• 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)
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  • No 265 German Celeriac

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    No 265 German Celeriac

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    {Apium graveolens var. rapaceum}
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    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.

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    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

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    {Apium graveolens var. dulce}
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    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.

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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.

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  • No 320 Indonesian Greater Galangal

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    No 320 Indonesian Greater Galangal

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    {Alpinia galanga }
    eau-de-vie/spirit

    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)
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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.

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    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.

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  • No 335 Indian Vetiver

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    No 335 Indian Vetiver

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    {Vetiveria zizanioides}
    eau-de-vie/spirit

    Vetiver is a tropical bunch grass, which grows to between 50 centimetres and 1.50 metres high. It is originally from Asia (South India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka), but is now cultivated in many tropical regions. The parts of the plant above ground are not used, only the extremely dense root system that can extend up to 3 m underground. There’s a good reason why vetiver is called khus or ”aromatic root” in India. The essential oil, obtained by steam distillation from both fresh and dried roots, is a component of many perfumes. It has elegant oriental notes and, depending on the degree of drying of the root, can have aromatic green, woody balsamic, strong earthy, root-like and smoky notes as well as refreshing citrus notes and dark leather accents. This is due to a complex blend of sesquiterpenes and their alcohols and ketones. The alcohols khusimol, cyclocopacamphanol A and B, vetiselinenol and isovalencenol have woody notes. The ketone khusimone has rhubarb and grapefruit notes, a-vetivon has strong grapefruit notes and b-vetivon has woody notes. These unusual flavours are blended perfectly in our spirit made from organic vetiver root, and are just crying out to be used as creatively in cocktails and in cooking as the Indians use vetiver in their daily lives. The root has the property that it smells pleasantly cool and aromatic for a long period, especially when sprayed with water. That’s why it is used to make everyday items such as mats, curtains or shutters in India.

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  • No 350 Indian Frankincense

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    No 350 Indian Frankincense

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    {Boswellia serrata}
    eau-de-vie/spirit

    Boswellia serrata is a species of frankincense tree found in northern India. Many people will be familiar with frankincense from religious services or — along with gold and myrrh — as a gift for the infant Jesus from the Three Wise Men. Cleansing effects were attributed to it, which made it very precious in those times. This may be the reason why incense is now frequently touted as a miracle cure, even though there’s no scientific evidence for this. Frankincense is obtained by slashing the bark of the frankincense tree. As the wound closes, it secretes a milky white emulsion that hardens in air to a gum resin that is also called olibanum. The typical incense drops or ‘tears’ are produced and harvested in special containers. The brighter and bigger the drops, the higher the quality and the more expensive they are, as the process lasts for months. For our spirit, we used Indian frankincense sourced from collection in the wild. The tests we perform during product development have revealed that frankincense resins are extremely intense. This meant we had to clean our distillery line several times after production to prevent carryover into the downstream product. We were happy to take on board this added effort, and it really paid off. The result is a spirit with wonderfully warm, balsamic-spicy, conifer-like resinous and subtle citrus notes, based on the monoterpenes a-thujene, a-phellandrene and a-pinene of the essential oil, among others.

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    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

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    {Coffea arabica}
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    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.

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    Classic Apothecary Bottle 69,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 197,14 €/l)
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  • No 385 Panamanian Cocoa

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    No 385 Panamanian Cocoa

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    {Theobroma cacao}
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    Life without chocolate is possible, but meaningless. That’s why the cocoa tree, which supplies the key flavour ingredient of chocolate, was quite rightly given the genus name Theobroma, meaning “food of the gods”. One of the world’s best and most expensive cocoas is Criollo fine cocoa. This is native to Central America, and the Porcelana variety is considered to be the Criollo among Criollos. It gets its name from the white to light pink colour of the cotyledons, which is reminiscent of porcelain. Because this species is very sensitive, susceptible to disease and also produces lower yields than other varieties, it has largely been superseded by other crops. Its outstanding flavour and aroma are the reason why this Criollo is still cultivated for luxury chocolate, and why we selected it for our spirit. The flavour and aroma are due to more than 35 volatile compounds, especially pyrazines and aldehydes formed when the cocoa is roasted. As this process is critical to the aroma, we roasted the Porcelana beans in our distillery. The actual smell and flavour carriers are the result of flavour precursors formed when the cocoa beans are fermented. In the case of the Criollo, these are nutty and caramel-like, along with fruity and floral to herbaceous woody notes that produce an extremely complex blend of aromas that are superbly reflected in our spirit. A unique treat with a lingering chocolate aroma. You’ll enjoy it poured neat over desserts or in cocktails.

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  • No 400 Piedmontese Hazelnut

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    No 400 Piedmontese Hazelnut

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    {Corylus avellana}
    eau-de-vie/spirit

    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!

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    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

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    {Juglans regia}
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    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.

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  • No 425 German Basil

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    No 425 German Basil

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    {Ocimum basilicum}
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    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.

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  • No 430 German Bear’s Garlic

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    No 430 German Bear’s Garlic

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    {Allium ursinum}
    eau-de-vie/spirit

    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. Our farmer from Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania harvests wild garlic leaves before the plant flowers to obtain their full force, as the aromas become less intense after flowering. 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, in their turn, 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.

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    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

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    {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.

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    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’}
    eau-de-vie/spirit

    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)
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  • No 445 South African Buchu

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    No 445 South African Buchu

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    {Agathosma betulina}
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    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, y-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.

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  • No 447 German Dill

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    No 447 German Dill

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    {Anethum graveolens}
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    When a top Berlin chef asks if you’re planning to produce a spirit made from dill, that’s the perfect motivation for starting product development. The first question was what raw material to use, because either dill weed or its seeds can be used. In this case, we relied on our nose and on science: the fresh herb has subtler notes, due to the various stages of ripening of the dill. Once it has flowered, when the seeds start to ripen, the proportion of (S)-(+)-carvone in the essential oil increases. This is responsible for the characteristic aroma of caraway oil. It overshadows other flavour components, such as limonene, a- and b-phellandrene and 3,6‐dimethyl‐2,3,3a, 4,5,7a‐hexahydrobenzofuran (also called dill ether, responsible for the typical dill smell and key aroma). The secret of success lies in harvesting the dill at just the right moment. Further processing also has to be performed with care and skill. This is the only way to capture the potent, fresh, sweet spicy, peppery and aromatic smell in our spirit, with its undertones that are reminiscent of spearmint and nutmeg. We’re curious to find out what our special customer’s illustrious guests will think of the pickled fish he’s planning to make with the spirit. We’re also eager to discover its many other potential uses, both in the kitchen and in cocktails. There should be no shortage of ideas: dill has been used as a medicinal and aromatic plant since the time of the Egyptians.

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  • No 450 Israeli Tarragon

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    No 450 Israeli Tarragon

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    {Artemisia dracunculus}
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    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.

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  • No 452 German Eucalyptus

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    No 452 German Eucalyptus

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    {Eucalyptus species}
    eau-de-vie/spirit

    Evergreen eucalyptus trees immediately make you think of Australia. This is no accident, because over 700 of the approximately 800 to 900 species of this genus are from there. The rest come from Indonesia. They are important because their rapid growth makes them important wood sources. That’s why they are grown in many tropical and subtropical countries. The trees extract such large amounts of water from the ground, however, that this creates a problem in countries such as South Africa, which have to cope with drought. As a result, there is now opposition to them in certain regions of the country. This characteristic is also used for draining swamps. This destroys the breeding sites of the Anopheles mosquito, which is responsible for transmitting malaria. The alternative name for the eucalyptus — the “Fever tree” — can probably be attributed to this, and also to the essential oil, which is supposed to disinfect the air. The fact that it contains an essential oil is why the eucalyptus also unfortunately causes bush fires to occur and then burn for a long time. That oil is extremely important for the production of this exceptional distillate, however. The oil mainly consists of 1,8-cineole, with α-pinene, limonene and α-terpineol also playing vital roles. It is distinguished by a characteristic refreshing spicy aromatic smell, with minty and grassy-green notes. After dozens of experiments with dried and fresh eucalyptus species, we managed to capture precisely this characteristic in our spirit. We can envisage it being used in a Eucalyptus Martini or by chefs who are keen to try out new things.

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  • No 454 Polish Spruce Needles

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    No 454 Polish Spruce Needles

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    {Picea abies}
    eau-de-vie/spirit

    Who isn’t familiar with the wonderful fragrance of pine needles on a walk through the forest in summer? It has a deeply soothing and balancing quality that connects us with the world of nature. But how do you recognise a spruce tree and how does it differ from the pine, for example? That’s easy: spruce needles are prickly; pine needles aren’t. This undesirable characteristic is also the reason why spruce has been supplanted by the ever-popular Nordmann fir as Christmas trees since the 17th century. Although one drawback is that the Christmas forest smell has disappeared from living rooms, as the latter produces almost no essential oil. That’s why we prefer to use spruce for our spirit. Its aromatic organic needles are collected wild and have an impressively high essential oil content. The German pharmacopoeia gives a detailed definition of the minimum and maximum amounts of the following components of spruce needle oil that is used medicinally: α-pinene, camphene, β-pinene, car-3-ene, limonene, bornyl acetate and borneol. Our spirit has captivating strong spruce notes of bornyl acetate, which can be detected even in the smallest quantities. The specially selected raw materials are the reason why this stands out in the distillate. They are easy to distinguish from the aroma produced by freshly harvested spruce tips because the composition of the essential oil changes significantly within the first weeks as the fresh tips mature. The proportion of oxidized terpenes keeps increasing and the non-oxidized proportion decreases. We recommend that anyone still not convinced should try a comparative tasting!

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  • No 455 German Spruce Tips

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    No 455 German Spruce Tips

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    {Picea abies}
    eau-de-vie/spirit

    Young, bright green spruce shoots generally grow in May and should be no longer than a bone of the little finger. The shoots were hand-picked by our farmers in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and macerated immediately at the distillery. After that, patience is needed. Experience has shown that particularly lengthy maceration is extremely beneficial for this spirit made from young spruce shoots. The reason is that the predominant components of the essential oil in the young shoots (unoxidized terpenes) take longer to dissolve during the maceration process we use. This is required to extract the whole range of components. Only what is released by the needles can pass into the distillate during the subsequent distillation. However, the wait more than paid off. The freshly macerated tips produced an exceptionally green and fruity to fresh and spicy distillate with a forest aroma and hints of lemon. It matured significantly during storage and also gained in complexity. Harvesting shortly after sprouting means the proportion of oxidized monoterpenoid ester bornylacetate, with its very strong pine aroma, is less pronounced. The notes of unoxidized monoterpenes such as a- and b-pinene and limonene therefore became more prominent. These are responsible for the aroma profiles above. But enough dry theory: the proof of the pudding is in the eating. So it’s up to the mixologists, chefs and other creative people.

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  • No 460 German Wild Bergamot

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    No 460 German Wild Bergamot

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    {Monarda fistulosa}
    eau-de-vie/spirit

    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!

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  • No 465 Guatemalan Cardamom

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    No 465 Guatemalan Cardamom

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    {Elettaria cardamomum}
    eau-de-vie/spirit

    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!

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  • No 470 South African Cape Chamomile

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    No 470 South African Cape Chamomile

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    {Eriocephalus punctulatus}
    eau-de-vie/spirit

    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.

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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}
    eau-de-vie/spirit

    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) 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-b-ocimene, b-phellandrene, myrcene, a- and b-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.

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  • No 480 German Cilantro

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    No 480 German Cilantro

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    {Coriandrum sativum}
    eau-de-vie/spirit

    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.

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  • No 485 German Cilantro Seed

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    No 485 German Cilantro Seed

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    {Coriandrum sativum}
    eau-de-vie/spirit

    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.

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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}
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    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, b-caryophyllene, a-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.

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