Organized since 2008 the Global Spirits Masters competition has awarded Lignell & Piispanen Crafted Summer Ruby Grapefruit liqueur with Master medal in fruit liqueur category.
The Spirits Business hosts The Liqueur Masters competition in a drive to find and reward the finest Craft Spirits brands on the world stage. Chaired by The Spirits Business and assessed by a panel of leading spirits specialists from different fields of expertise, the spirits were judged in a blind tasting to discover the Liqueur Masters of 2019. Excellence is recognized by category with Silver, Gold and Master medals.
The spirits were judged by the appearance, flavor, mouthfeel, and balance. The judges described Lignell & Piispanen Crafted Summer Ruby Grapefruit as a perfectly balanced liqueur that is celebrated for its “well‐made tart character”, and was one of the few they tried that tasted identical to its fruit.
“We have had great success lately. First, the nomination on the Vodka Producer 2019 shortlist by the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC ), and now Master medal for Crafted Summer Ruby Grapefruit liqueur in Spirits Masters competition. Ruby is a modern type of liqueur as it is relatively low in sugar and has innovative flavors. Its refined taste comes from pink grapefruit, bitters, herbs and a dash of gin. Ruby has been well received in Finland and it has been a good seller, so we had our hopes high it to be successful in this competition, but still, we were taken by surprise with the master’s medal. ” says Kirsi Räikkönen, the new managing director of Lignell & Piispanen.
Master winners are subsequently judged for the overall title of Liqueur Taste Master 2019.“Last year Ruby’s sister Crafted Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur took Gold and now Ruby got Master. To win the Grand Master would be a dream come true and truly the best Christmas present for us” says Räikkönen.
Kirsi Räikkönen, CEO
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Founded in 1852, the Lignell & Piispanen distillery is the third oldest family-owned company still in operation in Finland. The success of this internationally award-winning company is based on six generations of craftsmanship, knowledge of raw materials, 100% transparency and respect for the principles of sustainable development.