• No 160 German Korona Strawberry

    16,50 79,00 

    No 160 German Korona Strawberry

    16,50 79,00 

    {Fragaria x ananassa ‘Korona’}
    brandy/spirit by maceration & distillation

    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 

    No 165 German Tulameen Raspberry

    16,50 79,00 

    {Rubus idaeus ‘Tulameen’}
    brandy/spirit by maceration & distillation

    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 

    No 175 German Strasberry

    16,50 69,00 

    {Fragaria x ananassa ‘Mieze Schindler’}
    eau-de-vie/spirit

    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

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    No 180 German Blackcurrant

    16,50 79,00 

    {Ribes nigrum}
    brandy/spirit by maceration & distillation

    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 195 Ukrainian Rowan

    16,50 79,00 

    No 195 Ukrainian Rowan

    16,50 79,00 

    {Sorbus aucuparia}
    brandy/spirit by maceration & distillation

    The red, bitter-tasting fruit of rowan trees, also called rowan berries, are traditionally regarded as toxic, but that should be taken as an exaggeration. The raw berries are not very edible due to the presence of parasorbic acid, which is responsible for their bitterness and may cause indigestion. Parasorbic acid is hydrolysed during cooking to sorbic acid, a well-known and well-tolerated food preserving agent. Consequently, using the cooked berries for jams or purées has an equally long tradition, as does distilling delicious eaux-de-vie from them. Botanically speaking, these are not actually berries but pome fruit, as can easily be seen if you take a closer look at the little red fruit both whole and in cross section. The rowan tree is also known as the mountain ash as it thrives at high altitudes and its leaves resemble those of the ash. It is distributed throughout Europe and is able to withstand the harsh climate of low mountain ranges. Our organic rowan berries were collected wild in the Ukrainian Carpathians, which are also called the Wooded Carpathians. We used them to prepare a wonderful eau-de-vie “by maceration and distillation” using five parts fruit and one part alcohol. Fruit acids are important for the aroma, as are essential oils, which come to the fore in our eau-de-vie in the typical delicate marzipan notes accompanied by mild chocolate notes in the aftertaste. Perfect for sheer enjoyment. 

    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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