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Destillerie

Company:
Diwisa Distillerie Willisau SA
Address:
Menznauerstrasse 23
Place:
6130 Willisau
Country:
Switzerland
Products:
  • Obst-Brände
Diwisa – Craftsmanship & high-tech

Diwisa is a family business from Central Switzerland. Founded in 1918, it is now one of Europe’s most modern distilleries. Distilling takes place in the traditional copper vessels where craftsmanship is combined with high-tech elements. In addition to perfecting the product range and quality management process, the focus is on innovation and customer satisfaction with a 24-hour service on offer, all possible thanks to the streamlined structure, fast decision-making processes and unusually close proximity to the market. With an annual turnover of around 160 million francs in 32 countries, Diwisa is the number one on the Swiss spirits market.

‘The Swiss Factory’ combines tradition and high-tech under one roof. Each year, up to 8,000 tons of fresh fruit are processed at Switzerland’s largest must storage facility of 82 tanks. The ecological waste water treatment plant saves up to 100,000 litres of water per day – and is therefore Europe’s most modern distillery with a 50% energy recovery rating. 10,000 bottles pass through the high-tech filling process per hour.

Diwisa combines tradition and ‘jet-set’ under one roof with its broad product range. The fruit spirits from Original Willisauer added to a ‘Kafi Luz’ (coffee with fruit schnapps) are now a key feature of many traditional and cultural events. The diverse range of colours and flavours of TROJKA impress many partygoers while fans of premium products favour Xellent Swiss Vodka, Swiss Edelweiss Gin or Château du Breuil Calvados.

At the World Spirits Award, there was gold for the white Rum Escape 7 and Xellent Edelweiss Gin and silver for the Escape 7 Rum Anejo Reserva and La Valadiere Poire William.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Gold 91.3Escape 7 weisser Rum2013Details
Gold 90Xellent Edelweiss Gin2013Details
Silver 89Escape 7 Rum Anejo Reserva2013Details
Silver 83La Valadiere Poire William2013Details

Destillerie

Company:
Kavalan Distillery
Address:
326, Sec 2, Yuan-Shan Rd, Yuan-Shan
Place:
264444 Yilan
Country:
Taiwan, Province of China
Products:
  • Whisky Allgemein
Kavalan – Taiwan’s first single malt whisky

Taiwan’s natural resources gave rise to the founding of the country’s first whisky distillery. Behind the whisky is the King Car Group which operates companies in various sectors, including drinks, food, bio-technology, aquaculture among others. For years, they were looking for the perfect place for whisky production on the subtropical island, where hot, humid summers accelerate the maturation process. Yilan in the north-east of Taiwan was chosen due to the pure spring water of the Central Mountain Range and Snowy Mountain Range. The location also has the cleanest air in the country and is close to the Pacific, where the cool winds from Siberia can be felt in winter. An ideal setting for letting the whisky breathe in its casks.

The distillery was built in record time in just nine months with the first drops produced on 11 March 2006 and the first bottles of Kavalan issued in December 2008. Today, Kavalan is the most-sold product in this field. The company’s technical equipment includes copper distillation stills from overseas, various cask types (bourbon, sherry, American oak, etc.) and professional advisors – some with more than 30 years of experience in drinks manufacture.

The company’s results at the World Spirits Award are just as impressive as the dimensions of its distillery: as well as double gold for the Kavalan Solist Fino Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky, there were another 16 golds and one silver.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Double-Gold 96.3Kavalan Solist Fino Sherry Single Cask Strength Si2018Details
Gold 94.7Kavalan Solist ex-Bourbon Single Cask Strength Sin2018Details
Gold 94.7Kavalan Solist Amontillado Sherry Single Cask Stre2018Details
Gold 94.3Kavalan Solist Manzanilla Sherry Single Cask Stren2018Details
Gold 94Kavalan ex-Bourbon Oak Single Malt Whisky2018Details
Gold 94Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique Single Cask Strength2018Details
Gold 93.3Kavalan Solist Brandy Single Cask Strength Single 2018Details
Gold 93.3Kavalan Distillery Reserve Rum Cask Single Cask St2018Details
Gold 93.3Kavalan Solist Moscatel Sherry Single Cask Strengt2018Details
Gold 93.3Kavalan Solist Sherry Single Cask Strength Single 2018Details
Gold 93Kavalan Solist Port Single Cask Strength Single Ma2018Details
Gold 92.7Kavalan Sherry Oak Single Malt Whisky2018Details
Gold 92.7Kavalan Distillery Reserve Peaty Cask Single Cask 2018Details
Gold 92.7Kavalan Solist PX Sherry Single Cask Strength Sing2018Details
Gold 92Kavalan Classic Single Malt Whisky2018Details
Gold 91Kavalan Podium Single Malt Whisky2018Details
Gold 90King Car Conductor Single Malt Whisky2018Details
Silver 89Kavalan Concertmaster Single Malt Whisky2018Details

Handel

Company:
Tradition Mexico GmbH
Address:
Bernhard Höfel Straße 14
Place:
6020 Innsbruck
Country:
Austria
Products:
  • Spirituosen Wiederverkauf
Tradition Mexico – Tequila without compromises

The friends behind Padre azul, the new tequila in the premium segment, stand united on one matter: their passion for Mexico. “We appreciate high quality tequila, and with Padre azul we are bringing an exclusive product to Europe. We searched for the perfect distillery for a long time. At Tres Mujeres in Jalisco in the highlands of Mexico we found what we were looking for.” 100% Mexico – 100% handcraft – 100% agave.

These requirements and quality criteria apply to the whole production process, which is why each bottle also wears the sought-after quality seal from the Mexican authorities, “Consejo Regulador del Tequila” (CRT). There were no compromises when it came to the design of the bottles: they are made by hand and adorned with a 270g skull which represents the skull culture of Mexico.

Padre azul is available in three grades of maturity, depending on the length of storage. The Añejo usually spends eighteen months in French oak barrels to achieve a mature, full-bodied taste. The Reposado needs at least eight months in barrels for its subtle vanilla tone. The Blanco is a clear tequila which is bottled straight after distillation – it is soft and mild in taste. None of the three need salt or lemon – you can enjoy them neat. True to the motto: no compromises.

At the World Spirits Award, the trio was very successful: there was double gold for Super Premium Tequila Padre azul anejo, gold for Super Premium Tequila Padre azul reposado, and silver for Super Premium Tequila Padre azul blanco.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Double-Gold 95.3Super Premium Tequila Padre azul anejo2016Details
Gold 93.3Super Premium Tequila Padre azul reposado2016Details
Silver 89Super Premium Tequila Padre azul blanco2016Details

Handel

Company:
J.A.Gilka KG
Address:
Hubert-Underberg-Allee 1
Place:
47493 Rheinberg
Country:
Germany
Products:
  • Spirituosen Wiederverkauf
  • Destillerie
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Silver 88Gilka Bio2012Details

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