The patron of the pálinka competition is Dr László Kövér, the President of the Hungarian Parliament.
A record number of entering arrived at the Quintessence (VIII) Pálinka Competition organized by the Cultural Association of Onga. 1318 pálinkas have never been entered so far to any kind of pálinka and distillate competition in Hungary. (An earlier absolute record was last year at the Quintessence Pálinka Competition with a number of 1132 entered pálinkas.)
Beside the great number of enetered pálinkas another record is that 433 commercial distilleries entered pálinkas and distillates and all above these the samples are not only from Hungary but also from Romania, Ukraine, Slovakia, Germany, Poland, Turkey and China. The samples are from 264 competitors from 151 settlements.The pálinkas and distillates were jurried 12-13 January Onga.
During the two days work of the jury from the team of 28 membered international jury at least 6 professionals evaluated the samples, but sometimes 10 of the jury told their opinion.The papers of the jury were filled in by the help of a software programme made by the Cultural Association itself. If there was no consense or over 14 points more than 3 points were the difference among the opinion then automatically a new jury or the so called top jury examined the samples. Finally the jury completed a form with the help of a computer programme according to a consensed opinion.The points of the medals are the following: golden with points of 18-20, silver with points of 16-17 and bronze with points of 14-15.
According to the decision of the jury golden diplome is going to be given to 195, silver is going to be given to 349 and bronze diplome is going to be given to 400 pálinkas and distillates. 33 champion awards are going to be given for the commercially available pálinkas and distillates, while among the private and wage distillaries 31 category winners are going to be awarded. The number of commercial jurried samples were 433, the number of pálinkas and distillates by wage distillers was 552 and the number of samples by private distillers was 333.
The public awarded pálinkas are going to be chosen by the community jury from the champion ones from 6 p.m. 20 January at the Hotel Palace in Lillafüred. The ceremony is going to be opened by Bence Tuzson, the parliamentary secretary of governmental communication of the Prime Ministerial Cabinet. The ceremonial announcement of the results for commercial products is going to be held 20 January while the ceremonial announcement of the results of private and wage distilled products is going to be 21 January at Hotel Palace in Lillafüred. The ceremony is closed both days with a gala and ball.