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Handel

Company:
Camus International Limited
Address:
Room 5004-5005 Hong Kong New World Tower, 300 Road
Place:
200021 Shanghai
Country:
China
Products:
  • Spirituosen Wiederverkauf
Kweichow Moutai: China’s ‘national schnapps’ on the rise

Baijiu is the most popular alcoholic drink in China and Moutai the most famous brand, with a similar status to vodka in Russia or tequila in Mexico. Its origins go back over 2,000 years to the time of Emperor Wu of Han. These days, the national drink is frequently served at official state banquets and is used as the official state gift. Its protected source is the village of Maotai in the Guizhou province on the banks of the Chishui, the Red River. These days, more than 30,000 tons of the 53 percent alcohol Moutai are produced. In cooperation with Camus, a limited edition was launched as an homage to the greatest poets: after Li Bai in 2013, Du Fu followed in 2018. The elegant bottle showing a painting of a poem is made from the finest porcelain.

Traditional methods are used for the distillation of regional raw materials: organic sorghum and wheat and the best water. Fermentation takes place at high temperatures. During the production process, which takes a year, fresh grain is added twice to the boilers, then several boiling and fermentation processes take place. Every batch of the distillate is separated according to age, production cycle and aroma. It then matures slowly in terracotta containers and, during the storage period of at least five years, develops a fine soya aroma. Master blenders make sure that the characteristic, full flavour is preserved. The secret lies in the humid climate, the water from the Chishui, as well as in the distillation technique and maturing period.

At the World Spirits Award, there was double gold for Kweichou Moutai Du Fu Edition.
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Double-Gold 95.3Kweichow Moutai "Legendary China Collection" (Du F2021Details

Handel

Company:
LLC Prevelon Rus
Address:
55 Ryabinovaya str.
Place:
121471 Москва 471
Country:
Russian Federation
Products:
  • Wodka
  • Destillerie
Prevelon: Premium vodka by order of the Kremlin

Kremlin Premium Vodka was created as the official drink for all diplomatic receptions and banquets at the Kremlin and was intended as the hallmark of high-ranking events. The decision in favour of the most traditional Russian drink was unanimous. It was only produced on special order and in limited amounts. The first large batch of this ‘protocol’ vodka was ordered in February 1945 for the Yalta Conference. Kremlin Award Grand Premium came on the market in 2011 and is exported to 38 countries, and in many of them it holds the top position in the ultra-premium vodka category. Since 2016, the product range has included Kremlin Award Classic, which enjoys great popularity amongst all partners.

Two products have been added to the product range. Kremlin Award Organic is based on alcohol that is produced from the highest quality organic wheat, and on natural drinking water. The vodka passes through a multi-stage purification through pure birchwood charcoal. The alcohol for Kremlin Award Vintage is made from organic grains from the same harvest. The wheat grains are stored in a grain silo until they reach their physiological maturity in order to get a high-quality base product. The ‘luxury alcohol’ is then mixed with natural drinking water and, after purification, is granted a resting period. Production is limited to the year stated on the label.

At the World Spirits Award, there was gold for Kremlin Award Organic and Kremlin Award Vintage.
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Gold 93.3Kremlin Award Vintage2020Details
Gold 93Kremlin Award Organic2020Details

Destillerie

Company:
Hammer & Son Ltd.
Address:
Birkirkara Hill - Flatlet E, Oasis
Place:
St. Julians MA STJ 1145
Country:
United Kingdom
Products:
  • Gin
Hammer & Son - A new generation of gin

Geranium Gin had been the subject of much fine-tuning before it was presented to the public for the first time at the Bar Convent Berlin in September 2009 - and was well-received by leading bar specialists. The man behind the product is Danish citizen Henrik Hammer, an accomplished expert and judge who developed the new gin together with his late father, a chemist.

Their vision was to develop a special gin: specially suited to mixing cocktails, compatible with tonic and vermouth and adaptable to various fruit components. The unique character of the gin is based on the combination of fresh and dried plant components including juniper and a special species of geranium.

"I've worked intensively with gin for many years and sampled hundreds of products, but the taste spectrum is always fairly similar. So I saw it as a challenge to push the boundaries. The smell of geranium leaves always reminds me of gin and tonic, and the plant has been used for its healing properties over centuries as well as to clear the air and fragrance foods. To extract the oils contained in the plant as a basis for gin, we developed a special distillation process."

To ensure the authenticity of the label "London Dry Gin" as a Danish producer, a British expert was consulted to finalise the recipe. The result of the intensive efforts: a successful product which secured itself gold at the World-Spirits Award with high marks.
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Gold 93London Gin2010Details

Destillerie

Company:
Ditta Bortolo Nardini Spa
Address:
Ponte Vecchio 2
Place:
36061 Valrovina
Country:
Italy
Products:
  • Grappa
Ditta Bortolo Nardini – Passion for an Italian icon

The oldest distillery in Italy was founded in Bassano del Grappa in 1779 and is now being run in the seventh generation of the Nardini family: Angelo, Antonio, Cristina and Leonardo. They continue the family tradition and are dedicated to an Italian icon – grappa. Distillation takes place at two locations, Bassano and Monastier, whereby in Bassano there is also steel tank storage for white grappa products and a cellar with over 500 barrels made from Slavonian oak for the maturation of the Grappa Riserva. A team of experts in an in-house laboratory oversees the entire work process, thus guaranteeing the highest quality standards.

For grappa production, grape marc from mainly local, typical grape varieties is selected. Quality control begins with the harvest and, 24 hours at the latest after pressing, the marc is delivered to the distillery. Here it is stored in air-tight containers to guarantee the high quality of the distillate. Despite the size of the company, there is a strong focus on traditional distilling methods, with the goal of constant improvement. Speaking of tradition: the distillery is a member of ‘Les Henokiens’, an exclusive, international club of about 50 family businesses, which are at least 200 years old.

At the World Spirits Award, there was gold for Acqua di Cedro, Selezione Bortolo Nardini 7 y.o., and silver for Mandorla, Selezione Bortolo Nardini 15 y.o. and Amaro.

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Gold 92.7Selezione Bortolo Nardini 7 y.o.2019Details
Gold 92.7Acqua di Cedro2019Details
Silver 89Amaro2019Details
Silver 86Mandorla2019Details
Silver 85Selezione Bortolo Nardini 15 y.o.2019Details
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