• No 320 Indonesian Greater Galangal

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    No 320 Indonesian Greater Galangal

    16,50 69,00 

    {Alpinia galanga }
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    The name ‘galangal’ can be confusing as it refers to four different plants of the ginger family. One of these – Alpinia officinarum or lesser galangal – has the epithet “officinalis” because of its pharmaceutical use to treat indigestion and loss of appetite. We use greater galangal or Alpinia galanga, also called the lengkuas in Indonesian. It is widespread in Southeast Asia, where it is also believed to aid digestion. Which explains why people like to use it in the kitchen, both there and here, in spicy pastes or soups, for example. Only the yellowish, woody rhizome (the rootstock that grows underground), the pale pink runners and the young stems are used. The sharpness of the greater galangal is caused by a resin that contains diarylheptanoids and phenylalkanones. That sharpness is prized, as are the aromatic components of the essential oil. These are b-bisabolene, 1,8-cineole, chavicol acetate, chavicol, eugenyl acetate, a-farnesene, methyl eugenol, b-caryophyllene, a-bisabolol, spathulenol, farnesyl acetate, and 4-hydroxycinnamyl acetate. The latter is responsible, among other things, for the sweet, almost cinnamon-like, spicy smell of the greater galangal. These properties are the reason we recommend adding our spirit to Asian dishes, desserts and (of course) 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 325 Chinese Ginger

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    No 325 Chinese Ginger

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    {Zingiber officinale}
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    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, b-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 330 Indian Turmeric

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    No 330 Indian Turmeric

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    {Curcuma longa}
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    There’s been a lot of hype about turmeric in recent years. Turmeric looks very similar to ginger and is said to have a wide range of therapeutic effects as it contains curcumin, which is also responsible for its intense yellow colour. However, hardly any of the research into these effects meets current scientific standards. As a medicinal product, turmeric root is described in the European Pharmacopoeia as “the whole dried rhizome of Curcuma longa, minus the roots and outer bark, brewed by boiling water or hot steam.” The drug is used as a traditional herbal medicine for digestive complaints, as a spice and as the ingredient that gives curry powder its colour. It’s not only turmeric’s eye-catching colour that makes it stand out: it also contains a very interesting essential oil. That’s why it was predestined for a distillate. The oil is made up of various sesquiterpene ketones known as turmerones. These essentially determine its smell, as do zingiberene and smaller amounts of α-phellandrene, sabinene, cineole, borneol and other components. This oil adds significantly to the flavour of our spirit, which is colourless, because the dye is unfortunately non-volatile and remains in the stillage. Though that shouldn’t prevent you using the Indian turmeric spirit in cooking and cocktails. The plant probably originated in India, which is still the main growing area and where we source our organic turmeric.

    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 435 Brazilian Pink Peppercorn

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    No 435 Brazilian Pink Peppercorn

    16,50 69,00 

    {Schinus terebinthifolia}
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    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, a-pinene and a-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 465 Guatemalan Cardamom

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    No 465 Guatemalan Cardamom

    16,50 69,00 

    {Elettaria cardamomum}
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    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 a-terpinyl acetate and 1,8-cineole as well as a-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. But it tastes particularly delicious in coffee!

    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

    16,50 69,00 

    {Coriandrum sativum}
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    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, g-terpinene, a-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 505 Indonesian Nutmeg

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    No 505 Indonesian Nutmeg

    16,50 69,00 

    {Myristica fragrans}
    eau-de-vie/spirit

    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 a-pinene, b-pinene and sabinene and phenylpropanoids such as myristicin. Myristicin shouldn’t be underestimated, as hallucinogenic effects have been attributed to it when large quantities (5 g 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)
    Spray Bottle 19,50 € (50 ml, 50 % vol – 390,00 €/l)
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  • No 508 Madagascan Cloves

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    No 508 Madagascan Cloves

    16,50 69,00 

    {Syzygium aromaticum}
    eau-de-vie/spirit

    Who doesn’t know the melody of Brahms’s Lullaby? The text German children grow up with translates as:  “Good evening, good night,
With roses covered,
With cloves adorned,
Slip under the covers.
Tomorrow morning, if God wills,
you will wake once again.”  The cloves are put in the cradle for their essential oils which evaporate and have antiseptic properties. They also smell nice and are supposed to repel insects and prevent diseases. The word clove is derived from the Latin clavus, meaning “nail”. It got the name because its shape was reminiscent of the hand-forged nails of the Middle Ages. But why do cloves have this unusual shape? They are the dried flower buds of the clove tree, which originates from the Molucca Islands. The buds are hand-picked before they blossom and turn brown and hard when dry. The spice reached Europe in the Middle Ages and became very well known. That’s why the name for the carnation in other European languages is the same as for cloves, because the root contains a similar essential oil. This essential oil is also why cloves are described in the European Pharmacopoeia. They are used medicinally in dentistry for localised pain relief. The cloves we use in our spirit are particularly high-quality organic ones from Madagascar. The oil mainly consists of eugenol, along with eugenyl acetate and b-caryophyllene, which are responsible for the unmistakable strongly aromatic, warm and spicy-sweet smell and taste. It tastes fantastic in any dish usually flavoured with cloves or in autumn or winter cocktails, 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)
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  • No 518 Honduran Allspice

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    No 518 Honduran Allspice

    16,50 69,00 

    {Pimenta dioica}
    eau-de-vie/spirit

    Allspice is a plant from the myrtle family. It has a whole series of names including allspice, pimento, myrtle pepper and Jamaica pepper (after its country of origin). Tropical Central America is the home of the evergreen pimento tree. From there, Christopher Columbus brought the spice to Europe. This also had an influence on the name. As the kernels look like pepper, the Spaniards thought the allspice plant was a pepper plant. That’s the origin of the genus name, derived from the Spanish pimienta (which translates as “pepper”). Allspice berries lose their taste when ripe. So they are harvested when they have the most flavour, before they ripen fully. The berries are then washed and dried. As allspice ferments, it produces dark brown to reddish brown seeds. The seeds have a very characteristic smell that is a combination of cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon. The taste resembles that of cloves with a mild peppery sharpness. The fruits contain an essential oil that has a balsamic to spicy smell. Its main component is eugenol, which is also contained in cloves. The complexity of the essential oil is due to a total of about 40 components, including β-caryophyllene and 1,8-cineole. No wonder we couldn’t resist using it to produce a distillate. It’s impressively versatile and will add that special something to pastries, soups, sauces, marinades, fish and meat dishes, as well as a Bloody Mary.

    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

    16,50 69,00 

    {Piper nigrum}
    eau-de-vie/spirit

    “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 522 Indian Periyar Pepper

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    No 522 Indian Periyar Pepper

    16,50 69,00 

    {Piper nigrum}
    eau-de-vie/spirit

    In addition to the pepper variety we selected for our distillate No 520 Indian Black Pepper, another variety stood out so strongly in our experiments on account of its aroma that we have also included it in our product range. The reason for this pepper’s very special aroma is the way it is cultivated and harvested, as well as its origin. The fruit of pepper plants is usually harvested green and unripe. It turns black when dry due to the enzymatic oxidation of o-diphenols. However, this particular pepper is left on the plant and only harvested with its red pericarp when it is ripe. This gives it a much more subtle flavour. It comes from the Periyar National Park, located in the spice region of Kerala in southern India. In the green, sheltered hills of Kumily, where there is also a tiger reserve, pepper is not cultivated in the usual way, as a monoculture in a plantation. Instead, smallholders plant older and now endangered pepper varieties, scattered throughout the jungle. The pepper is picked by hand from March to May. After drying in the sun and further selection by hand, the pepper has truly earned its exotic name. This production method leads to an essential oil content that is twice as high as conventionally grown black pepper, with b-caryophyllene, a-pinene and limonene as the main components. You can smell and taste it. We hope all those creative talents out there will have lots of fun deciding between the two varieties — not an easy choice!

    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 560 Vietnamese Star Anise

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    No 560 Vietnamese Star Anise

    16,50 69,00 

    {Illicium verum}
    eau-de-vie/spirit

    Essential oils are crucial ingredients that can be extracted and distilled with alcohol. They can have quite a complex composition. The quantitative amount of a single component, however, does not necessarily reflect its importance in the overall flavour. This means that “the more, the better” doesn’t apply in this case. Sometimes a substance found in small quantities is much more important for the perceived aroma. In the case of the star anise, nature followed the adage and decided that the essential oil would mainly consist of trans-anethole. With its lingering sweet, liquorice-like, warm herby, spicy to slightly peppery notes, it also dominates our spirit made from organic Vietnamese star anise. Like fennel, bronze fennel, basil and tarragon, the oil also contains estragole (i.e. methyl chavicol). Something that all these plants have in common is a similar, pattern of components of the essential oil, which also differ in that each has its own unique variation and justification, which is also reflected in our spirits. Our star anise spirit will add that special something to jams, creamy soups (carrot, pumpkin), game, beef, fish or poultry dishes, desserts and cocktails, and not only during the Christmas season.

    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 570 Bosnian Juniper Berries

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    No 570 Bosnian Juniper Berries

    16,50 69,00 

    {Juniperus communis}
    eau-de-vie/spirit

    We were quite surprised at how different juniper from various sources can taste, but in the end, it was easy to reach a decision. Because fresh berries from Bosnia and Herzegovina have a particularly fine aroma that is reminiscent of gin. The classic sweet-spicy, aromatic and slightly resinous-bitter conifers notes unfold, complemented by a hint of lemon, as if the berries had been mixed with a little lemon peel. The basis of this special blend is the essential oil, containing, among other things, the terpenes a-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, limonene, terpinene-4-ol and b-pinene. Of course, German juniper berries were also among the contenders, as the “cypresses of the north” are characteristic of nearby Lüneburg Heath. But, for complex aromas, the Mediterranean product, which benefits from a higher number of sunshine hours, is well ahead of the game. One should point out that juniper berries are false fruits, botanically speaking, because after pollination, the three uppermost scale leaves grow around the ovules like a fleshy fruit, and these form single-hull so-called seed cones which can be seen when you look at fresh juniper berries. In addition to pure enjoyment, this distillate, which is referred to under European legislation as a “juniper-flavoured spirit drink”, is the ideal accompaniment for many meat dishes and harmonises with bay leaves, garlic, thyme, fennel and pepper.

    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 575 Ceylon Cinnamon

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    No 575 Ceylon Cinnamon

    16,50 69,00 

    {Cinnamomum zeylanicum Blume}
    eau-de-vie/spirit

    It had to be Ceylon cinnamon from Sri Lanka. Only organic whole sticks were good enough for us. It’s not hard to distinguish between Ceylon cinnamon and Chinese cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia) because the latter is mainly obtained from a thick layer of bark, which curls at the ends while drying and therefore does not form a closed stick. Ceylon cinnamon only consists of very thin layers of bast, several of which are pushed into each other for drying, which makes it possible to create a closed stick with a cigar-like cross-section. Ceylon cinnamon also has a finer aroma and the thin layers preserve it for much longer than is the case with Chinese cinnamon. The constituents of the essential oil are also significantly different. Cheaper cinnamon varieties such as Chinese cinnamon contain coumarin, which brings those woodruff-like notes. On the other hand, in our spirit made from Ceylon cinnamon, cinnamic aldehyde is in the foreground and eugenol is also an important ingredient. You can smell and taste it, whether it is enjoyed neat or used to add a special touch to pastries or cakes, desserts and jams, cocktails or mulled wine, tea or Asian dishes.

    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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