The superstars at the World Spirits Award 2018 once again come from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Caribbean:

19 x Awards and Spirits of the Year as well as 11 x Distilleries of the Year - that's the brand-new result.

What is certainly new is the record number of samples, the variety of the product ranges, and the origins of the participants. The Austrian province of Styria is becoming an important centre for quality distillers, Germany is hot on its heels in the medals table and in product quality. Switzerland and the Caribbean islands of Grenada and St. Lucia shine in the rum sector.

The World Spirits Award Celebration at Hubertus Vallendar Distillery in Germany was both a highlight and a Who’s Who of the worldwide distilling scene. Many of the 2018 Award participants came from all over the world to receive the World Spirits Awards – an achievement they can be proud of.

The superstars of 2018

As far as the superlatives and origins of the WSA superstars of 2018 are concerned, it’s an international match between Germany and Austria with Caribbean participation and Swiss precision.

  • Brennerei Hubertus Vallendar (Germany): Distillery of the Year Gold, Distillery of the Year Silver, Distillery of the Year Bronze, 1 x World Spirits Award 2018
  • finch® Whiskydestillerie (Germany): Distillery of the Year Gold, 1 x World Spirits Award 2018
  • Hofbrennerei Oberkorb (Germany): Distillery of the Year Gold, 2 x World Spirits Award 2018, 1 x Spirit of the Year
  • Brennerei Pirker GmbH (Austria): Distillery of the Year Gold, 1 x World Spirits Award 2018
  • The liqueur and whisky specialist – Destillerie Zweiger (Austria): Distillery of the Year Silver, 2 x World Spirits Award 2018, 2 x Spirit of the Year
  • Distillery Krauss (Austria): Distillery of the Year Gold, 2 x World Spirits Award 2018, 1 x Spirit of the Year
  • Kirschbrennerei Dettling (Switzerland): Distillery of the Year Bronze, 1 x World Spirits Award 2018, 1 x Spirit of the Year
  • Rum Distillery St. Lucia (St. Lucia): Distillery of the Year Gold, 2 x World Spirits Award 2018, 1 x Spirit of the Year
  • Grenada Distillers Limited (Grenada): Distillery of the Year Bronze

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Distilleries of the Year 2018 in Gold and Awards

Hubertus Vallendar’s Wall of Fame on the Mosel is a true collection of precious metals: gold (FRUIT SPIRITS), silver (100% DISTILLATES) and bronze (BITTERS & LIQUEURS). The German distillery finch® is also at the top of the ranking in the Whisky Worldwide category, just like Hofbrennerei Oberkorb in the category of 100% DISTILLATES. From the south of Austria there’s a Styrian duo: Brennerei Pirker (100% DISTILLATES) and Distillery Krauss (GIN & VODKA) – both at the zenith of creativity. Right at the top of the podium you will also find the Caribbean rum distillery St. Lucia Distillers.

The title of “Distillery of the Year Silver” was awarded to Destillerie Zweiger from Styria (BITTERS & LIQUEURS) and Grenada Distillers Limited (RUM).

“Distillery of the Year Bronze” was awarded to the Swiss Kirsch Distillery Arnold Dettling in the category of 100% DISTILLATES.

For the first time within the framework of the WSA, a distiller is awarded a “World Spirits Award” for his life’s work.
We congratulate the maestro of Monte Grappa, the Italian grand seigneur Vittorio Capovilla, for his continuous pursuit of quality!
Over the decades he has made an important contribution to improving the production of fruit distillates and grappa.

Double Gold & Spirits of the Year as well as Awards 2018 for the group winners

The following distilleries received 13 World Spirits Awards for group wins and 19 Spirits of the Year as variety winner – in different categories:

Arnold Dettling AG – Dettling Wildkirsche (wild cherry) (Spirit of the Year 2018 & World Spirits Award 2018)
Destillerie Zweiger – Steirischer Eierlikör (egg liqueur) (Spirit of the Year 2018 & World Spirits Award 2018)
Destillerie Zweiger – Whisky smoked oak (Spirit of the Year 2018 & World Spirits Award 2018)
Distillery Krauss GmbH – Strong Spirit Tresterbrand (marc brandy) (Spirit of the Year 2018 & World Spirits Award 2018)
Edelbrandmanufaktur Wilhelm Marx – Gingerliq (Spirit of the Year 2018 & World Spirits Award 2018)
Gebr. J. & M. Ziegler GmbH – Weinbergpfirsich Likör (Saturn peach liqueur) (Spirit of the Year 2018 & World Spirits Award 2018)
Hofbrennerei Oberkorb – Quitte Edeldestillat (quince distillate) (Spirit of the Year 2018 & World Spirits Award 2018)
Nordic Premium Beverages – Chef & Chevalier’s Arctic Blue Gin (Spirit of the Year 2018 & World Spirits Award 2018)
Nyborg Destilleri ApS – Organic Single Malt Whisky Cask Strength, Ardor Isle of Fionia (Spirit of the Year 2018 & World Spirits Award 2018)
Semper idem Underberg GmbH – Brasilberg (Spirit of the Year 2018 & World Spirits Award 2018)
St. Lucia Distillers Ltd. 1931 – Sixth Edition (Spirit of the Year 2018 & World Spirits Award 2018)
STIN – Firmenich & Jagerhofer GesbR – STIN Styrian Dry Gin (Spirit of the Year 2018 & World Spirits Award 2018)
Erber GmbH – Schwarzer Johannisbeer Brand (blackcurrant brandy) (World Spirits Award 2018)
WOB Destillerie Wolfram Ortner – WOB London Dry Gin "Fire & Ice 2015" (Spirit of the Year 2018)
Distillery Krauss GmbH – Anis (aniseed) (Spirit of the Year 2018)
Brennerei Hubertus Vallendar GmbH & Co KG – Haselnuss Piemont Spirituose (hazelnut spirit) (Spirit of the Year 2018)
Feinbrennerei Sasse – Nju Korn mild (Spirit of the Year 2018)
Garagenbrenner Wöhrer – Zwetschke 48 Reserva fassgelagert (damson, cask-aged) (Spirit of the Year 2018)
Mozart Destillerie – Mozart Chocolate Cream (Spirit of the Year 2018)
Nannoni Grappe Srl – Grappa Cuore di Vinsanto Riserva Nannoni (Spirit of the Year 2018)

Distilleries of the Year, Awards & Spirit of the Year

19 Awards were awarded in 2018: 6 for the title of “Distillery of the Year GOLD” and a further 13 for WSA group winners.

For the first time within the framework of the WSA, a distiller is awarded a “World Spirits Award” for his life’s work.
We congratulate the maestro of Monte Grappa, the Italian grand seigneur Vittorio Capovilla, for his continuous pursuit of quality!
Over the decades he has made an important contribution to improving the production of fruit distillates and grappa.

Distillery Classification

32 distilleries were classified in different categories (from fruit brandy via whisky and grappa to rum). 23 of them can enjoy the award „World Class Distillery“, 5 with „Master Class Distillery“, 3 with „First Class Distillery“ and 1 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“.

Distilleries of the Year 2018

Brennerei Hubertus Vallendar GmbH & Co KG (Germany) FRUIT SPIRITS DoY Gold & Award, 100% DISTILLATES DoY Silver,
BITTERS & LIQUEURS DoY Bronze  
finch® Whiskydestillerie (Germany) WHISKY WORLDWIDE DoY Gold & Award             
Hofbrennerei Oberkorb (Germany) 100% DISTILLATES DoY Gold & Award                   
Distillery Krauss GmbH (Austria) GIN & VODKA DoY Gold & Award                   
Brennerei Pirker Gmbh – Konditorei, Lebzelterei & Wachszieherei (Austria) BITTERS & LIQUEURS DoY Gold & Award          
St. Lucia Distillers Ltd. (St. Lucia) RUM DoY Gold & Award                     
Grenada Distillers LTD (Grenada) RUM DoY Silver
Destillerie Zweiger (Austria) BITTERS & LIQUEURS DoY Silver   
Arnold Dettling AG (Switzerland) 100% DISTILLATES DoY Bronze

World-Class Distilleries 2018

Arnold Dettling AG (Schweiz) 100-%-DESTILLATE
Asbach GmbH (Deutschland) WEINBRAND
Brennerei Hubertus Vallendar GmbH & Co KG (Deutschland) OBST SPIRITS, BITTER & LIKÖRE
Brennerei Pirker Gmbh - Konditorei, Lebzelterei & Wachszieherei (Österreich) 100-%-DESTILLATE, BITTER & LIKÖRE
Destillerie Zweiger (Österreich) BITTER & LIKÖRE
Distillery Krauss GmbH (Österreich) GIN & WODKA, 100-%-DESTILLATE
Ditta Bortolo Nardini Spa (Italien) GRAPPA
Edelbrandmanufaktur Wilhelm Marx (Deutschland) BITTER & LIKÖRE
Edelkorn-Brennerei Jos. Rosche GmbH & Co. KG (Deutschland) KORN
Erber GmbH (Österreich) 100-%-DESTILLATE
Feinbrennerei Sasse (Deutschland) KORN
finch® Whiskydestillerie (Deutschland) WHISKY WORLDWIDE
Garagenbrenner Wöhrer (Österreich) 100-%-DESTILLATE
Gautier-Mückstein Getränke GmbH (Österreich) BITTER & LIKÖRE
Grenada Distillers LTD (Grenada) RUM
Grenzwald-Destillation Otto Ficker GmbH (Deutschland) BITTER & LIKÖRE
Hödl Hof Fruchtdestillerie und Spirituosen (Österreich) BITTER & LIKÖRE
Hofbrennerei Oberkorb (Deutschland) 100-%-DESTILLATE
John Dewar & Son's (Großbritannien) WHISKY SCOTCH
KWV SA (Südafrika) SOUTH AFRICAN BRANDY
Laubade et Domaines Associés (Frankreich) ARMAGNAC
Spezialitäten-Brennerei & Whisky Destillerie Liebl GmbH (Deutschland) 100-%-DESTILLATE
St. Lucia Distillers Ltd. (St. Lucia) RUM

Master-Class Distilleries 2018

Brennerei Alfred Legenstein (Österreich) 100-%-DESTILLATE
Brennerei Schulze Rötering (Deutschland) OBST SPIRITS
Erber GmbH (Österreich) BITTER & LIKÖRE
Hödl Hof Fruchtdestillerie und Spirituosen (Österreich) OBST SPIRITS
Spezialitäten-Brennerei & Whisky Destillerie Liebl GmbH (Deutschland) WHISKY WORLDWIDE

First-Class Distilleries 2018

Eifel-Destillerie (Deutschland) BITTER & LIKÖRE BITTER & LIKÖRE
Hödl Hof Fruchtdestillerie und Spirituosen (Österreich) 100-%-DESTILLATE
Leardini Liquori Artigianali (Italien) BITTER & LIKÖRE BITTER & LIKÖRE

Recommended Distilleries 2018

Destillerie Hochstrasser GmbH & CO KG (Österreich) BITTER & LIKÖRE

Participating Distilleries 2018

6100 Pty Ltd t/as Artisan Spirit Merchants USA LLC (Australien)
Absintherie Celle à Guilloud (Schweiz)
Angostura Limited (Trinidad und Tobago)
Appenzeller Alpenbitter AG (Schweiz)
Bacardi Martini, Inc. (USA)
Blue Liquors Ltd (Mauritius)
Brauerei Hirt GmbH. (Österreich)
Burgunderhof digestifs GmbH (Deutschland)
Camus La Grande Marque (Frankreich)
Casa Real (Bolivien)
Clint Wilfred & Sons LTD (Vereinigte Arabische Emirate)
Derrumbes Mezcal (Mexiko)
Destillate Fabian Vögtle (Deutschland)
Destillerie & Brennerei Heinrich Habbel Liqueur Manufactur (Deutschland)
Destillerie Franz Bauer GmbH (Österreich)
Destillerie Kammer-Kirsch GmbH (Deutschland)
Destillerie Stelzl "vulgo Milhalm" (Österreich)
Di Fiorito B.V. (Niederlande)
Die Brau- & Brennwerkstatt (Deutschland)
Die Wachauer Privatdestillerie Hellerschmid (Österreich)
Disruptive Craft Spirits LLC (USA)
E&J Gallo Winery (USA)
Eagles Future GmbH (Österreich)
Edward Snell & Co Ltd (PTY) (Südafrika)
Elephant Gin Ltd (Deutschland)
Emperador Distillers, Inc. (Philippinen)
Familia Camarena (USA)
Family of Hounds Limited (Großbritannien)
Fuchshof (Deutschland)
Gans Feinbrand Manufaktur GmbH (Deutschland)
Gebhard Hämmerle Privatbrennerei GmbH (Österreich)
Gebr. J. & M. Ziegler GmbH (Deutschland)
GINSTR – Stuttgart Dry Gin (Stuttgart Distillers) (Deutschland)
GRASOVKA importowo-eksportowa GmbH (Deutschland)
Gurktaler Alpenkräuter GmbH (Österreich)
Herman Jansen Beverages Nederland B.V. (Niederlande)
Kavalan Distillery (Taiwan)
Khemani Distilleries Pvt. Ltd (Indien)
Lambay Irish Whiskey Company (Irland)
Leibwächter (Österreich)
Lovely Rita Spirits (USA)
Maison Ferrand (Frankreich)
MaMaMex GmbH (Deutschland)
MBG International Premium Brands GmbH (Deutschland)
Mey icki San. ve Tic. A.S. (Türkei)
Miguel Torres S. A. (Spanien)
Milano Dry Gin Srl (Italien)
Mozart Destillerie (Österreich)
MSB-Spirits CVBA (Belgien)
MV GROUP (Litauen)
Nannoni Grappe Srl (Italien)
New Amsterdam (USA)
Nordic Premium Beverages (Finnland)
Nyborg Destilleri ApS (Dänemark)
Omsons Marketing Pvt. Ltd. (Oasis Group) (Indien)
Pitú Importadora Exportadora GmbH (Deutschland)
Plomari Ouzo Distillery Isidoros Arvanitis S.A. (Griechenland)
Productos finos de Agave (Mexiko)
Pyatt Enterprises LLC (USA)
Radeberger Destillation & Liqueurfabrik GmbH (Deutschland)
ReGINerate (Deutschland)
Roner AG Brennereien (Italien)
Rossbacher VertriebsgmbH (Österreich)
Roust Hungary KFT (Ungarn)
Rum Company LLC (USA)
Salm Bräu GmbH (Österreich)
Sauerland Distillers GmbH (Deutschland)
Scheible Bräu & Spirituosen GmbH (Deutschland)
See-Destillerie Renate Peinsteiner (Österreich)
Semper idem Underberg GmbH (Deutschland)
Southern Champion Distillery (USA)
STIN – Firmenich & Jagerhofer GesbR (Österreich)
Summerhall Distillery Ltd (Großbritannien)
Taunus-Gin GmbH (Deutschland)
The Shropshire Gin Company Ltd (Großbritannien)
TOPP d.o.o. Berryshka (Slovenien)
Trachtenmoden Wernbacher GmbH (Österreich)
Ungava Spirits CO. LTD. (Kanada)
Valamo Monastery Distillery (Finnland)
Várda-Drink Zrt. (Ungarn)
W. Hämmerle Destillerie Freihof GmbH & CO KG (Österreich)
Weingut Schneeberger (Österreich)
WOB Destillerie Wolfram Ortner (Österreich)
Wyborowa S. A. Pernod Ricard (Polen)

Medals & variety winners

113 participants and distilleries from 30 nations (islands) took part in the “World Spirits Award 2018”, submitting 485 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.

480 medals were awarded – 57 double golds (19 of them Spirits of the Year), 312 golds, 131 silvers and 8 bronze medals. A peripheral detail: 5 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.

Double-Gold 2018

Absintherie Celle à Guilloud Absinthe "Celle à Guilloud 54°"
Arnold Dettling AG, Dettling Wildkirsche
Asbach GmbH, Asbach Jahrgangsbrand 1972
Brennerei Hubertus Vallendar GmbH & Co KG, Haselnuss Piemont Spirituose, Marc de Moselle (Rieslingtrester)
Brennerei Pirker Gmbh – Konditorei, Lebzelterei & Wachszieherei, Lebkuchenlikör
Destillerie & Brennerei Heinrich Habbel Liqueur Manufactur, Hillock Honey & Herbs, Whisky Liqueur refined with real Honey and Herbs
Destillerie Zweiger, Steirischer Eierlikör, Whisky smoked oak, Kürbiskern Likör, Kokos-Sahne Likör
Di Fiorito B.V., Fiorito Limoncello
Distillery Krauss GmbH, Strong Spirit Tresterbrand, Anis, Gin+ Flower Power, Gin+ London Dry Gin
Ditta Bortolo Nardini Spa, Nardini Riserva 60°
Edelbrandmanufaktur Wilhelm Marx, Ginger No. 1, Gingerliq
Elephant Gin Ltd, Elephant Strength Gin 57%
Erber GmbH, Kaffee Geist, Schwarzer Johannisbeer Brand
Family of Hounds Limited, Family of Hounds
Feinbrennerei Sasse, Nju Korn mild, Freimeister Kollektiv Rye 093 Straight Rye Whiskey, T.S. Privat, Lagerkorn Bordeaux Finish
Garagenbrenner Wöhrer, Zwetschke "48" Reserva fassgelagert
Gautier Mückstein Getränke GmbH, Haselnusscreme Likör
Gebr. J. & M. Ziegler GmbH, Weinbergpfirsich Likör
GRASOVKA importowo-eksportowa GmbH, Grasovka
Grenada Distillers LTD, Pure White
Grenzwald-Destillation Otto Ficker GmbH, Heidelbeerlikör, Schokolikör
Hödl Hof Fruchtdestillerie und Spirituosen, The Original 1542 London Dry Gin Old Classic
Hofbrennerei Oberkorb, Quitte Edeldestillat
John Dewar & Son's, Dewars Signature, Blend
Kavalan Distillery, Kavalan Solist Fino Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
KWV SA, KWV 20
Laubade et Domaines Associés, Château de Laubade 1983 Cask Strength, Château de Laubade 1992 Cask Strength, Laubade 1978
Mozart Destillerie, Mozart Chocolate Cream
Nannoni Grappe Srl, Grappa Cuore di Vinsanto Riserva Nannoni
Nordic Premium Beverages, Chef & Chevalier's Arctic Blue Gin
Nyborg Destilleri ApS, Organic Gin Distilled DEW 87°. Organic Single Malt Whisky - Cask Strength, Ardor - Isle of Fionia
Scheible Bräu & Spirituosen GmbH, Kraterfeuer - der minzig-feurige Kräuterlikör, Krater Noster Bavarian Distilled Dry Gin
Semper Idem Underberg GmbH, Brasilberg
Spezialitäten-Brennerei & Whisky Destillerie Liebl GmbH, Blutorangenbrand
St. Lucia Distillers Ltd., 1931 - Sixth Edition
STIN - Firmenich & Jagerhofer GesbR, Stin - Styrian dry Gin
Summerhall Distillery Ltd, Pickering's Navy Strength Gin, Pickering's Gin
Varda-Drink Zrt., Várda Bitter liqueur
WOB Destillerie Wolfram Ortner, WOB London Dry Gin - Fire & Ice 2015

Facts and Figures 2018

19 World-Spirits Awards
6 Distilleries of the Year - Gold
3 Distilleries of the Year - Silver
2 Distillery of the Year - Bronze

19 Spirit of the Year
57 Double-Gold
312 Gold
131 Silver
8 Bronze
5 Weak/ Faults
485 products overall

32 Classifications
23 World-Class Distilleries
5 Master-Class Distilleries
3 First-Class Distillery
1 Recommended Distillery

 

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