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Nova Scotia is the second smallest province of Canada and is located on the Atlantic coast. In the historic port of Lunenburg – the home of the famous Bluenose schooner – Pierre Guevremont and Lynne MacKay founded their distillery in 2010. It is located in a small house dating from the 19th century, which previously housed a smithy, and because it has retained the character it carries the name ‘The Blacksmith’s Shop’. Where once ‘hardware’ was hammered for the Bluenose schooner, now vodka, gin, rum, brandy and liqueurs are produced in small batches. One speciality is Canada’s only vodka made from apples, but the bottled pears – 400 to 500 a year – also reflect commitment to the region.
Ironworks is a distillery with a clearly defined philosophy: ‘Made in Nova Scotia = Jobs in Nova Scotia’. The products are produced by hand from start to finish and personally monitored at every phase. Great value is attached to high quality ingredients from the region: apples, pears, berries, grapes or rhubarb, which come from their extensive partner network – and travel no more than 150 kilometres. The molasses for the rum is imported from Guatemala. The cellar has a capacity for 30,000 litres, and at the moment there are about 200 oak barrels stored there.
At the World Spirits Award, the handmade products were convincing: there was gold for Ironworks Apple Brandy and Ironworks Gin, silver for Ironworks Aged Pear, Ironworks Rum and Bluenose Rum.
|Gold||91.3||Ironworks Apple Brandy||2017||Details|
|Silver||89||Ironworks Aged Pear||2017||Details|
The Underberg company is based in Rheinberg in North Rhine-Westphalia and has a history dating back more than 175 years – a unique success story among German companies and brands. Hubert Underberg (I) founded the company H. Underberg-Albrecht with his wife, Catharina Albrecht, on 17 June 1846 – their wedding day. This spawned an internationally active company group which is now a premium supplier of drinks brands in various market segments of the industry.
The one-product company was developed into a brand-oriented drinks business under the direction of Emil Underberg (II) with a sales volume of more than 300 million euros annually (2011). The Underberg companies employ over 400 staff worldwide. On average, more than every fourth bottle of the six biggest brands (Underberg, Asbach, PITÚ, XUXU, Grasovka and Riemerschmid) is sold outside of Germany.
Dr. Paul Underberg, the grandson of the company’s founder, was very cosmopolitan and had a natural passion for foreign cultures. He was particularly fascinated by the healing power of plants from the Amazon region. In 1933, he settled in Rio de Janeiro and started the production of ‘Underberg do Brasil’, which soon became Brazilian high society’s preferred drink.
At the World Spirits Award, there was double gold for Bio Underberg (World Spirits Award 2022 & Spirit of the Year 2022), and gold for Underberg.
- Spirituosen Wiederverkauf
Georg Hemmeter – strawberry drinks with exceptional flavour guaranteed
The name Georg Hemmeter – a company of the Underberg Group – stands for innovative spirits, in particular the XUXU range. The fresh and fruity strawberry drink contains 66 percent fruit plus crystal-clear vodka, rounded off with a dash of lime. The harmony between the sweetness of the fruit and just 15% alcohol by volume is created using a special production method. XUXU Ten, the little luxury in a 250 ml aluminium bottle with only 10% alcohol by volume, is dressed to party – it is still relatively new to the market, yet is already at home in all the world’s top party venues.
XUXU can be served in so many different ways: chilled, neat, on crushed ice, as a dessert topping, with sparkling wine or with other mixers – XUXU tastes heavenly and offers fresh and fruity pleasure. Welcome to Berrydise!
Initially the absolute top star in Greece, XUXU is now also number 1 in Russia, and extremely popular in Turkey and Italy too.
XUXU Strawberry & Vodka Drink and XUXU Ten won Gold at the World Spirits Award 2014.
|Gold||93||Xuxu Strawberry & Vodka drink||2014||Details|
- Spirituosen Wiederverkauf
One recipe – two families. Each family has its own carefully guarded secret recipe, and with the Lücke family this remained in the hands of grandfather Heinz and later his son Dieter for many decades. Long enough, thought sons Thomas and Christian. In any case, it is the ‘Felsenfeuer’ herb liqueur that once made the Lücke Distillery one of the most important in Münsterland. After the war they continued the success story which first began in the 18th century, with this herb liqueur, using the recipe that Heinz Lücke worked out. In the 1950s everyone was talking about it, but in the 1960s the era of the distillery and the herb liqueur ended. But not for good – 60 years later it celebrated its resurrection with the ‘Freudenfeuer’.
Whilst searching for a distillery, Thomas and Christian kept to family tradition, as their grandmother was a Sasse, and the Sasses’ fine distillery in Schöppingen is still well known today. Following a traditional recipe from 1947 the new liqueur is distilled in small batches and is bottled by hand after a ten-day rest period. Ready to enjoy: neat and ice cold like in the time of our grandfathers, or smoother, on ice with lightly pressed orange zest, or as a basis for a long drink with tonic water or ginger ale. To old times and new friends!
At the World Spirits Award, there was gold for Freudenfeuer.