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Topic tips BOTTLE MARKET 2021


On weekends from Friday to Sunday, 19th to 21st November, around 120 international manufacturers, importers and independent bottlers will meet in Hall 7 of MESSE BREMEN and bring their expertise and the finest drops. There is a special story in every bottle, and at every stand you will meet interesting people who enthusiastically tell about their products. We would be happy if we could inspire you with some “high-spirited” tips. Many more, as well as the exhibitor list and the topics and dates of the tastings can be found at www.bottle-market.de.


Whisky has been distilled in Germany for less than forty years, which may also bear this name. Meanwhile, the Association of German Whisky Burners, founded in 2012, has almost 50 members who burn in a small, artisanal style, but with all the greater passion for “liquid sunlight” (George Bernhard Shaw). At the “German Whisky Point” you can get to know the oldest German malt distillery (the “Blue Mouse” from Eggolsheim in Upper Franconia) and, for example, talk to the Brenner family Henrich from the “Taunus Highlands”, whose characterful Gilors whiskies have already received several awards. At a “tasting battle” (Sunevening, 3.30 p.m.), the audience decides whether whisky from Swabia can hold its own against the oldest Taiwanese private distillery.

Almost forty years ago, a handful of whisky enthusiasts founded the Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) in Edinburgh. Your mission: Pure enjoyment. The special thing: The club, which now includes whisky lovers from 25 states on five continents, secures extraordinary single-ask whiskies and distributes them with mysterious fantasy names such as “Liquid Midnight” or “Sculpture Garden”, so that no well-known distillery name influences sensual pleasure. SMWS brand ambassador Thom Glass will be at the “After Hour” (Sunday, 21. November, 3 p.m.) chat from the sewing box of the world’s largest independent bottler of single-casscotch.

London Dry, New Western Style, Barrel Aged, Distilled or Sloe: If you want to learn more about the differences and the specific manufacturing processes, all you have to do is go to the GINsel with more than 100 gins from ten countries. Kerstin and Olaf Hellhammer, among others, have set themselves the task of convincing those who have always thought that they do not like gin. Spring water, selected botanicals from the region and a lot of love for gin are the ingredients of Hellhammer’s juniper schnapps, which are basically filled as small batches of a maximum of 300 liters (hand). The trademark of the Hellhammers is the chameleon, because their gins are also true metamorphosis artists in conjunction with various tonics.

We are very pleased that Julia Nourney is on site at BOTTLE MARKET despite her tightly timed schedule: She is in international demand as an independent spirit consultant, author and juror and is constantly on the road in distilleries around the world. She will not mince words in her two tastings when it comes to distinguishing trendy appearances from qualitative being. In any case, really good gin is available for tasting at the Ginothek. Julia Nourney and her son Felix will advise visitors on the selection and provide tips on the best tonics and garnishes. They certainly also explain why a worldwide new love for the good old juniper brandy has suddenly erupted in recent years.

The love of the North Germans for rum (or rhum) in their tea, grog or Pharisee, on the other hand, is so old and faithful that the sugar cane brandy from the South Seas can definitely be considered naturalized. At BOTTLE MARKET, bottlings of all possible and impossible provenances present themselves – a good opportunity to get to the bottom of cultural and commercial history. Bremen love is only a few weeks young, but its roots go back a long way: In the year of the 100th anniversary of the company, Tim Kalbhenn from the renowned Bremen spirits dealer family launched a house rum, as father and grandfather did before him. The bottle with the nostalgic-coquette label contains a rum from Venezuela that was allowed to mature in a sherry barrel for five years. And in fact, real Bremen rum has been produced for some time. Birgitta Schulze van Loon, who has been producing “Piekfeine Brände” in the overseas city for ten years, calls her rum “Alma Norte” – the “Soul of the North” – and obtains selected sugar cane molasses from Central America. Since the raw material sugar cane does not grow in Europe, it has so far mostly been domestically blended or blinded imported goods from overseas when talking about German rum. That’s exactly what we wanted to change, says the Bremen distiller.

Last but not least: For the exclusive BOTTLE MARKET annual edition 2021, a ten-year-old tomato and a nine-year-old Benrinnes were selected. Samples of the strictly limited festival bottlings can be found at the stands of the Scotch Club Bremen and the Highland Games Bremen. Pastry chef Nick van Heyningen has transformed the two Scottish single-casse whiskies into irresistible chocolate creations.


BOTTLE MARKET opening hours:


Friday 4-9 pm, Saturday 11 am to 8 pm, Sunday 12 pm to 6 pm. The “3 G rules” (complete vaccination, recovery or daily negative test) as well as a mask and distance recommendation apply to admission.










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