• No 250 Beelitz Asparagus

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    No 250 Beelitz Asparagus

    16,50 69,00 

    {Asparagus officinalis}
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    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

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    No 255 Reichenau Cucumber

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    {Cucumis sativus}
    eau-de-vie/spirit

    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

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    {Beta vulgaris ‘Robuschka’}
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    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)
    Spray Bottle 19,50 € (50 ml, 50 % vol – 390,00 €/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}
    eau-de-vie/spirit

    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)
    Spray Bottle 19,50 € (50 ml, 50 % vol – 390,00 €/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}
    eau-de-vie/spirit

    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, a-selinene and b-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)
    Spray Bottle 19,50 € (50 ml, 50 % vol – 390,00 €/l)
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  • No 275 Palatine Fennel

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    No 275 Palatine Fennel

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    {Foeniculum vulgare}
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    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)
    Spray Bottle 19,50 € (50 ml, 50 % vol – 390,00 €/l)
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  • No 675 Bosnian Chanterelle

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    No 675 Bosnian Chanterelle

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    {Cantharellus cibarius}
    eau-de-vie/spirit

    Chanterelle has been a popular edible mushroom since antiquity, and it has a compelling spicy-aromatic smell and taste that we have conveyed 1:1 in our spirit. If you are preparing a tasty sauce, for example, or adding that special touch to a mushroom ragout or simply want to see how its aroma compliments a game steak, you won’t be very interested in knowing that science discovered the aliphatic alcohol called 1-octene-3-ol is one of the main components of the mushroom aroma. Just taste it! Incidentally, our organic chanterelles are sourced from a wild collection in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where there are still enough of them thanks to sustainable harvesting. Elsewhere, stocks have been dwindling since the 1970s, as a result of the major environmental issue of the era: acid rain. Because the mycelium of the chanterelle (filamentous cells of the fungus in the soil) is very sensitive to the sulphurous acid which is a component of acid rain. This decline means that chanterelles should only be collected by private individuals in small quantities for individual consumption.

    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 680 Bosnian Porcino

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    No 680 Bosnian Porcino

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    {Boletus edulis}
    eau-de-vie/spirit

    We would have appreciated using German porcino, but we are not allowed to. In some countries, because they are a protected species, porcino may only – if at all – be collected by private individuals in small household quantities for their own consumption. As porcino cannot be cultivated, they can only be obtained in sufficient quantities for our purposes by wild collection in controlled areas. In Europe, these regions are found mainly in Romania and the countries of former Yugoslavia, such as Bosnia and Herzegovina. There are rich stocks and the harvest is carried out in a sustainable manner, which means porcino will continue to delight future generations. To give pleasure to people today, we were able to capture in our spirit the wonderful walnut-like, earthy and mushroom-like aromas of organic porcino by particularly gentle maceration and distillation. It is, of course, an ideal ingredient for fine cuisine and can also be enjoyed neat by mushroom enthusiasts. For those interested in chemistry, by way of a postscript: using the analytical procedures of headspace chromatography with a sniffing port (i.e. a sniffer detector) it was possible to differentiate between the different substances responsible for the typical – especially when cut – fungal odour of porcino and identify them by their smell. It is a complex mixture of disparate ketones and alcohols, of which 1-octene-3-ol is the most important in terms of quantity.

    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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