• No 495 German Lavender Leaves

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    No 495 German Lavender Leaves

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

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l)
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 69,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 197,14 €/l)
    Spray Bottle 19,50 € (50 ml, 50 % vol – 390,00 €/l)
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  • No 500 Brazilian Roasted Yerba Mate

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    No 500 Brazilian Roasted Yerba Mate

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

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

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    No 505 Indonesian Nutmeg

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    {Myristica fragrans}
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    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)
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  • No 507 Albanian Common Myrtle

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    No 507 Albanian Common Myrtle

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    {Myrtus communis}
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    The organic myrtle we used for our spirit comes from the Mediterranean, where the shrub — also called the common myrtle — originated. The ancient Romans and Greeks (and others from the 16th century onwards) saw myrtle branches and flowers as symbols of youth and beauty as well as virginity. That’s the origin of the custom — still occasionally found today — of using myrtle in bridal wreaths or bouquets. Brides used to plant a twig from the bridal wreath in the ground and let it take root. The verdant plant was taken as a sign of enduring marital bliss and was nurtured. That’s how the myrtle became a feature in living rooms and is considered to be one of the oldest indoor plants. The evergreen shrub bears lots of fragrant small white flowers in summer. After pollination, these develop into blue-black berries. They are used for instance to produce the Sardinian liqueur Mirto Rosso. We aimed to capture the scent of the myrtle leaves, which also gave it its name: the genus name Myrtus comes from the Greek “mýron” (fragrant juice, balm) and refers to this scent. It is based on the components of the essential oil – almost 50 of them, depending on the origin of the myrtle – and mainly contains α-pinene, 1,8-cineole, limonene, linalool and myrtenol acetate. These lend our spirit a distinctive spicy smell with eucalyptus and camphor notes. Creating a spirit makes it possible to use myrtle in the kitchen and bar, which would otherwise be inadvisable because the leaves are bitter.

    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

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    {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)
    Spray Bottle 19,50 € (50 ml, 50 % vol – 390,00 €/l)
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  • No 510 German Oregano

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    No 510 German Oregano

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

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l)
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 69,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 197,14 €/l)
    Spray Bottle 19,50 € (50 ml, 50 % vol – 390,00 €/l)
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  • No 515 German Purple Shamrock

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    No 515 German Purple Shamrock

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

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l)
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 69,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 197,14 €/l)
    Spray Bottle 19,50 € (50 ml, 50 % vol – 390,00 €/l)
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  • No 517 Indonesian Indian patchouli

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    No 517 Indonesian Indian patchouli

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    {Pogostemon cablin}
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    Indian patchouli is a plant of the Lamiaceae genus and is therefore related to mint. Its hairy leaves are reminiscent of stinging nettles, though they don’t sting. They are the reason behind the Greek name for the genus: pogos meaning beard and stemon meaning thread/stamen, as they are slightly hairy. Patchouli oil, which is widely used in perfume, is extracted from the dried and fermented leaves. Some people find the heavy, long-lasting scent of patchouli a bit hard to take. It is a combination of earthy, woody and herby with balsamic and sweet. It is also supposed to be an aphrodisiac; that’s why it was popular during the hippie era of 1968, when it was also used as a form of smellable protest against the establishment and the bourgeois way of life. This species is native to India, Taiwan and Indonesia, where our organically cultivated leaves originate from. We were inspired to produce this spirit by a bartender who loves to use the aroma of patchouli in his cocktails. Not an easy task, but we succeeded after numerous attempts. The main component of the essential oil, the sesquiterpene patchoulol, is easy to identify as it has powdery, woody, earthy and camphor notes. Other contributors to this unique olfactory and gustatory experience include a-guaiene with its balsamic-sweet and slightly peppery nuances, and various other aromas, some only present in tiny quantities. The secret is finding the right dose, because this spirit will only then reveal its true character.

    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

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    {Pimenta dioica}
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    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

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    {Piper nigrum}
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    “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

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    {Piper nigrum}
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    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 525 Spanish Rosemary

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    No 525 Spanish Rosemary

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    {Rosmarinus officinalis}
    eau-de-vie/spirit

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

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

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    No 530 South African Wild Rosemary

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

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l)
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 79,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 225,71 €/l)
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  • No 535 German Sage

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    No 535 German Sage

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

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

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    No 540 South African Golden Sage

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    {Salvia africana-lutea}
    eau-de-vie/spirit

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

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l)
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 79,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 225,71 €/l)
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  • No 545 German Yarrow

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    No 545 German Yarrow

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

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l)
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 69,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 197,14 €/l)
    Spray Bottle 19,50 € (50 ml, 50 % vol – 390,00 €/l)
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  • No 550 German Chocolate Mint

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    No 550 German Chocolate Mint

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    {Mentha x piperita ‘Chocolate’}
    eau-de-vie/spirit

    There are so many mints around the world that it was prophesied in the 9th century that anyone wishing to name all the species would also know how many fish swim in the Red Sea. Therefore, we’ll simplify the subject by just looking at peppermint. The leaves have long been used to treat various ailments, and also as an anticonvulsant. The name peppermint refers to a certain sharpness due to the high menthol content. Together with other components of the essential oil, menthol produces a penetrating, characteristic, pleasant aromatic smell and an equally pleasant, aromatic, camphor-like taste, initially burning, then with a cool aftertaste. This is also true of chocolate mint, which has blackish brown petioles that look very much like chocolate. However, the slightly different composition of the essential oil results in additional chocolate-like aromas, so this spirit gives an overall impression of the famous After Eight chocolate mints. That’s why it goes really well with all desserts (you must try it with ice cream!) or is ideal for adding an unusual touch to meat (game!) and fish dishes and, of course, cocktails. Our favourite option is simple and easy: drunk neat!

    Small Apothecary Bottle 16,50 € (50 ml, 42 % vol – 330,00 €/l)
    Classic Apothecary Bottle 69,00 € (350 ml, 42 % vol – 197,14 €/l)
    Spray Bottle 19,50 € (50 ml, 50 % vol – 390,00 €/l)
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  • No 552 German Moroccan Spearmint

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    No 552 German Moroccan Spearmint

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    {Mentha spicata ‘Marokko’}
    eau-de-vie/spirit

    The wide variety of mints means it’s extremely tempting to use them to produce spirits. From apple mint to lemon mint, there’s plenty of temptation for distillers obsessed by aromas. Following the enthusiastic reception of our distillate No 550 — German Chocolate Mint — we wanted to complement the range with a classic mint, as not everyone appreciates its After Eight flavour. After numerous attempts, Moroccan spearmint with its lime green, pointy oval, rough leaves proved to be the best choice. Morocco’s national drink consists of mint and Chinese gunpowder green tea, with lots of sugar and hot water. The tea is traditionally made by hosts to welcome guests in a ritual ceremony. Moroccan mint lacks the menthol sharpness of peppermint or even our chocolate mint, because it is one of the mints that is very low in menthol. This can be clearly detected when you compare our two distillates. Cooling mentholated and woody notes are characteristic of menthol. In the essential oil of Moroccan spearmint, carvone with spicy minty spearmint notes predominates, along with bready notes that have slight hints of caraway. These aromas are complemented by dihydrocarveol, neodihydrocarveol and limonene with citrus notes. We think this idiosyncratic spirit is an ideal ingredient for cocktails, such as a Hugo or Mojito, or in desserts of all kinds and ice cream, and above all, enjoyed neat at room temperature.

    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 555 German Mushroom Plant

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    No 555 German Mushroom Plant

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    {Rungia klossii}
    eau-de-vie/spirit

    A herb that tastes like porcini? We were somewhat dubious when our supplier sent us a sample of this herb that we had never come across before. However, the shiny, crisp and succulent leaves, with a slightly spinach-like texture, gave off a delicate unusual mushroom-like aroma somewhat resembling that of oyster mushrooms, champignons and porcino mushrooms. And we were sold on it, because this wonderful herb was crying out to be used in a spirit. Following a series of tests, we eventually came up with the perfect recipe, which enabled us to perfectly blend the mushroom flavours into the alcohol. Rungia klossii – the Latin name for the mushroom, originates in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, where it is used as a vegetable by the locals and is also a valuable source of protein, as well as being used in traditional medicine. We recommend using this spirit with anything that goes well with the mushroom-like notes, such as soups, casseroles, stews, salads, sandwiches, wok dishes and, naturally, mushroom dishes. But please note: as with the fresh leaves, you should only add our spirit to a dish when it’s cooked or almost ready, so as not to dull the beautiful aromas with too much heat!

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    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

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    {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 565 Israeli Thyme

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    No 565 Israeli Thyme

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    {Thymus vulgaris}
    eau-de-vie/spirit

    If a friendly bartender at one of the top-class bars is so delighted by your thyme spirit after one a tasting that he decides to use it in a mixology competition, that’s a sign that all the effort paid off, from optimally harvested, aroma-rich raw material, through to time-consuming manual crushing and special maceration of the tiny thyme leaves, to the especially careful distillation of the sensitive ingredients. This produced an essential oil with the phenolic monoterpenes thymol and carvacrol as its main components. As the key aroma, the green, spicy, slightly flowery and cooling nuances of the thymol are responsible for the characteristic thyme aroma. Up to 250 species belong to the genus Thymus, but only two, including the “vulgaris” used by us, are authorised for use in the production of the pharmaceutical drug “Thymi herba” according to the European pharmacopoeia. The drug was already used in ancient Greece. Nowadays it is accepted as a traditional herbal medicinal product that can help to treat bronchitis and catarrh in the upper airways and inflammation of the mouth mucosa, for example. But now – after this excursion into the world of thyme – let us go back to our spirit made from the same herb. It blends all the complex and Thymus vulgaris aromas with the wonderful restrained sharpness of the alcohol and jazzes up savoury and sweet dishes, such as ice cream, and also drinks. But try adding it to champagne!

    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

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    {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

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    {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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  • No 580 Thai Lemon grass

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    No 580 Thai Lemon grass

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    {Cymbopogon citratus}
    eau-de-vie/spirit

    When purchasing raw materials, luck is also an important factor. In the case of the lemon grass, we were extremely lucky: our buyer scoured Thai markets to find the most aromatic lemon grass. And he came up trumps, as you can smell and taste when you enjoy this outstanding spirit. Its strong, intensely fresh, somewhat “green” lemon aroma is mainly due to a mixture denoted as citral of two isomers, monoterpene aldehyde geranial and neral, with smaller amounts of b-myrcene and numerous other components. They create a spirit with an unparalleled lemon freshness and naturalness, which prompts one to ask what it can’t be used with, rather than vice versa. It is ideal for pure pleasure, for example, in Asian food, where its aromas contribute that special something. It adds a subtle lemon touch to dressings, jams, salads and desserts, and lends an exotic hint to drinks such as herbal tea or cocktails. The grass also has other properties which explain its traditional use in other parts of the world. It is said that the flowers used to be smoked by shamans on Lake Tanganyika to induce dreams that enabled them to predict the future.

    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 585 German Lemon Balm

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    No 585 German Lemon Balm

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    {Melissa officinalis}
    eau-de-vie/spirit

    The Latin name Melissa, as it is also often called, is revealing: the Greek words melissa and meli, which mean bee and honey, give an idea of how popular the honey-rich small whitish flowers of lemon balm are with bees. Artepitheton officinalis, on the other hand, is a reference to the medicinal use of the plant. Due to their calming and carminative effect, the leaves are used to treat sleep disorders and functional gastrointestinal disorders but have also long been widely used as a spice in Europe. Among the numerous ingredients of Melissa that are the reason for its widespread use, we are mainly interested in the essential oil, because this is responsible for the smell and taste of our spirit. Its aromatic, lemony, spicy aromas are mainly contributed by the monoterpene aldehydes citronellal, geranial (i.e. citral a) and neral (i.e. citral b), in which the proportion of the first one mentioned varies considerably according to the country of origin. Geraniol (flowery and rose notes), linalool (floral and woody notes) and other terpenoid substances also contribute to the refreshing overall impression that sets our pure Melissa spirit apart. We highly recommend using it for mixing, in fine cuisine or drunk neat at room temperature for immediate enjoyment.

    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 590 German Lemon Verbena

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    No 590 German Lemon Verbena

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    {Aloysia citrodora}
    eau-de-vie/spirit

    Foodies and gourmets of the world rejoice; this spirit is absolutely incredible! The fragrance of the elongated leaves from our supplier of exceptional herbs was indescribably intense. By just slightly rubbing and cutting the verbena, an inevitable part of the processing, we were enfolded in a cloud of the freshest, most fruity lemon fragrance, which is why we very quickly overlaid it with alcohol because the flavours should be enjoyed in the spirit rather than simply creating a pleasant aroma during manufacturing. The raw material lives up to its Latin name citrodora. It is amazing how many members of the vegetable plant kingdom are blessed with the beautiful citrus aromas of citral without being even slightly botanically related to each other. But even more surprising is the fact that every single spirit produced from them has a completely different character when combined with the other aromas of the essential oil. In the verbena, it is mainly limonene, which also contributes its own lemony notes. Other than strongly recommending drinking it neat at room temperature for pure enjoyment, or topping it up with champagne, we’ll leave it up to the creative talents in award-winning kitchens and top-bars as well as connoisseurs to decide what else they can do with it. We look forward to hearing from them!

    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 600 Rhoen Mountain Meadow Hay

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    No 600 Rhoen Mountain Meadow Hay

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    {Faenum montis}
    eau-de-vie/spirit

    You can only appreciate nature with all your senses if you’re in the here and now. Many people achieve this by going into the wild and getting away from it all. It may be that there are basic instincts in us, deeply rooted in our genes, that make us stay still at such times and heighten our perception. The scents that surround us during these carefree moments are deeply embedded in our olfactory memories. That’s why many people associate the fragrance of hay with a summer stroll through the fields and meadows of their childhood. We aimed to preserve this exact smell in a spirit so as to have it handy at all times. For this, we macerated and very gently distilled sun-dried organic mountain meadow hay from the Rhoen UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The result was a spirit that far exceeded our expectations in terms of capturing the olfactory memory. Our spirit made from  mountain hay blends the soothing smell of summery dried hay with the scents of aromatic herbs and fragrant wild grasses as only found in unspoiled nature. It will transport you to a freshly mowed meadow in the twinkling of an eye. The typical smell of hay when the grass is dried is due to the coumarins, which are also found in woodruff, tonka beans and Chinese cinnamon. These have glycosidic bonds in the living plant to some extent and are only released when the sugar is separated as the plants wither. Coumarin with its sweet, herbaceous and spicy fragrance and vanilla-like taste also provides inspiration for creative talents who want to use this unique spirit in the kitchen.

    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 605 Thai Pandan

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    No 605 Thai Pandan

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    {Pandanus amaryllifolius}
    eau-de-vie/spirit

    The plant Pandanus amaryllifolius is the only one of over 600 species of the Pandanus genus with strong smelling leaves. The leaves are used in many Southeast Asian countries as a natural flavouring and colouring in the kitchen, as well as in traditional medicine. Food is wrapped in the leaves before steaming or frying. The flavour and colour are transferred, but the leaves are not eaten. Ideally – as in the case of our spirit – fresh leaves are used. They are much more aromatic as they lose flavour when dried. The plant is sometimes called the “vanilla of the East”, though less on account of its price, as it is cultivated across much of Asia. The flavours are actually responsible for the name. These are characterised as milky-sweet to rose-like floral, and vanilla-like to slightly almond-like and nutty. It’s probably this exotic combination that made such an impression on the friendly Berlin bartender who inspired us to manufacture this spirit. The key component of the aroma of pandan leaves is 2-acetyl-1-pyrroline, which can be detected even in very small quantities. It smells of fresh buttery popcorn and also gives white bread, jasmine and basmati rice their typical smell. Many other components, such as 4-ethylguaiacol (an important flavouring in wine) b-damascenone (also called rose ketone) and 3-methyl-2 (5H)-furanone (also found in soy sauce or roasted coffee), contribute to the sensory experience of pandan. They also lend our spirit a potpourri of flavours, which add that certain something to cocktails and 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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  • No 610 Allgäu wheatgrass

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    No 610 Allgäu wheatgrass

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    {Triticum aestivum }
    eau-de-vie/spirit

    Now that so many people are aiming to improve their individual life experiences, nutrition is becoming more personalised. So it’s hardly surprising that the so-called superfoods — foods with an actual or alleged health benefit — are becoming increasingly popular. These range from the domestic raspberry or blueberry to natives of exotic climes such as the goji berry or Cape gooseberry (Physalis), to chia seeds and even wheatgrass. Detoxifying, rejuvenating and skin-enhancing properties are attributed to wheatgrass, as well as healing properties to assist the fight against serious illnesses. This is where it becomes problematic from a legal point of view, because advertising foods with health claims is only permissible if there is evidence from scientific studies carried out as part of an approval procedure. Fresh wheatgrass has been proven to contain many vitamins, minerals and amino acids, in addition (of course) to the green plant pigment, chlorophyll. All these substances form an integral part of a balanced diet and thus make nutritional sense. So there’s nothing against the occasional “wheatgrass shooter”, as the dark green, freshly pressed juice is called. As only the hardy will want to drink it neat, wheatgrass should be pressed with fruit, for instance. We were inspired by the strong green aroma of fresh wheatgrass shoots, which is why we macerated and slowly distilled the freshly harvested Allgäu organic wheatgrass that was sown specially for us. The result is a refreshing spirit, with wonderful green, grassy notes, ideal for use in cocktails or in the kitchen.

    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 620 Hallertau Hop

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    No 620 Hallertau Hop

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    {Humulus lupulus}
    eau-de-vie/spirit

    The hop is a climbing plant whose species name “lupulus” is the diminutive of the Latin “lupus” (wolf) “because this plant has a tendency to strangle other plants, reminiscent of the way wolves harm other animals”. Hops have been cultivated in Europe for more than 1100 years. The dried female inflorescences are used as a traditional herbal remedy to treat anxiety and sleep disturbances in the form of the medicinal drug “Lupuli flos”. This is probably less well known than their use in beer wort. Hop cones contain polyphenols and lupulin, a mixture of resin and essential oil. While the resin contains the hop’s bitter substances, such as humulones and lupulones, the essential oil is estimated to contain more than 1,000 components, only 440 of which have been identified so far. The most important in terms of quantity are monoterpene myrcene, the sesquiterpenes α-humulene and β-caryophyllene, and the terpene alcohol linalool. All of these are quite volatile and poorly soluble in water. These substances largely evaporate during the traditional brewing method of wort boiling and are only found in appreciable quantities in cold-hopping, for example, in modern craft beers. In our spirit made from hops, on the other hand, all these substances are fully extracted by maceration in alcohol. Their volatility ensures that they transfer well into the distillate, promising the purest hop taste without the bitter substances of the resin. We also followed a tip from the brewers: one aroma hop is not enough – the secret is having the right mix! And naturally it had to be hops from Hallertau, the largest contiguous hop-growing region in the world, where the author picked hops when he was young.

    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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