SAKi nominated for Distiller of the Year
SAKi the ultra premium vodka saké spirit brand from the United
Kingdom has this been nominated as ‘Distiller of the Year’
in the 2005 Wine Star Awards, the prestigious industry competition hosted
by the USA trade title the ‘Wine Enthusiast Magazine Wine’.
Enthusiast Magazine's staff selected the nominees, based on outstanding
contributions to the world of wine and spirits, with particular emphasis
on achievements in the year 2005.
Other nominees in the ‘Distiller
of the Year’ category: Tanqueray, Johnnie Walker, Appleton Estate,
Anthony Foster MW, Managing
Director of WOKKA SAKi commented, ‘This is wonderful news and heralds
what is turning out to be a phenomenal year for the launch of our unique
Tim Day Marketing Director
of WOKKA SAKi added ‘We are immensely flattered to be nominated
for this award, especially being among such formidable international brands’.
The nominees will appear in
the November 1 issue of the magazine, to be released in early October.
The winners for this year, in each category, will be announced in mid-November.
Profiles of all the award recipients will appear in the December 15 awards
issue, on newsstands November 22.
WOKKA SAKi 40% ABV is a blend
of micro distilled British grain vodka, fine Japanese sake (80:20), and
a subtle essence of Asian fruit.
- east meets west - sake meets vodka
WOKKA SAKi represents the fusion of two cultures, inspired by the awesome
beauty of legendary Snow Monsters in the landscape, found around Japan's
Asahi Mountains between January and March.
A rare process of three-step micro distillation in a single, small 400
litre stainless steel pot still known as 'Tom Thumb', ensures the wheat
grain vodka in WOKKA SAKi is exceptionally smooth. Fine imported Japanese
honjozo-shu sake is then carefully blended with the vodka and a subtle
fusion of Asian fruit is added that harnesses the character of WOKKA SAKi
and gives it its distinctive flavour. This labour intensive process of
single batch distillation and manual blending is reserved for only the
finest and most expensive spirits. Production takes place at the 200 year
old Thames Distillery in London under the expertise of master distiller,
WOKKA SAKi has excelled at the San Francisco International Spirits competition
for three consecutive years. It won Double Gold in 2003, Gold in 2004,
and now Double Gold in 2005. In blind tasting, it was judged by a panel
of 21 spirits experts including leading buyers and editors. The brand
was awarded the highest accolade of Double Gold, winning the flavoured
vodka category, surpassing 55 other international brands
is an unrivalled run of results in this prestigious competition, which
is considered to be the most comprehensive and highly regarded in the
Each year between January and March, powerful winds from the Siberian
plains whip the surface of the Sea of Japan, becoming heavy with freezing
vapour before hitting the Japanese coast and rising high over the Asahi
mountains. Standing in their path, giant conifers on the slopes of Mount
Zao become coated with layer upon layer of snow and ice, until their shapes
are eventually obscured and distorted. These petrified giants seem to
stalk the valleys and are known as 'snow monsters' or 'Juhyo'. Their awesome
beauty is celebrated at Mount Zao's annual Snow Monster festival.
WOKKA SAKi is personified by
the creation of the Snow Monsters: The western wind (represented by vodka),
the eastern environment (sake) and the dramatic, beautiful and unique
outcome - WOKKA SAKi.
The brand was launched in the US in 2005, first in Florida and then Chicago.
WOKKA SAKi was listed in 960 venues within four weeks.
Pundole - Bar manager of The Shore Club, South Beach, Florida: “The
perfect fusion between sake and a spirit. Versatile, interesting, and
Kelin, manager of The Delano Hotel South Beach: “…
very unique in that it is elegant, urbane, and stylish all at one time
… just like our guests.”
SAKi launched 1st September with Harrods as part of their six week ‘Truly
British’ campaign and also in selected on premise locations in London.
Sheikh – Food & Beverage Manager The Lanesborough Hotel, London:
“Finally, an inspiring drink worth talking about - with
the market flooded with a plethora of vodkas and dare I say, wannabe Vodkas,
Wokka Saki is definitely one that stands out - daring to be different"
Moradin – Bar Manager The Dorchester Hotel, London: “A
wonderful product, very clean and very smooth”
D’Urso – Bar Manager Hakkasan, London: “Wokka
Saki is a refined eclectic spirit with an elegant body and soft finish;
pleasant to drink neat or on ice, I am fascinated by its complexity.”
Birtwistle, Bar Manager of Zuma restaurant, London: "An
exceptional blend of two very different products and cultures. Inspired
in both flavour and design, WOKKA SAKi should prove to be a timeless creation!"
SAKi is a brand owned by Extreme Spirits Ltd (www.wokkasaki.com)
For trade enquiries please
USA Importer, Pasternak Wine
Imports: 1 800 946 3110
UK Distributor, Cellar Trends Ltd: 01283 217703
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