.

Roots from the medicine cupboard

The good news for believers in alternative medicine is that roots such as gentian, masterwort, roseroot, spignel or ginseng and ginger are now available in a delicious form - they don't have to taste bitter to be good for you!
 
Spirits for sweet tooths

The spectrum of (cream) liqueurs ranges from egg, chocolate, caramel or marzipan to "liquid apple strudel" and make perfect goodies - best "on the rocks"!

Coffee and Cigar Distillates

"World Spirits" considers itself to be a trendsetter and motivates distillers of the category fruit brandies to produce harmonious companions for coffee and cigars. The craft distiller Pirker composed the best coffee distillate - a "Traubenkirsche". The Austrian distillery Michelehof from Vorarlberg obviously has a hand for cigar distillates - with the "Cigar Cuvée" it leads the rank of the best cigar distillates.


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