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Handel

Company:
DBC PR - Jim Beam Suntory
Address:
1027 33rd St NW
Place:
20007 Washington
Country:
United States
Products:
  • Whisky USA
Jim Beam Distillery – Bourbon straight on

Knob Creek is named after a rivulet in Kentucky, the home of President Abraham Lincoln. His steadfast attitude seems to serve as an example for this straightforward bourbon. The square ‘chemist’s bottle’ suits these traditional values perfectly, as does the striking label which is reminiscent of the old tradition of wrapping bottles in newspaper. To this day, a mixture of experience and craftsmanship is the recipe for success for the bourbon from Knob Creek.

The bourbon was at the peak of its success in 1919, when the nationwide prohibition of the sale, manufacture and transport of alcohol began – lasting until 1933. Following this, a new start was impossible for many distilleries; others couldn’t finance the customary long maturing process of the bourbon. This situation motivated Booker Noe to revive the traditional bourbon style from the time before the prohibition: rich in aroma, with discreet sweetness due to year-long maturation in strongly ‘toasted’ wooden barrels from American white oak. In 1950, he joined the family business – his mother was the daughter of Jim Beam, which meant bourbon was already in his blood – and completed his training as Master Distiller. With the small series of premium bourbon he launched, the term ‘batch’ (small) was established and revolutionised the industry. His son, Fred Noe, continues with this clear strategy: “I learnt the business from scratch, listened to my father and learnt on the job. I know what it means to make perfect bourbon. Each bottle is a reflection of my family.” Since 1992, the Knob Creek brand has represented these values with the perfect combination of tradition and top quality.

A golden trio was successful at the World Spirits Award: Knob Creek Rye Whiskey Small Batch, Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve Bourbon and Knob Creek Straight Bourbon.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Gold 93.7Knob Creek Rye Whiskey Small Batch2016Details
Gold 93Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve Bourbon2016Details
Gold 91.7Knob Creek Straight Bourbon2016Details

Handel

Company:
Diageo
Address:
Lakeside Drive
Place:
NW10 7HQ London
Country:
United Kingdom
Products:
  • Spirituosen Wiederverkauf
  • Destillerie
Diageo – From London to the whole world

Approximately 33,000 employees are employed worldwide at Diageo, the market leader in premium spirits, with Smirnoff (vodka), Johnnie Walker (whiskey), J&B (Scotch whiskey), Baileys (liqueur), Captain Morgan (rum), Cuervo (tequila) and Tanqueray (gin), Guinness beer and branded wines. Production takes place all around the world: from Great Britain and Ireland, Italy, Spain and Africa, to the USA, Canada, Latin America, Australia, India and the Caribbean. The global corporation emerged in 1997 from the merger between Guinness and GrandMet. 180 markets around the world are handled from its London headquarters.

A lot of work and lots of attention to detail go into creating the in-depth product descriptions on Diageo’s website. Information and analysis is provided about issues ranging from detailed descriptions of the production down to the most minute ingredients. Finally, they are aware of the size of their company and also of their responsibilities as a supplier of alcoholic products. The name Diageo was also deliberately chosen – it represents their agenda. Put together from ‘dia’ (the Latin word for ‘day’) and ‘geo’ (the Greek word for ‘world’), it means that every day people are celebrating all over the world with products from their company. These products open up possibilities never dreamed of for special days and nights, marking special life events and even making the smaller things in life feel magical.

Participation in the World Spirits Award was magical: there was double gold for Tanqueray No. 10 (Spirit of the Year 2016), gold for Gordon’s London Dry Gin and Tanqueray London Dry Gin, as well as silver for Tanqueray Rangpur.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Double-Gold 96.3Tanqueray No. 102016Details
Gold 94.3Tanqueray London Dry Gin2016Details
Gold 92Gordon’s London Dry Gin2016Details
Silver 87Tamqueray Rangpur2016Details

Destillerie

Company:
Manufaktur Jörg Geiger GmbH
Address:
Eschenbacher Straße 1
Place:
73114 Schlat
Country:
Germany
Products:
  • Obst-Brände
Manufaktur Jörg Geiger: Passion and perfection – Swabian virtues

It’s not usually recommended that you pick and bite into a piece of fruit picked from an old orchard – ‘räs’ is how the Swabians describe the intense, tart flavours of these tannin-rich fruits. But this is ex-actly what they are looking for at Manufaktur Jörg Geiger, because these pronounced aromas are ideal for the production of distillates, sparkling wines, alcohol-free PriSeccos or the newest product: !WEHMUT, an apple vermouth wine.

The northern landscape of the Swabian Alb is characterised by the tall, old trees and is home to a va-riety of herbs, shrubs and blossoms. In production, these precious raw materials are understood and valued, and this is why the Don’t Call me Gin from the Swabian Alb contains, besides juniper, an addi-tional 77 different botanicals.

Century-old fruit varieties and special plants such as woodruff, meadowsweet and yarrow don’t thrive everywhere, but require specific conditions and specific amounts of sunlight and shade. These can be found in sparse, deciduous forests or an extensively sustainably-farmed orchard. There is nowhere this is better understood than in the hand-picking of single origin harvested fruit. The walk through the orchard teaches how to see the stages of the year in a new light, and is an inspiration for exciting combinations of fruits, herbs and aromas. And the work at the distillery allows you to experience first-hand that the old varieties are a rare commodity and something very special – as is the space where they grow.

At the World Spirits Award, there was double gold for Goldparmäne Apple in bourbon barrels, gold for AG – Don’t Call me Gin, and silver for BP Pear Wine with Pear Brandy and matured in Sauternes bar-rels and !Wehmut.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Double-Gold 95.3Goldparmäne im Bourbonfass2019Details
Gold 91AG - Don't Call me Gin2019Details
Silver 87Wehmut!2019Details
Silver 84BP Birnenwein mit Birnenbrand zugesetzt und im Sau2019Details

Destillerie

Company:
Pitú Importadora Exportadora GmbH
Address:
Justus-von-Liebig-Straße 2-14
Place:
85435 Erding
Country:
Germany
Products:
  • Cachaca
PITÚ – A successful brand from Brazil

Brazil’s second largest sugarcane spirits brand is also the best-selling export brand. In Germany, PITÚ is the best-known brand in its class and is most commonly used as a spirit to make PITÚrinha, the premium Caipirinha with PITÚ. PITÚ has been imported directly from Brazil since as long ago as 1972, and is bottled in Germany. The brand owner for all European countries is the Anton Riemerschmid, Weinbrennerei & Likörfabrik GmbH & Co. KG company, which has been 100% owned by the Underberg Group since September 1996.

The Brazilian company Engarrafamento PITÚ Ltda. was founded in 1938 by two traditional families from the north-east of Brazil – Cândido Carneiro and Ferrer de Morais. The distillery is located in Vitória de Santo Antão in the federal state of Pernambuco. The company is now in its fourth and fifth generation of managers. The search for a trademark quickly led to the name ‘PITÚ’, the colloquial name for the freshwater crayfish, Macrobrachium carcinus, which can be found in a river close to the distillery.

At the World Spirits Award, PITÚ was awarded gold as usual.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Gold 92.7Pitú2018Details