Deutsche Spirituosen Manufaktur

Premium Spirits from Berlin

DSM is a German spirit manufacturer developing and producing premium small-batch and wholly handmade spirits. Every production stage is performed by hand, from the preparation of the raw ingredients through to maceration, mashing, careful distillation and packing.

With all this happening in our distinguished brick-building warehouse and showroom, located right in the buzzing centre of Berlin, our “Made in Berlin” label isn’t just some passing phrase: it’s a promise.

Our passion for developing completely new recipes and for the craft of distilling means we systematically pursue our goal of creating outstanding spirits – unique, innovative products with uncompromising quality.

Quality doesn’t happen by chance; it requires careful planning. It starts with the selection of handpicked, high-quality natural raw materials. During the distillation process in the best available copper stills, we pay particular attention to the careful separation of the first and last runnings. And, of course, we never add artificial flavours or sugar. From product storage and maturation through to quality control, our production methods create the conditions for meeting our aspiration.

Our exceptional distillates are guaranteed to provide moments of pleasure that recall past taste sensations while also discovering new ones. Lovers and connoisseurs of premium spirits will find our unique eaux-de-vie and spirits open up a whole new world of tastes and aromas. We want to completely redefine the concept of “premium” – nothing more, nothing less.

We want our products to open up a whole new world of taste sensations and exceptional moments of pleasure.

Team

The people behind the scenes

Tim

The Managing Director of DSM is a business administration graduate with an MBA. In 2013, he attended the Cape Wine Academy in Cape Town, South Africa. Tim was also a photographer and film maker for over ten years, during which time he shot campaigns for major global brands.

Dorina

Our buyer, who only sources the best raw materials, knows all our suppliers and is also our MacGyver. Dorina is responsible for coordination and oversees manufacturing. She’s always on the go.

Konrad

Our pharmacist, who has a PhD in Natural Sciences, seeks out hand-picked raw materials for our unique spirits, both locally and worldwide, and is responsible for developing new recipes and for quality assurance.

Julia

Our brand ambassador has outstanding communication skills and is a travelling social media influencer who knows the Berlin bar scene inside out.

Norbert

Our Master Distiller is devoted to his craft and is extremely passionate about it. He loves combining the centuries-old tradition of distilling with the opportunity to try out novel recipes in small batches.

We perfect what has been tried and tested – but above all, we develop unique and original spirits. We view ourselves as pioneers with innovative products who are revolutionising the premium spirits market.

100% natural, high-quality raw materials

Our enthusiasm for the craft of perfect distilling and unique, innovative products starts with the raw materials. Hand-picked, high-quality, natural ingredients form the foundation of our premium spirits. We source these ingredients from traditional farms in the region, other parts of Germany and all over the world.

Whether it’s cucumbers from Germany, roasted mate leaves from Brazil or hazelnuts from Piedmont: the farms often have organic certification and some even have the Demeter seal. Smaller agricultural holdings are sometimes unable to afford certification, or it is not possible because, although they do not use pesticides, yields would be too low without using fertiliser. Our close cooperation with suppliers, regular contacts and site visits enable us to ensure all the raw materials meet our demanding quality standards.

DSM supplies authentic, 100% pure products. Our spirits and eaux-de-vie only contain what is stated on the bottle and are free from added sugar or artificial flavours.

We’ve conducted more than 500 test runs over the past three years. Our pharmacist monitors the development of entirely new recipes and ensures meticulous quality control during manufacturing.

Our Products

Our products are supplied in luxurious packaging and are 100% handmade from high-quality natural raw materials. Each bottle is individually labelled and hand-signed to reflect the fact that it is an exclusive vintage product and limited edition. Four different versions are available:

Classic Apothecary Bottle (350 ml, 42% vol)

Our elegant, classic (350 ml, 42% vol) is a tall, slim apothecary bottle with a timeless design and a sturdy glass bottom. The long neck has an elegant mouth and is securely sealed with a cork of the highest quality. Perfect for stocking your drinks cabinet or as a classy gift.

Small Apothecary Bottle (50 ml, 42% vol)

Our second bottle (50 ml, 42% vol) is a classic small apothecary bottle with a perfectly matching ground glass stopper. The ideal showcase for the hand-picked ingredients, carefully selected recipes and gently distilled spirits. Ideal for building your own library of flavours. Enjoy our spirits and eaux-de-vie drunk neat or create exciting sensory experiences by giving that special touch to dishes, desserts or cocktails.

Spray Bottle (50 ml, 42% vol)

Our spray bottle (50 ml, 50% vol.) will start a trend among gourmets and connoisseurs. Use our distillates in bars, kitchens or restaurants to delight your guests with exceptional moments of indulgence. Can be used for cooking, baking or mixing. Our spray bottle is practical and versatile. Perfume cocktails or drizzle over desserts – give free rein to your imagination and create completely new taste sensations.

21 x 5 ml Leather Tastingkit

For those of a particularly curious disposition, our handcrafted fine suede wallet is designed to hold 21 different spirits and eaux-de-vie, available for you to select from our 5 ml trial-size portfolio. 21 taste sensations with exceptional essences, so you can experience exquisite natural aromas – captured by gently distilling high-quality, hand-picked raw materials.

If you particularly enjoy tasting our products in this way and want to be the first to discover our new creations over the coming season, you’re more than welcome to join the DSM Club! As a member, each year you’ll receive a new selection of sample bottles to restock your suede wallet.

It would be presumptuous of us to tell mixologists, chefs and consumers how to use our different products. Our aim is to provide inspiration for creative talent in kitchens and bars.

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All prices incl 19 % VAT. Free Shipping within Germany – minium purchase 49,00 €- Delivery time around 3-5 working days.

  • No. 100 Sicilian Citron

    16,50 79,00 

    225,71 390,00  / l

    No. 100 Sicilian Citron

    16,50 79,00 

    {Citrus medica}
    Geist

    Alongside the pomelo and the mandarin, the citron is one of the three original citrus fruits. All other species in the genus citrus that we know today came about through hybridisation of these initial three. The citron started its journey from Asia to the Middle East back in the 4th century BC, in the wake of Alexander the Great’s campaigns. Jewish migrants then brought them to Sicily, amongst other places. Able to grow as large as a volleyball, the plant’s fruit has an odd bumpy surface. Due to the fruit’s thick pith, it does not produce a lot of juice. Instead, it is used as the main source of succade (candied peel), which is often used in stollen for example. The fruit has significance in rituals in Judaism, where it is called an “etrog”, as well as in Buddhism, where the fingered citron variety known as “Buddha’s Hand” is used as an offering on altars. We were fascinated by the idea of using this historical, original citrus variety to distil a spirit for possibly the first time. Our supplier provided us with a small batch of citrons – still with some leaves, twigs and long spines from the plants – from which we were able to create something wonderfully tantalising, with captivating and refreshing citrus notes.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 69,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 197,14 €/l)
    Spray Bottle 19,50 € (50 ml, 50 % vol – 390,00 €/l)
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  • No. 105 Mallorcan Verna Lemon

    16,50 69,00 

    197,14 390,00  / l

    No. 105 Mallorcan Verna Lemon

    16,50 69,00 

    {Citrus x limon ‘Verna’}

    When some friends invited us to attend their wedding near Sóller in Majorca, we discovered the Serra de Tramuntana for the first time and loved it. Particularly memorable were the incredibly aromatic lemons, which made fantastic jam. We knew right away that we had to have this fruit to create an equally aromatic spirit. Our supplier sources the widely grown Verna lemons from small, organic producers, who do not use any artificial treatments on the fruit during ripening or after the harvest. The main flavour carrier of our spirit is the key aroma of the lemon, citral (mixed isomers of the aldehydes geranial and neral). The main ingredients in terms of quantity are limonene, β-pinene and γ-terpinene. Genetically speaking, the different lemon types are hybrids of the bitter orange and the citron. With its clear, pure and vibrant lemony notes, this spirit is the perfect accompaniment wherever lemons or their juice are added: to fish dishes, summer salads, dressings, Mediterranean dishes and sour cocktails. It just enhances the lemony taste of the cocktails, as the lemon’s acidity is non-volatile, and our lemon spirit, therefore, isn’t sour.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 69,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 197,14 €/l)
    Spray Bottle 19,50 € (50 ml, 50 % vol – 390,00 €/l)
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  • No. 110 Sicilian Orange

    16,50 69,00 

    197,14 390,00  / l

    No. 110 Sicilian Orange

    16,50 69,00 

    {Citrus x sinensis}

    The orange is a hybrid (indicated by the “x” in the Latin name) of a mandarin and a pomelo. It originally came from Southeast Asia – the North German name Apfelsine means “apple from China” – and was likely introduced to Sicily by the Arabs. The balance between the juice aroma and essential oil from the orange peel is a crucial element of this fruity, refreshing spirit. This is why it’s so time-consuming to produce: as with most other citrus fruits, the juice is pressed after the orange zest has been finely peeled. This is done because both ingredients contribute quite different flavours to the bouquet and taste experience. Limonene is the dominant note in the peel oil, while fresh orange juice contains more than 200 components, with esters, aldehydes and terpene hydrocarbons dominating the overall aroma. When blended, they make this orange spirit something unique and unforgettable, whether you drink it neat or mixed, or eat it drizzled over ice cream as a dessert.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 69,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 197,14 €/l)
    Spray Bottle 19,50 € (50 ml, 50 % vol – 390,00 €/l)
    Preise inkl. 19 % MwSt.

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  • No 115 Sicilian Vanilla Orange

    16,50 69,00 

    197,14 390,00  / l

    No 115 Sicilian Vanilla Orange

    16,50 69,00 

    {Citrus x sinensis ‘Vaniglia’}

    This orange variety produced by natural crossing is very low in acidity and tastes much sweeter than ordinary oranges. The low acidity also makes it suitable for people with a sensitive stomach, and children love it. The aromatic flesh is tender and juicy and is therefore also ideal for squeezing. The pronounced vanilla aroma documented during sensory profile analyses is the reason we selected this variety as the basis for a spirit. Even though the distinctive aroma is rather subtle, this spirit has quite a different smell and taste from its equivalent obtained from a classic orange. We highly recommend drinking it neat at room temperature. It can be enjoyed at any time of the year. However, it goes really well in a cocktail too, with a dash of champagne, for example.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l)
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 69,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 197,14 €/l)
    Spray Bottle 19,50 € (50 ml, 50 % vol – 390,00 €/l)
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  • No. 120 Mallorcan Canoneta Orange

    16,50 69,00 

    197,14 390,00  / l

    No. 120 Mallorcan Canoneta Orange

    16,50 69,00 

    {Citrus x sinensis ‘Canoneta’}

    The old Canoneta orange variety is an indigenous species that originates from its current location in the Sóller valley on Mallorca and is only found there. Named after its breeder – the village doctor Metge Canonet – the so-called mother of all Sóller oranges, is usually harvested in March and April. It doesn’t look especially appealing, which is why it didn’t sell very well. The recent return to older, local varieties is the reason for the increased interest in cultivating Canoneta again. We were impressed by their “inner qualities”, especially the sweet juice, which has a slightly sour note, and the aromatic peel. So, to create this spirit, we preserved a batch of the freshest produce from a small family-run orange plantation.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 69,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 197,14 €/l)
    Spray Bottle 19,50 € (50 ml, 50 % vol – 390,00 €/l)
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  • No. 125 Sicilian Tarocco Blood Orange

    16,50 69,00 

    197,14 390,00  / l

    No. 125 Sicilian Tarocco Blood Orange

    16,50 69,00 

    {Citrus x sinensis ‘Tarocco’}

    The small town of Ribera on the southern coast of Sicily stands on a plateau between the Magazzolo and Verdura valleys. The soil in this area is extremely rich in nutrients, and the climate is ideal for growing citrus fruit. “Arancia Rossa di Sicilia“ is an EU-protected designation of origin for Sicilian blood oranges originating from here. There are different varieties, such as Sanguinelle, Moro and also our Tarocco. With its well-balanced sugar-acid ratio, the Tarocco is one of the most popular Sicilian blood oranges. Important aromatic compounds in the juice are short- to medium-chain aldehydes and various esters. The peel produces an essential oil with limonene as the main ingredient. The juice and oil composition differ according to the variety and ripeness, which means the taste of the distillates also varies. When gently swished around the mouth, our spirit made from Tarocco blood oranges leaves a pleasant aftertaste – reminiscent of the freshest, most aromatic blood oranges – that can be relished for several minutes. It is best enjoyed neat and at room temperature. Experienced bartenders will also be very enthusiastic about using this spirit in new, refreshing cocktails. Last but not least, a hint of this spirit adds the crowning glory to desserts, ice cream or cheesecake.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 69,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 197,14 €/l)
    Spray Bottle 19,50 € (50 ml, 50 % vol – 390,00 €/l)
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  • No. 130 Mallorcan Blood Orange

    16,50 69,00 

    197,14 390,00  / l

    No. 130 Mallorcan Blood Orange

    16,50 69,00 

    {Citrus x sinensis ‘Blood Orange’}

    As every child knows, blood oranges obviously have nothing to do with blood, other than the dark red colour of the flesh and sometimes also the peel, but this colour only occurs when the night temperatures drop below 10°C. Blood oranges are the result of a mutation centuries ago. Unfortunately, as the dyes are non-volatile, none of the beautiful colour of the fruit is transferred to our spirit during distillation. However, what are volatile are the key aromas such as limonene, the aldehydes hexanal, octanal, decanal (i.e. with 6, 8 and 10 carbon atoms) and -sinensal with its citrus fresh, sweetish smell, and octyl acetate and neryl acetate. The latter has a sweet, flowery smell reminiscent of oranges and roses. These are what give our spirit the typical blood orange taste. Just listing these wonderful aromas makes one imagine melting it on the tongue or enchanting your guests by drizzling it over delicious vanilla ice cream.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 69,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 197,14 €/l)
    Spray Bottle 19,50 € (50 ml, 50 % vol – 390,00 €/l)
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  • No. 135 Mallorcan Bitter Orange

    16,50 69,00 

    197,14 390,00  / l

    No. 135 Mallorcan Bitter Orange

    16,50 69,00 

    {Citrus x aurantium}

    You have to be a bit crazy to produce a spirit from a small wrinkled citrus fruit, which is normally only used to make candied orange peel and English bitter orange marmalade. But nothing ventured, nothing gained! As is well-known, the bitter orange is a hybrid of a pomelo and a mandarin. As with parents and children, it gets its spicy-bitter taste from one side while the other contributes the mandarin-like fragrance that gives this spirit its unique character. Limonene is the main component of the essential oil. The characteristic bouquet is due to substances that only occur in small quantities, such as the aldehydes citral, nonanal, decanal and dodecanal, and the esters linalyl acetate, geranyl acetate, citronellyl acetate, decyl pelargonate and anthranilic acid methyl ester. The bitter orange was introduced to Mallorca by the Arabs along with other citrus fruits in the 10-12th centuries. Up until the mid-18th century, the small bitter orange tree was used for grafting but was later banned because of a viral disease. That’s why nowadays, you will still find trees with sweet oranges on some branches and bitter oranges on others. In its dried form, the bitter orange peel has even made it into the European Pharmacopoeia, where its quality is controlled for use in treating loss of appetite and digestive problems. The effect is mainly due to the bitter substances contained in the peel, which stimulate the secretion of digestive enzymes.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 69,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 197,14 €/l)
    Spray Bottle 19,50 € (50 ml, 50 % vol – 390,00 €/l)
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  • No. 140 Sicilian Grapefruit

    16,50 69,00 

    197,14 390,00  / l

    No. 140 Sicilian Grapefruit

    16,50 69,00 

    {Citrus x paradisi}

    The aroma of the red-fleshed grapefruit, picked from the tree just a week earlier, which we processed into our grapefruit spirit, was absolutely amazing. We had never encountered such highly aromatic fruit. So, we weren’t surprised that we were able to use it to manufacture a product with an unusually intense smell and taste. The main ingredient of grapefruit oil in terms of quantity is limonene. However, the typical grapefruit smell is due to (+)-nootkatone, a bicyclic sesquiterpene with an odour threshold of 0.001 ppm. This means we can detect the scent of a single nootkatone molecule in a billion air molecules. But the juice is also a significant contributor to the aroma, mainly with thiols, aldehydes, ketones and esters, but not bitter substances, which fortunately remain in the stillage during distillation. The grapefruit is a hybrid of an orange and a pomelo. It shouldn’t be equated with the latter, as they are completely different fruits.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 69,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 197,14 €/l)
    Spray Bottle 19,50 € (50 ml, 50 % vol – 390,00 €/l)
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  • No. 145 Sicilian Mandarin

    16,50 79,00 

    225,71 390,00  / l

    No. 145 Sicilian Mandarin

    16,50 79,00 

    {Citrus reticulata}

    There’s a simple reason why we don’t use the pith – the white layer of the citrus fruit immediately below the oil cells: It is of no value to our spirits because it does not contain any volatile flavouring substances. It consists mainly of pectin, a constituent of gelling agents. When ripe, mandarin pith is broken down into a network of fibres, referred to in Latin as “reticulata”, i.e. “netlike”. The pith breakdown in ripe mandarins is the reason they are so easy to peel. However, for us, they mean a lot of work because we go to the trouble of using a knife to scrape away the pith inside every single peel. But this has paid off because we’ve succeeded in producing a unique and particularly pure mandarin spirit. The aroma of the mandarin spirit is determined by the cyclic monoterpenes limonene and -terpinene, and only very small quantities of N-methyl anthranilic acid methyl ester, which give it its characteristic bouquet. A spirit that can be drunk neat at any time, which immediately makes one dream of summery-southern climes.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 79,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 225,71 €/l)
    Spray Bottle 19,50 € (50 ml, 50 % vol – 390,00 €/l)
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  • No. 160 German Korona Strawberry

    16,50 79,00 

    225,71 390,00  / l

    No. 160 German Korona Strawberry

    16,50 79,00 

    {Fragaria x ananassa ‘Korona’}

    The unmistakably strong strawberry aroma of this ancient and popular variety compares extremely favourably with the newer varieties, which is why we selected it for this eau-de-vie. The Korona is a very high-yield, semi-early variety, which flowers shortly after the end of the winter and is therefore somewhat sensitive to late frosts. Fortunately, this was not an issue in 2018, due to the warm spring temperatures. This meant the big, juicy-sweet fruit of the Korona strawberry were able to ripen fully for our eau-de-vie produced by maceration and distillation. In June 2018, in accordance with the relevant rules, we extracted five parts of the fruit that was specially harvested for us at a Demeter farm near Berlin with one part alcohol. We then carefully distilled this macerate to release the full effect of the strawberry aroma on the nose and the palate. Perfect for those who like drinking it neat or to add that special touch to desserts and cocktails. Connoisseurs probably don’t find it important to know that the main flavour component responsible for the great taste of this eau-de-vie – along with more than 300 other substances – is something with a complicated-sounding name: 2,5-dimethyl-4-hydroxy-2H-furan-3-one (furaneol for short).

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 79,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 225,71 €/l)
    Spray Bottle 19,50 € (50 ml, 50 % vol – 390,00 €/l)
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  • No. 165 German Tulameen Raspberry

    16,50 79,00 

    225,71 390,00  / l

    No. 165 German Tulameen Raspberry

    16,50 79,00 

    {Rubus idaeus ‘Tulameen’}

    Even though the name suggests otherwise, the raspberry is not a berry! Some of you may recall the cumbersome term “aggregation of drupes” from biology lessons. This tells us that the raspberry is made up of many small stone fruits formed of individual carpels. There are countless varieties of raspberry with red, yellow and black fruiting bodies, which can be divided into summer and autumn raspberries. The former includes our Tulameen, a variety obtained in 1980 in Vancouver, Canada by crossing Nootka and Glen Prosen. We’ve chosen it because it is very aromatic and tastes delicious. The large, sweet, attractive fruits were harvested when particularly fresh towards the end of June 2018 by a farmer in Southern Germany in sufficient quantities for us to manufacture an eau-de-vie by maceration and distillation. We mixed five parts fruit with one part alcohol and, after the end of the maceration period, carefully distilled it to capture the full force of the rheosmin or raspberry ketone in our eau-de-vie. But it would be wrong to think that only one substance is responsible for the bombastic flavours of this spirit. Raspberry ketone may dominate, but it is just one of more than 200 substances that contribute to the flavour. Taste this classic drink neat, with dessert or in a sophisticated cocktail mix.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 79,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 225,71 €/l)
    Spray Bottle 19,50 € (50 ml, 50 % vol – 390,00 €/l)
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  • No. 175 German Strasberry

    16,50 69,00 

    197,14 390,00  / l

    No. 175 German Strasberry

    16,50 69,00 

    {Fragaria x ananassa ‘Mieze Schindler’}

    “People often ask us: “What is it, a raspberry or strawberry?” The answer is unequivocal, because, from a botanical point of view, it is a variety of the strawberry. The Latin suffix ‘Mieze Schindler’ refers to the wife of the director of the State Institute for Horticulture in Dresden, Professor Otto Schindler, who bred the variety from two other varieties almost a century ago. At first glance, it looks very similar to a raspberry and is probably the most aromatic strawberry variety with a distinctive wild strawberry aroma. Cultivating the strasberry calls for a degree of enthusiasm on the part of our Southern German strawberry farmer. This is because the variety is regarded as not very productive and the fruit is not particularly storable. Also, as it only forms female flowers, it has to be planted in between other varieties to ensure pollination. The particularly intense aroma is well worth the effort, however. The strasberries were harvested for us at peak ripeness and immediately deep frozen to preserve the flavours until maceration. From a botanical point of view, the strawberry is not a berry but an aggregate accessory fruit, i.e. the tasty red part of the strawberry is a false fruit because the actual fruits are the small nuts on the surface. But there’s nothing false about our spirit. It’s an exceptionally intense, aromatic strawberry spirit with the very special wild strawberry aromas of the ‘Mieze Schindler’ and therefore we recommend drinking it neat, or for use in the kitchen or bars.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 69,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 197,14 €/l)
    Spray Bottle 19,50 € (50 ml, 50 % vol – 390,00 €/l)
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  • No. 180 German Blackcurrant

    16,50 79,00 

    225,71 390,00  / l

    No. 180 German Blackcurrant

    16,50 79,00 

    {Ribes nigrum}

    In contrast to strawberries and raspberries, the blackcurrant is a berry in the botanical sense, i.e. an indehiscent fruit formed from an ovary, with an outer skin that remains fleshy when ripe. Its German name ‘Johannisbeere’ reflects the fact that the fruit ripens around the 24th of June, the feast day of St John the Baptist. At that time, the berries are plump and spherical with a dark blue to inky violet colour because of the high anthocyanin content in the skin. This colour is also characteristic of the famous French liqueur Crème de cassis. Rather than a sweet, colourful variety, we’ve opted for a fruity, clear variety with a fantastic aroma. We used perfectly ripened fruit from our southern German farmer to extract an eau-de-vie (by maceration and distillation), i.e. using five parts blackcurrants to one part alcohol. During the slow distillation, the flavouring substances are over-distilled with the alcohol, in particular 4-methoxy-2-methyl-2-butane thiol, a substance to which the human nose is particularly sensitive. Its pleasant, desirable smell of blackcurrants can be detected in very low quantities; however, in higher concentrations, our receptors suddenly start detecting unpleasant notes. There are definitely none of these in our eau-de-vie. On the contrary, it has compelling aromas that are typical of the fruit, which make it ideal for mixing, adding a special touch to desserts or drunk neat for pure pleasure.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 79,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 225,71 €/l)
    Spray Bottle 19,50 € (50 ml, 50 % vol – 390,00 €/l)
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  • No. 250 German Beelitzer Asparagus

    16,50 69,00 

    197,14 390,00  / l

    No. 250 German Beelitzer Asparagus

    16,50 69,00 

    {Asparagus officinalis}

    Local sourcing of fresh fruit and vegetables is in. If you want to manufacture high-quality spirits, the raw materials must be of the highest quality, harvested when perfectly ripe, and processed as quickly as possible. Because a spirit can only be as good as the raw materials it’s made from. In the case of asparagus, the issue of origin was quickly resolved: when you have such famous and delicious asparagus right on your doorstep, you have to grab it. A small asparagus producer from the town of Beelitz close to Berlin told us about a particularly aromatic variety of the noble sprouting vegetable. After washing and crushing it, we macerated it for a while. During the extraction process, the substances which produce the asparagus taste and smell are resolved. These are mainly sulphur-containing substances, such as asparagusic acid and its methyl esters, and 1,2-dithiol in boiled asparagus. Unfortunately, the body converts these sulphur compounds into substances that don’t smell very nice, as any asparagus eater will already have experienced. But this obviously doesn’t prevent one enjoying the delicacy. Although the season is extremely short, our spirit gives asparagus lovers the opportunity to add a touch of asparagus to dishes such as soups, sauces or dressings. And even in bars, our asparagus spirit is used in some cocktails.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 69,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 197,14 €/l)
    Spray Bottle 19,50 € (50 ml, 50 % vol – 390,00 €/l)
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  • No. 255 Reichenau Cucumber

    16,50 69,00 

    197,14 390,00  / l

    No. 255 Reichenau Cucumber

    16,50 69,00 

    {Cucumis sativus}

    Salad cucumber or gherkin? That’s the question! When we’re asked a question like this, we answer it properly. It was obvious that we would produce our cucumber spirit using the famous gherkins from nearby Spreewald. But the blind tastings that form part of our systematic product development ultimately gave preference to the cucumber in terms of smell and taste. Once we’d opted for cucumbers, there was no question that they had to come from the place in Germany where they grow best, and which has a long-standing tradition – the island of Reichenau on Lake Constance. Of organic quality, naturally. Botanically speaking, the cucumber is a fruit (berry with a hard rind), however, the aroma is the reason why it’s treated as a vegetable and used not for desserts but as part of a savoury main course, e.g. as a salad. This is also why it is assigned to the crop group of fruiting vegetables. The aldehydes (E,Z)-2,6-nonadienal and (E)-2-nonenal are responsible for the typical cucumber aroma. They provide the foundation for this truly refreshing spirit, which recalls fresh summer aromas and can be enjoyed at any time of the year, either drunk neat or used for cooking or mixing. Incidentally, the bitter substances often found in cucumbers are mainly triterpene glycosides, so-called cucurbitacins. But don’t worry: these bitter substances are non-volatile and therefore not contained in our spirit.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 69,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 197,14 €/l)
    Spray Bottle 19,50 € (50 ml, 50 % vol – 390,00 €/l)
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  • No. 260 German Robuschka Beetroot

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    No. 260 German Robuschka Beetroot

    16,50 69,00 

    {Beta vulgaris ‘Robuschka’}

    Opinions vary about beetroot, a beet from the Amaranthaceae family: people either love it or hate it. Even aficionados have to admit its earthy and slightly musty smell is special. This is due to geosmin, a bicyclic alcohol, which does not actually come from the beetroot itself, but from certain soil bacteria that are transferred to the beet when it is peeled. However, people who are not fans of beetroot may like the smell of geosmin because it is the reason for the pleasant odour in the atmosphere when it starts raining after a long period of dryness. The human sense of smell is particularly sensitive to geosmin: We can “sniff” a single geosmin molecule among 10 billion air molecules. So, it’s hardly surprising that our spirit made from the beetroot variety Robuschka releases this key aroma. Robuschka has a fruity-sweet taste and was processed organically by us. The resulting spirit embodies the typical aromas of the variety and will assert itself anywhere where the literally down-to-earth beetroot taste is required.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 69,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 197,14 €/l)
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  • No. 265 German Celeriac

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    No. 265 German Celeriac

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    {Apium graveolens var. rapaceum}

    The four sports festivals in ancient Greece in Delphi, Olympia, Isthmia and Nemea – the so-called “crown games”, were held in the years before and after the Olympic Games. The winners at each of the sites received a wreath made from different parts of plants: in Delphi this was the laurel, in Olympia, olive branches, and pine in Isthmia. In Nemea, where, from 573 BC onwards, the games were held every two years in honour of Zeus, the wreath was made from – believe it or not – celery leaves! But celery was not only used for this purpose: Greeks and Romans also used celery as a remedy for various ailments. According to current scientific studies, no medicinal effects can be proven and therefore it cannot be recommended. But there’s nothing against its long-standing use as a culinary herb, much less against a spirit made from organic celeriac. We’re sure the winner of the wreath at the Nemean games would have appreciated this spirit as a prize. Because it has the typical earthy-spicy aromas that make it ideal for use in cooking. But you can also enjoy this spirit neat.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 69,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 197,14 €/l)
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  • No. 270 German Celery

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    No. 270 German Celery

    16,50 69,00 

    {Apium graveolens var. dulce}

    The English word celery was first used in the 17th century, originally starting with an s and later on with a c. It comes from the French céleri, which in turn can be traced back to the ancient Greek term for this plant species: selinon. Celery belongs to the botanical family Apiaceae (Umbelliferae), known for its essential oil content. The second part of the Latin name, “graveolens”, means “strong-smelling”. Several varieties are distinguished within this species, including celery and celeriac. The characteristic sweet, hot-spicy scent of the essential oil is due to approximately 16 different methylphthalides (esp. sedanenolide and 3-butylphthalide), and terpenes such as limonene, -selinene and -selinene. Due to the varying proportions of these essential oil components in the different varieties, we opted for a spirit made from both, celery and celeriac, organic, of course. Because when you compare them, the difference in taste and smell quickly become obvious. Both are equally suitable for use in the kitchen to add flavour to soups, salads and meat dishes, but they can also be enjoyed neat.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 69,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 197,14 €/l)
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  • No. 275 Palatine Fennel

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    No. 275 Palatine Fennel

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    {Foeniculum vulgare}

    There are three fennel varieties: Sweet or spice fennel, bitter or wild fennel, and vegetable fennel. The fruit of the first two is used in the kitchen and also in pharmacy as traditional herbal medicinal products. Sweet and bitter fennel fruits largely contain the same essential oil, which is responsible for the characteristic taste. Only the quantities vary: sweet fennel contains considerably less of the bitter fenchone, which means the main component of the essential oil – the sweetish trans-anethole – is more pronounced. They both also contain estragole. They are both used as herbal medicines for the treatment of coughs, etc. On the contrary, vegetable fennel, which is a stalk vegetable, is only used for cooking. For our spirit, a super fresh tray of great organic vegetable fennel was delivered to us at the craft distillery the day after it was harvested. After extensive processing, we slowly and gently distilled the macerate to obtain a spirit that has incredible fennel and anise notes, which are somewhat subtler than those from the fruit. This distillate is great drunk neat, but also ideal for mixing and adding flavour.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 69,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 197,14 €/l)
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  • No. 325 Chinese Ginger

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    No. 325 Chinese Ginger

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    {Zingiber officinale}

    It’s hardly surprising that a plant part like the ginger rhizome (underground stem) with such an intense taste has been used as a spice since ancient times by Indians and the Chinese, the inhabitants of its probable place of origin. But Zingiberis rhizoma (as the pharmaceutically applied rhizome is called in Latin) is also used for medicinal purposes. These include: promoting digestion and treating loss of appetite and travel sickness (interestingly, it is unlikely to be of much use on boat trips). These effects resulted in the ginger plant being named “Medicinal Plant of the Year 2018″ in Germany. This was largely irrelevant to us. All we were interested in was the characteristic aromatic smell and spicy taste with its earthy notes, which inspired us to create a spirit that has the typical ginger taste but is mild on the palate with a mellow aftertaste. Chinese ginger has an interesting flowery, lemony smell. After several weeks’ research, we managed to obtain a small batch of the best organic ginger from China and used it to create a spirit based on our vision. The predominant taste is ingredients of essential ginger oil, with the components zingiberene, -bisabolene, sesquiphellandrene, ar-curcumene and citral. The latter is responsible, among other things, for the lemony echoes. The pungent components are non-volatile, which is why our ginger spirit does not display the pungency of raw ginger.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 69,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 197,14 €/l)
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  • No. 375 Ethiopian Sidamo Mocha Coffee

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    No. 375 Ethiopian Sidamo Mocha Coffee

    16,50 69,00 

    {Coffea arabica}

    Ethiopia is regarded as the home of coffee. Some 10% of the nearly 100 million Ethiopians earn their livelihood somehow or other by cultivating coffee. This mocha bean, which comes from the region of Sidamo, is roasted by a small coffee roasting company in Bremen and its aqueous extract has been enjoyed by our pharmacist for many years at breakfast every morning. Which is why it was only natural to use this excellent coffee bean as the raw material for our coffee spirit. After a particularly gentle and customised roasting, the beans were cold macerated and then distilled equally gently to capture the fruity to delicately bitter, spicy aromas of the Sidamo mocha bean in our spirit. A special characteristic of Sidamo mocha is its distinctive, slightly perfumy note with a hint of Darjeeling tea. From a chemical point of view, this is due to lots of very different roasting aromas, with 2-furfurylthiol considered the key aroma. All in all, we succeeded in creating a wonderful authentic coffee spirit with a character all its own from the Sidamo mocha. It should be enjoyed neat, though star chefs will be eager to use it in desserts and other dishes. It’s also very popular with bartenders.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 69,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 197,14 €/l)
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  • No. 400 Piedmontese Hazelnut

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    No. 400 Piedmontese Hazelnut

    16,50 79,00 

    {Corylus avellana}

    It wasn’t easy to establish contact with our Piedmontese organic farmer: there was no response to our repeated calls and emails. However, once we translated the emails into Italian, things started to move fast, so it was only the language barrier: he wasn’t able to understand English. Which was lucky: because hazelnuts from this part of northern Italy are the best in the world, as we were able to confirm for ourselves. Following time-consuming and tedious roasting in our craft distillery, maceration and slow distillation, we tasted a pure hazelnut spirit with a truly incomparable aroma, the likes of which we’ve never previously experienced. Hazelnut praliné notes along with subtle roasting aromas and slightly sweetish hints, blended to a slightly buttery-fatty consistency, which is very soft on the palate and finish. And all without any further fining additives or ageing in barrels, which is all too often the case with this product. Because other than the water used to dilute it to drinking strength, no adulterating substances are added to our spirit before or after distillation. The most important flavour component is filbertone (5-methylhept-2-ene-4-one), and one can detect its scent even in the smallest quantities. All we have to say is: cheers! Enjoy it neat, sprinkled over dessert or in a cocktail!

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 79,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 225,71 €/l)
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  • No. 405 Moldovan Walnut

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    No. 405 Moldovan Walnut

    16,50 69,00 

    {Juglans regia}

    Germanic tribes used to call neighbouring peoples with Roman roots “Walhaz”. These were the people who introduced them to the walnut, which they called “Welschnuss” to distinguish it from the domestic hazelnut. This is the origin of the name “walnut”. The walnut tree bears the Latin species epithet “regia” – meaning “royal” – because it is a truly amazing tree. Due to the tannin content, the leaves are used as a traditional herbal remedy in baths and compresses. Green walnut shells are also used to manufacture liqueur and hair dye. The cold-pressed oil from its seeds is used for cooking and in the cosmetics industry, and, last but not least, the delicious walnut kernels are a versatile, healthy foodstuff. Walnut trees flourish in the fertile black earth soils of Moldova, where seemingly endless walnut tree-lined avenues grace the landscape. That’s where we obtained the organic walnuts for our special walnut spirit, with flavours based on a variety of aliphatic alcohols and aldehydes produced by oxidative degradation of the polyunsaturated fatty acids contained in walnuts. We recommend drinking it neat for pure pleasure, using it in salad dressings and desserts, or for mixing.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 69,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 197,14 €/l)
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  • No. 425 German Basil

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    No. 425 German Basil

    16,50 69,00 

    {Ocimum basilicum}

    Basil, also called king herb, has been historically documented since the 12th century in Europe, where it is widely used as a culinary spice, especially in the Mediterranean, because it stimulates the appetite and digestion. Since then, it has also become very popular elsewhere as a component of pesto, the ideal accompaniment for pasta and Caprese – a delicious combination of tomato and mozzarella. Many different-tasting varieties exist. Depending on the variety, origin and time of harvest, the essential oil sometimes has very different concentrations of, for example, strongly aromatic monoterpenes – linalool, cineol, eugenol and methyl chavicol (also called estragole), with the latter accounting for the special basil aroma with green, tea, mint and hay-like notes. After months of experimentation, we found the ideal combination by varying the types and the processing. Our basil spirit is pure pesto on the nose and palate, and therefore ideal for adding that special touch to food (pasta with pesto and caprese, of course!), dressings, desserts (be sure to try it with strawberries) and also flavouring cocktails. It’s also pure pleasure drunk neat.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 69,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 197,14 €/l)
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  • No. 430 German Bear’s Garlic

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    225,71 390,00  / l

    No. 430 German Bear’s Garlic

    16,50 79,00 

    {Allium ursinum}
    Geist

    The idea of creating a bear’s garlic spirit sounds like an April Fool’s joke and, in fact, we came up with it at dinner one April Fool’s Day. The wonderful taste of this fantastic bear’s garlic soup left us hungry for more. However, it’s a fleeting delight as the season is extremely short. The fact is, fresh bear’s garlic of comparable quality is difficult to preserve during the harvest period as it quickly loses constituents once it’s chopped and dried. This is why the idea of preserving the strong bear’s garlic flavour in a spirit in order to have it available throughout the year began to take shape. The key component for the smell and taste of bear’s garlic is allicin, a substance also found in common garlic that is unstable and contains sulphur. It is converted into di- and trisulphides, which are responsible for the typical garlic smell. Because allicin decomposes when it’s heated, we used an especially gentle distillation process for this spirit. It makes the fantastic bear’s garlic flavour available all year round as a flavouring for use in the kitchen or bars where people are eager to experiment.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 79,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 225,71 €/l)
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  • No. 435 Brazilian Pink Peppercorn

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    No. 435 Brazilian Pink Peppercorn

    16,50 69,00 

    {Schinus terebinthifolia}

    It was around the mid-1980s that this fruit first began to be used in “Nouvelle Cuisine” before becoming a “pink pepper-hype” a few years later. Almost every chef used it, and this spice which was a novelty in this country, began to be over-used to the point where it disappeared as rapidly as it had arrived. Which is rather a shame because the pink berries… no wait… first we have to clear up some misunderstandings: Botanically speaking, the fruits of the Brazilian peppertree are not berries, but stone fruits. They are bright red and brittle when fully ripened. And even though they come from the peppertree, they are not peppers, but are added to colourful pepper mixtures simply because of their colour. They completely lack sharpness but have a mild, sweetish resinous aroma. This is produced by an essential oil with around 17 components from mono- and sesquiterpenes, with Δ3-caren, limonene, -pinene and -phellandrene being the main ones. Our spirit, which is typical of the variety, is ideal for dessert recipes, meat, fish and vegetable dishes. In blind tastings with bartenders and friends, everyone agreed that the distinctly mild aromatic smell and taste of the pink peppercorn spirit is – in addition to using it for cooking – best enjoyed in a glass neat or as a cocktail ingredient.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 69,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 197,14 €/l)
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  • No. 440 German Bronze Fennel

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    No. 440 German Bronze Fennel

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    {Foeniculum vulgare ‘Rubrum’}

    We must admit we didn’t know the names of the ingredients of a number of our products before we began product development. But new doors are opened once you start dealing with magnificent and varied natural flavours. And that’s what happened with bronze fennel. It’s aptly named, as it has unmistakeable, fine pinnate, bronze brown leaves, which are the reason why it’s often mistaken for dill. Unlike its relative, vegetable fennel, this two-year perennial does not develop a tuber, and therefore the herb is mainly used for garnishing and seasoning dishes or for teas. Or for producing a distillate, a completely new creation. It has delicious anise, camphor and liquorice notes, which invite you to nibble it, add that special touch to food or add to other drinks. Like its ”big brother”, the smell and taste are mainly due to components of the essential oil, such as fenchone, trans-anethole and estragole. What inspired us to use both fennel products is that, when you directly compare them, the oil in the various plant parts (leaves versus tuber) is quite different.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 69,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 197,14 €/l)
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  • No. 445 South African Buchu

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    No. 445 South African Buchu

    16,50 89,00 

    {Agathosma betulina}

    The Buchu plant is a shrub indigenous to the South African Cape Mountains. According to the cargo manifest of the Titanic, there were eight bales of Buchu aboard the ship. People at the time were apparently enthusiastic about the aromas of Buchu, which had been distributed in England since the 18th century. It was called Noble’s Tea because of its price. Aqueous extracts of Buchu have been, and are still used by the San, a South African indigenous people, and are applied externally because of their anti-inflammatory effect. On the underside of the leaves of the Buchu bush we used there are numerous glands containing essential oil. The pure oil has a slightly fruity, peppermint-like smell reminiscent of turpentine. This is due to the menthone (also found in peppermint), isomenthone, -diosphenol, diosphenol (both with a terpenic note), limonene, pulegone (minty, camphoraceous) and isopulegone. When the oil is diluted – as in our Buchu spirit – the mint and terpene-like notes are overshadowed by fruity blackcurrant notes. A small quantity of 8-mercapto-p-menthane-3-one is responsible for this. Interestingly, this compound is not found in blackcurrants and it intrigues the human nose even when heavily diluted. This detailed description of the Buchu aromas opens up countless ways of using this rare spirit by creative talent in kitchens and bars.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 89,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 254,29 €/l)
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  • No. 450 Israeli Tarragon

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    No. 450 Israeli Tarragon

    16,50 69,00 

    {Artemisia dracunculus}

    Virtually no tarragon is grown in Germany, which is why demand is met by imports. Following weeks of research, we eventually found a supplier in Israel. He supplied us with the higher-grade “aromatic” variety of the two available types (“Russian” and “aromatic” tarragon), harvested before they began budding, because that’s when the essential oil content is at its peak. This complex composite oil consists of 2/3 estragole (methyl chavicol) as well as ocimene, sabinene and eugenol etc., which give the herb its spicy-aromatic, anise-like aroma with hints of woodruff and a bitter-sweet taste. These ingredients are the reason tarragon is used as a culinary spice, but they are also responsible for its digestion stimulating properties. It’s these special ingredients that made us enthusiastic about creating a tarragon spirit. The result is a distillate with an authentic tarragon aroma that anyone who is not averse to an anise note will also enjoy drinking neat. This distillate also gives people who enjoy experimenting in gourmet kitchens, bars and elsewhere an opportunity to unleash their creativity. The Latin name ”dracunculus” (“Little Dragon/Snake”) is probably the reason for the erroneous belief that tarragon leaves are an antidote for snakebite.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 69,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 197,14 €/l)
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  • No. 455 Bavarian Spruce Tips

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    No. 455 Bavarian Spruce Tips

    16,50 69,00 

    {Picea abies}

    On a visit to Bavaria in southern Germany, on 1st May 2018, once the morning dew had evaporated, we took the whole family into the nearby woods to gather spruce tips. We heard the stereotypical call of a cuckoo, the tapping of a woodpecker and, carried on the wind from the nearby meadows, the sound of a religious procession passing through the meadows and praying for a rich harvest. We made the same request and our prayers were answered because all the effort we put into gathering the spruce tips has more than paid off. The freshly macerated tips produced an exceptionally sweet, fresh and spicy distillate with a forest aroma. It has aged by storage during which it also gained in complexity. The aroma is primarily due to the monoterpenes and the ester bornyl acetate in the pine needle oil. The time-consuming production of this spirit is on account of the wild collection. That’s why this product – much sought-after by bartenders – is only available in a very limited edition.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 69,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 197,14 €/l)
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  • No. 460 German Wild Bergamot

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    No. 460 German Wild Bergamot

    16,50 69,00 

    {Monarda fistulosa}

    Sometimes the name is sufficient to arouse curiosity about the raw material. And that’s certainly true of this herb, though it’s also somewhat symbolic for DSM, which aims to throw old habits overboard… In fact, the Boston Tea Party of 1773 – an act of protest against British colonial policy on the part of colonists, which ultimately ended in the American War of Independence – would probably never have happened without wild bergamot. The plant was used by Native Americans from the region of Oswego as a medicinal herb and also for seasoning and tea. As tea made from the flowers has a surprisingly similar taste to Earl Grey tea flavoured with bergamot oil, the dissatisfied colonists were able to throw an entire shipload of this hated tea – transported from China by the English Crown – into Boston Harbour without actually suffering any losses as they had a substitute. We used the leaves, which emit a powerful fragrance that lingers on the fingers after even just a brief touch, and combines with the sharpness of the mint with soft citrus notes accompanied by the herbal notes of sage and thyme produced by thymol and other terpenes. Interested in finding out more? Then throw old habits overboard and dive into the pleasure of experimenting, combining and adding that special touch in the kitchen or bar!

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 69,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 197,14 €/l)
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  • No. 465 Guatemalan Cardamom

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    No. 465 Guatemalan Cardamom

    16,50 69,00 

    {Elettaria cardamomum}

    With its fresh and spicy, camphor-like notes that are also reminiscent of lemon and eucalyptus, with a sharp and bitter tone, cardamom has rightly been called the queen of spices. Its queenly status is also reflected in the price, which puts it in the ”top five” of the spices. One reason for this is the fact that the fruit capsules have to be picked by hand shortly before they ripen to avoid losing the valuable seeds when the capsules open. Tincture of cardamom is a traditional herbal medicinal product used to treat digestive disorders. The essential oil of cardamom mainly contains -terpinyl acetate and 1,8-cineole as well as -terpineol, linalyl acetate, linalool, nerol and sabinene. Cardamom, which originally came from South India and Sri Lanka, is now cultivated in many other tropical countries. Guatemala is one of the world’s main suppliers and is also the source of the select organic fruit we used for our spirit with the above flavours – perfectly blended in alcohol. We recommend using it in Asian and Arabic cuisine, but also in sweets, pastries and compotes as well as in cocktails.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 69,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 197,14 €/l)
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  • No. 470 South African Cape Chamomile

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    254,29 390,00  / l

    No. 470 South African Cape Chamomile

    16,50 89,00 

    {Eriocephalus punctulatus}

    The Latin species name “punctulatus” means ‘dotted’, and indicates that, after flowering, this Eriocephalus species has particularly dense and eye-catching white seeds resembling mini snowballs. That is why it is called “snowbush” in the Cape. Its strong aromatic smell is due to a high content of aromatic terpenes. These are also used to produce an essential oil marketed as Cape chamomile oil, used in the perfume and cosmetics industry and aromatherapy. Like German chamomile oil, Cape chamomile oil has a characteristic blue colour. The blue dye chamazulene is derived from the component matricin during the steam distillation to produce both chamomile oils. However, the colour is light-sensitive and quickly turns green and then amber when exposed to light. The colour is the only thing the German and Cape chamomile oils have in common, however. Cape chamomile oil has a completely different chemical composition consisting of approximately 200 different components. The smell of the Cape chamomile oil is characterised by floral, fruity (apple, pineapple) and chamomile-like notes similar to Roman chamomile. The description alone makes one eager to taste this rare distillate – whose aromas were perfectly blended in the alcohol by using extremely gentle distillation – and to exploit its potential as a flavouring in food and drinks.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 89,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 254,29 €/l)
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  • No. 475 South African White Confetti Bush

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    No. 475 South African White Confetti Bush

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    {Coleonema album}

    The eight species of the genus Coleonema (from the Greek: koleos = sheath and nema = thread, filament; which indicates that the filaments of the stamens are enclosed within a fold of the petals and are only found in the Western Cape Province. This plant blooms during the South African winter, mainly June to August, so one can see right away how it got its name: The bush, which grows to a height of 2 m, is visible from afar and consists of a sea of small – approximately 6-7 mm – white honey-scented flowers and offers a feast to bees and butterflies. When the flowers fall, the ground looks like a confetti shower. Removing the long (approx. 1 cm) needle-like leaves from the stems is extremely time-consuming but is essential to obtain the desired product quality. This is because the essential oil responsible for the aroma is mainly contained in the oil cells on the underside of its leaves. This oil has more than 40 components, mainly monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes and phenylpropanes, with Z--ocimene, -phellandrene, myrcene, - and -pinene being the main ones. Crushing the leaves releases a sweetish fruity, herby, nutmeg aroma with peppery notes. We perfectly blended the subtle aroma and taste components in alcohol to create this rare, unusual spirit, which makes it ideal for adding that special something in the kitchen or bars.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 89,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 254,29 €/l)
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  • No 480 German Cilantro

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    No 480 German Cilantro

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    {Coriandrum sativum}

    Cilantro belongs to the botanical family Apiaceae, to which many aromatic plants belong. In the case of cilantro, two different plant parts are used in the kitchen: the leaves and the seeds, with the leaves mainly used in Asian cuisine and the seeds in European cuisine. This posed the question as to which one we should use as the raw material for our spirit? Following a series of tests, we opted for both, but rather than combining them in a single product, we created two different ones. The result was two spirits that couldn’t be more different. For this spirit, we used the cilantro leaves. The leaves produce a very intense essential oil – though only in small quantities – which has a variety of aliphatic aldehydes (including decanal and dodecanal), which are responsible for the typical smell and taste. Its aroma is characterised as musky, lemony or even “soapy-herbaceous”. And it’s precisely this aroma that we reproduced 1:1 in our cilantro leaf spirit, which truly has the intense fresh cilantro smell and taste. Cilantro aficionados will enjoy drinking this distillate neat. But cilantro spirit is also ideal for mixing, cooking and, of course, perfuming.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 69,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 197,14 €/l)
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  • No. 485 German Cilantro Seed

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    No. 485 German Cilantro Seed

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    {Coriandrum sativum}

    This spirit should not be confused with our German cilantro spirit, distilled using the leaves of this herb. Though once you’ve tried the cilantro seed spirit or even better – both – you’ll immediately find it’s impossible to mistake one for the other. Because in the seeds, it is the monoterpenes, such as linalool, -terpinene, -pinene, p-cymene, camphor and geranyl acetate that are dominant in the essential oil, rather than the aldehydes found in the leaves. All these and many other components combine to produce this wonderful natural combination. Linalool, the main component, is responsible for the fresh, floral notes; camphor contributes an aromatic, woody, eucalyptus-like scent and geranyl acetate produces a rose-like aroma. This complexity also makes cilantro seeds interesting for manufacturing gin and, in fact, they are used in almost every gin along with juniper. However, Coriandri fructus – the Latin name in the pharmacopoeia – is capable of even more: it was already used for medical purposes in ancient times. We now know that the seeds have, among other things, anti-bacterial and anti-spasmodic properties and also aid digestion. These characteristics naturally only apply to its correct use as a therapeutic herb. Our distillate uses only the best aromas typical of the variety, perfectly blended in alcohol. It can be used in cocktails and cooking – or anything else the connoisseur deems appropriate.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 69,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 197,14 €/l)
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  • No. 490 South African Liquorice Plant

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    No. 490 South African Liquorice Plant

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    {Helichrysum petiolare}
    Geist

    The plant with this curious name grows on shaded mountain slopes and forest edges in the Eastern and Western Cape. The genus name – Helichrysum – derives from the Greek “helios” (sun) and “chrysos” (gold) and alludes to the colour of the flowers. The species name “petiolare” means “stalked” and refers to the striking leaves. The leaves are silvery-grey and roughly heart-shaped with velvety hairs and a faint liquorice aroma, which was evidently strong enough to account for its name. Traditionally, a tea is made from the leaves, used, among other things, for treating respiratory diseases (especially by Rastafarians). The compound essential oil has anti-inflammatory properties and is made up of approximately 70 different components with 1,8-cineol, -caryophyllene, -pinene and p-cymene being the main ones. We didn’t select the plant on account of these properties, but for its aroma, which we were unfamiliar with. One definitely gets a subtle hint of liquorice among the rather complex aromas. A highly interesting spirit, which will find its way into kitchens and bars.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 89,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 254,29 €/l)
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  • No. 495 German Lavender Leaves

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    No. 495 German Lavender Leaves

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    {Lavandula angustifolia}

    You wouldn’t necessarily expect a spirit made with lavender leaves to be so radically different from one made using the flowers. Science soon clarifies why this should be the case: whereas the essential oil from the flowers contains approximately 70% of the key aromas – linalool and linalyl acetate – in more or less equal parts, the leaves contain hardly any of these two substances. Their oil contains no such key aromas, but is made up of more than 80 components, including epi--cadinol, borneol, 1,8-cineol and camphor, but all in relatively small quantities. Overall, the leaves contain much less essential oil than the flowers. This is also reflected in the amount of raw material required when the leaves are used to produce a spirit. In terms of smell and taste, you’ll immediately know it’s lavender when you touch the leaves, but camphor-like, aromatic and woody notes are more predominant than fresh, sweetish and floral ones. This is what makes this spirit useful when one wants lavender echoes without being hit by the full force of this aroma, which can quickly become overwhelming. It can be used for perfuming salads, soups or sauces, dressings, desserts and drinks.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 69,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 197,14 €/l)
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  • No. 500 Brazilian Roasted Yerba Mate

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    No. 500 Brazilian Roasted Yerba Mate

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    {Ilex paraguariensis}

    Most people are probably familiar with mate in the form of a tea, or even in the form of a cult cold drink that emerged from the hacker scene. Green unroasted mate leaves are also used as traditional herbal remedies for mental and physical fatigue. The major difference between our spirit and the drinks or the medicinal application: our spirit contains no purines because caffeine, theophylline and theobromine are non-volatile under distillation conditions. All the aromas are volatile, and it is these that are responsible for the mellow, sweet-and-sour, earthy-smoky smell and taste, which evokes wilting leaves. That’s what makes our spirit using roasted organic mate leaves truly amazing! Just like with coffee, the roasting process is important to produce the typical aromas. Maillard reactions form the flavour components typical of the variety, such as pyrroles and pyrazine. These are then also transferred to our spirit during distillation. But don’t be put off by the chemical terminology: these processes occur in every frying pan and many dishes would be pretty bland without them! So, use the spirit in cocktails, as a shot in tea or drunk neat.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 69,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 197,14 €/l)
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  • No. 505 Indonesian Nutmeg

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    No. 505 Indonesian Nutmeg

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    {Myristica fragrans}

    The nutmeg tree comes from the Moluccas, also known as the “Spice Islands”, which belong to Indonesia. Today it can be found in many tropical areas. Indonesia is still the main country where it’s cultivated and also where we obtained the organic fruit used in our spirit. Harvesting nutmeg by picking or gathering is very time-consuming, and it must be done exactly one day after the pericarp opens, because if unripe fruit are harvested, the seeds become shrivelled. Ripe fruit lying on the ground for a long time may also become infested with worms. From a botanical point of view, the seed of the nutmeg tree is incidentally considered a follicle rather than a nut. The seed contains essential oil with terpenes such as -pinene, -pinene and sabinenes and phenylpropanoids such as myristicin. Myristicin shouldn’t be underestimated, as hallucinogenic effects have been attributed to it when large quantities (5g of seeds) are ingested. But don’t be alarmed: this is way more than the quantities we use for its intended purpose as a flavour carrier with characteristic spicy and bitter notes that have also been described as musky. These are a fantastic addition to many hearty dishes, such as stews, soups, cabbage dishes, but also in pastries and exotic drinks.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 69,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 197,14 €/l)
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  • No. 510 German Oregano

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    No. 510 German Oregano

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    {Origanum vulgare}

    This herb first arrived in kitchens outside Italy from the 1950s onwards with the triumphal march of the pizza. Who hasn’t tried to bake a pizza like the ones in the Italian restaurant at home? Oregano is one of the ingredients of the tomato sauce along with basil, garlic and other spices. Carvacrol, which is the main flavouring substance of the essential oil, gives it a sharp to piquantly spicy, slightly woody taste. Harvesting the plant at the right time – when it starts to flower – is important to obtain as much essential oil as possible, and that’s exactly when our German supplier struck. The result is a spirit that one looks forward not only to spraying on oven fresh pizza, but to give a completely new twist to antipasti and pasta dishes and cocktails, either on its own or with other Mediterranean spirits. However, oregano is not just used in Mediterranean cuisines: oregano (or its Mexican pendent) is used with cumin as an ingredient of chilli con carne, which would also undoubtedly benefit from a touch of our spirit.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 69,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 197,14 €/l)
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  • No. 515 German Purple Shamrock

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    No. 515 German Purple Shamrock

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    {Oxalis triangularis ‘Burgundy Wine’}

    Purple shamrock is also known by the beautiful name of “love plant”. You can understand why when you see one of these amazing plants. Three heart-shaped, triangular red leaves sit at the end of each of the numerous stems. What’s more, like the wings of a butterfly, the hearts open at sunrise and close at night. Purple shamrock is also a skilled survivor. If there’s no water or it’s too cold, everything aboveground dies and withdraws into the underground bulb. When conditions improve within a very short space of time it shows what it’s capable of, or in the words of Albert Schweitzer: “I am life that wants to live, in the midst of life that wants to live.” We accepted the “inner values” of this plant, which is almost a cult object, and were so impressed we decided to commemorate it in a spirit. Our spirit isn’t sour because the oxalic acid responsible for the sour taste of purple shamrock is non-volatile. It has fresh, fruity rhubarb and slightly berry-like notes of blackcurrant and raspberry, as well as a touch of hay and straw. It’s just waiting to be used in salads, dressings, desserts and cocktails.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 69,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 197,14 €/l)
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  • No. 520 Indian Black Pepper

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    No. 520 Indian Black Pepper

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    {Piper nigrum}
    Geist

    “Give it some pep”. A phrase that means to make something more lively or interesting. We decided to take it literally. It took some time to find really good organic black pepper. We decided on Indian pepper, because that’s where the king of spices originally comes from. Before goods began to be transported by ship from Asia, pepper had to be brought to Europe overland. The oldest evidence of trade with Europe north of the Alps is the Bremen peppercorn, a white pepper seed, found in 1989 during excavations in Bremen city centre. It dates from the 13th century and is proof of the trade relations between the Hanseatic city and South Asia in the High Middle Ages. The Piper nigrum plant, which yields this delicious hot and spicy pungent fruit twice a year, is a liana with tendrils winding up trees to a height of 10 metres. The black colouration of the green fruit that is harvested unripe occurs when it is dried due to the enzymatic oxidation of o-diphenols. The sharpness of the piperine during distillation remains in the stillage, which means the spicy, sweet, woody, resinous flowery aroma of the essential oil – tasting of pine and smelling like lemon – comes to the fore in our spirit. The perfect choice for drinking neat, seasoning almost any type of food and adding the finishing touch to cocktails.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 69,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 197,14 €/l)
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  • No. 525 Spanish Rosemary

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    No. 525 Spanish Rosemary

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    {Rosmarinus officinalis}

    The “officina” is a place where high-quality goods are manufactured as well as the adjoining sales area. It is the name used by pharmacists for their workplace in the pharmacy. This is referred to by the Latin epithet “officinalis”, which means “for medicinal purposes”. Rosemary leaves are used internally to treat digestive disorders and applied externally to treat rheumatic diseases, etc. A variety of substances are responsible for its effect, these include tannins (mainly rosemarinic acid), flavonoids, bitter substances, saponins, resin and the essential oil containing, among other things, 1,8-cineol, -pinene, camphor, camphene and borneol. The essential oil is what makes it eminently suitable for distilling a spirit of outstanding quality. But it was a long, hard road. We only succeeded after numerous attempts and even more tastings. Did the developers of “Aqua Reginae Hungariae” – Queen of Hungary Water have a similar experience? This is a rosemary spirit made by distilling rosemary flowers with alcohol that appeared in the 14th century and was reputedly one of the first distilled perfumes. According to the legend, it was supposed to be a true fountain of youth. Our rosemary spirit naturally can’t compete with this. But we’re convinced that the opposite is also true: Queen of Hungary Water cannot compete with our very intense, authentic rosemary spirit, which is extremely popular not only in the kitchen, but also in the bar scene.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 69,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 197,14 €/l)
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  • No. 530 South African Wild Rosemary

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    No. 530 South African Wild Rosemary

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    {Eriocephalus africanus}

    “Kapokbos” is the name given to African rosemary in its homeland South Africa, where it flourishes in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Namaqualand. There are 34 species of the genus Eriocephalus in southern Africa and they all have one thing in common: the fluffy seeds that appear shortly after flowering are covered in long white hair and resemble tiny snowballs, which is how they got their local name, because “kapok” means snow and “bos” stands for bush. In addition to its striking appearance and widespread distribution, the plant has a pleasant aromatic fragrance, spread by crushing its needle-like leaves, another reason why this extraordinary plant is popular with most of the local people. It is also widely used in the kitchen for seasoning meat dishes and vegetable stews and as a tea for relieving the symptoms of coughs and colds, etc. In times of severe water shortages in the Cape region, bushes like the kapokbos are ideal garden plants because they can thrive on very little water. In gardens, they also exude a herbaceous and balsamic fragrance that is unfamiliar in our part of the world, and that’s the reason why we selected this plant for one of our spirits. According to studies of plants cultivated in Spain, it contains 61 components, with artemisia ketone, intermedeol and -eudesmol being the main constituents in terms of quantity. This spirit is crying out for people who are willing to try out new things and bold enough to mix it with familiar flavours to create completely new combinations.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 69,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 197,14 €/l)
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  • No. 535 German Sage

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    No. 535 German Sage

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    {Salvia officinalis}

    The “officinalis” in the Latin name of common sage indicates its suitability for medicinal use. Because of their antibacterial effect, alcoholic extracts of the leaves are used for gargling, etc. We are however only interested in its use as a kitchen spice. Our extremely aromatic wild sage comes from Baden-Württemberg in southwest Germany, and was harvested in the early hours of the morning, carefully packed and immediately refrigerated in order to undergo elaborate processing at our Berlin craft distillery the next morning. We began by picking the leaves from the stems, washing them by hand and finally cutting them up with a knife. The quantity required meant several days engaged in manual work, but in view of the outcome, every minute was well worth it. It’s a first-class sage spirit, which has been well received by aficionados, bartenders and chefs alike. The typical flavour is due to the main components of the essential oil – in particular – and -thujone, camphor and 1,8-cineol – and ancillary components, especially -pinene, borneol and bornyl acetate and some sesquiterpenes, such as -caryophyllene.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 69,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 197,14 €/l)
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  • No. 540 South African Golden Sage

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    No. 540 South African Golden Sage

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    {Salvia africana-lutea}

    The flowers of the South African sage are golden yellow when they start to flower (later they turn rusty orange then reddish-brown), and this also explains its Latin name (luteus = (golden) yellow). Early European settlers used the plant to treat colds and chronic bronchitis. Traditional healers still use it for these purposes, as well for fever and headaches. However, the aromatic leaves used for our spirit – coming from shrubs that grow in the South African provinces of Eastern, Northern and Western Cape – are an unspectacular, greyish-green. It is also called beach sage or dune sage because it usually grows near the coast. Speaking of leaves: we rubbed these off from the harvested raw material by hand and also had to work around the thorn-like protuberances on the branches that probably act as a defence against herbivores. But all the effort more than paid off: it resulted in a distillate with a superb taste, which, despite its name, is nothing like the well-known sage smell and taste found in Europe. It is characterised by a complex essential oil with around 50 components. The most important in terms of quantity are -pinene, myrcene, o-cymene and -eudesmol. People can decide for themselves whether they prefer to enjoy this spirit neat or use it to add that special touch to food or drinks, or both.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l) 
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 89,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 254,29 €/l)
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  • No. 545 German Yarrow

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    No. 545 German Yarrow

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    {Achillea clavennae}

    To the best of our knowledge, our supplier is the only one offering this unique herb. So, we were grateful to obtain sufficiently large quantities for our purposes. This is the bitter yarrow variety, whose vermouth-like characteristics were described in 1609-10 by the Italian pharmacist Nicolò Clavena from Belluno. The famous Swedish scientist Carl Linnaeus in 1753 also honoured Clavena in the species name, but evidently made a mistake when he added an extra “n”, as the species should actually be called “clavenae”. The generic name “Achillea” refers to Achilles, the legendary hero of the Trojan War, who apparently used plants of this genus for healing wounds. The bitter substance achillein, responsible for the taste of bitter yarrow, is not contained in our spirit because it remains in the stillage during distillation. On the other hand, the fresh, intensely aromatic and spicy fragrance reminiscent of mountain meadows, with a hint of chamomile produced by crushing the leaves, due to the main components of the essential oil – camphor and 1,8-cineole – can be detected 1:1 in our spirit and lends a summery touch to dishes and drinks.

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l)
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 69,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 197,14 €/l)
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