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August 2016

Mentzendorff Kummel wins at IWSC awards

Yet another cause for celebration this month, as Mentzendorff Kummel swipes “Silver Outstanding” at the 2016 IWSC Awards in the liqueur category.

Mentzendorff Kummel “Silver Outstanding” IWSC medal

Mentzendorff Kummel wins award

The caraway flavoured liqueur carries the name of our founder, Ludwig Mentzendorff, who brought Mentzendorff Kummel to London from the remote village of Allash, near the Latvian Port of Riga, in the 1850’s. Today Mentzendorff Kummel is distilled by Combier Distillery in the Loire Valley, in their world famous stills designed by Gustave Eiffel, and is still made using the original recipe developed by the Baron Von Blanckenhagen.

Rather than adding caraway aromas to a spirit base, Mentzendorff Kummel is actually distilled from the caraway seeds themselves. The resulting liqueur has a powerful nose, with lifted aromas of aniseed, cumin and hints of orange zest. The palate delivers balanced flavours of caraway, white pepper and liquorice.

Ludwig Mentzendorff

Ludwig Mentzendorf

Best served cold, Mentzendorff Kummel has become a favourite with golfers who offer post-round doses of ‘putting mixture’, and with bartenders seeking alternative ingredients for experimental cocktails. Indeed a “Silver Bullet”, a blend of gin, kummel and lemon juice, is alleged to be Prince Philip’s favourite – we’re sure Ludwig would approve!


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