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Batch CLXXXVII. Schwarzwald, Sunday July 05, 2020 NO. 47
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Sad but true

10 year anniversary

All right, we admit it: the idea of selling empty bottles is more than a little out there. Of course, that hasn’t halted our plans to do exactly that for our 10-year anniversary. The circumstances that gave rise to the idea are at once sad and alarming. In biological terms, we humans are also primates – but not one of the 283 species that are currently threatened with extinction. Indeed, our kind...

Bornean Orangutan

Pongo pygmaeus

HABITAT Bornean Orangutans inhabit lowland rain forests, riparian, freshwater swamp, peat-swamp and dipterocarp forests, as well as secondary forests and degraded forests at elevations up to 500 metres above sea level; in some cases, montane forests at up to 1,500 metres above sea level. BEHAVIOUR Orangutans live more or less solitary. Dominant “flanged” males – meaning those with prominent cheek pads – typically preside over a given territory. Other males are subordinate and less stationa...

Milton's Titi

Plecturocebus miltoni

HABITAT Milton’s Titis live only in a small area of lowland rain forest between the Roosevelt and Aripuanã rivers. The species was discovered just recently in 2010 and described scientifically in 2015. At the time, a WWF expedition seeking to establish new protected areas found its way into a nearly untouched region between the two rivers – the habitat of Plecturocebus miltoni. “These days, an expedition that leads to the discovery of a new s...

The Cooler

The perfect Monkey 47 bottle serve

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In collaboration with Studio Mark Braun and the venerable ceramics manufacturer Tecco, we’ve developed a one-of-a-kind Cooler for the perfect Monkey 47 bottle serve. Made of stoneware and finished with the grey salt glaze for which Monkey 47 is known (having already featured on The Becher), the Cooler combines classic design with the ability to keep ice cubes cold for the perfect Monkey Tonic or a neat dram of Monkey 47 Barrel Cu...

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Episode 8: The Wizard of Spruces - BLACK FOREST

Proboscis Monkey

Nasalis larvatus

HABITAT Proboscis Monkeys live along coasts and riverbanks in gallery forests, mangrove forests, and lowland rain forests. Their human neighbours call these long-nosed monkeys kera bellanda – “Dutch monkeys” – because their red noses remind them of sunburned Europeans. BEHAVIOUR Proboscis Monkeys are diurnal forest dwellers that are most active during the afternoon and evening. They spend their nights in trees immediately adjacent to significant waterways. Thanks to their partially webbed feet, they are...

Western Gorilla

Gorilla gorilla

HABITAT Members of the Gorilla gorilla species can be divided into two subspecies: the Western Lowland Gorilla (G. gorilla gorilla) and the Cross River Gorilla (G. gorilla diehli). Western Lowland Gorillas live in moist and rain forests, bog forests, and secondary forests at elevations up to 500 metres above sea level. Cross River Gorillas, meanwhile, prefer hilly, craggy lowland and montane forests that are difficult for humans to traverse. They can ...

Monkey 47 Experimentum Series

2y02: Brussels – Monkey 47, blue mussels, top-fermented Belgian beer, and chocolate pepper

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The art of distillation goes hand in hand with chasing aromas and rendering them in liquid form – although alcohol is merely the medium, not the actual goal of the process. Meanwhile, the world of spirits is divided into categories rather than sensory components and the possibilities associated with them. It’s a form of conditioning that stands in contrast to our obsession with variety and innovation. Why do distillates and spir...

Monkey 47 Experimentum Series

2y01: Tokyo - Monkey 47, Sansho, Kobe Beef Fat Wash

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The art of distillation goes hand in hand with chasing aromas and rendering them in liquid form – although alcohol is merely the medium, not the actual goal of the process. Meanwhile, the world of spirits is divided into categories rather than sensory components and the possibilities associated with them. It’s a form of conditioning that stands in contrast to our obsession with variety and innovation. Why do distillates and spir...

Masters of Wood

A visit to Wilhelm Eder GmbH, a barrel manufacturer in Bad Dürkheim

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This chapter in our never-ending search for unique aromas and new sensory experiments led us straight to the Palatinate (southwest Germany), where wooden barrels are still made by hand for the maturation and refinement of distillates. We even got the chance to watch a cooper go about his work. Once it is cut, the wood is stored outside to dry slowly before being placed in a vacuum dryer at a ...

Golden Lion Tamarin

Leontopithecus rosalia

HABITAT Golden Lion Tamarins live in lowland forests along the Atlantic coast. BEHAVIOUR Golden Lion Tamarins are diurnal creatures that live in family groups of two to 15 individuals. Within the group, only the dominant pair of Tamarins reproduces. Members of each group share a strong social bond. These pint-sized primates typically spend their nights in tree hollows or similar hiding places. NUTRITION Golden Lion Tamarins subsist primarily on fruits. They ...

Roloway Monkey

Cercopithecus roloway

HABITAT Roloway Monkeys live in the canopy of rain forests and gallery forests along rivers. BEHAVIOUR Roloway Monkeys are diurnal primates that live almost exclusively in the canopy of trees. They form groups of around 15 members, which consist of a dominant male, several females, and their young. A single group can comprise up to 30 monkeys, however. Roloway Monkeys use home ranges of up to 190 hectares. They mark their territory by ...

Monkey 47 Distiller's Cut 2019

Nutmeg Mace - Myristicae arillus (Macis)

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After nearly 10 years of these texts, we could probably spare you the introduction, but the newbies will hopefully appreciate a brief review: botanical curiosity, the hunt for exotic aromas, numerous expeditions, Species Rara ... You guessed it – it’s time for another edition of Monkey 47 Distiller's Cut in all its wonderful facets! This year, that good old wanderlust led us not into the depths of London, but to a place entirely abov...

The Tumbler

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In collaboration with Studio Mark Braun and the venerable Glas Manufaktur J. & L. Lobmeyr, we've come up with a one-of-a-kind Tumbler that’s perfect for a sip of Monkey 47. Made of whisper-thin, hand-blown crystal glass and adorned with an optical relief comprising 47 lines, this item produces an incomparable interplay of light and shadow. That said, The Monkey Tumbler makes a solid impression when held despite the delicate nature of it...

Monkey 47 Barrel Cut

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After several years of sensory research and experimentation with all kinds of wood in search of the Monkey’s perfect companion, we’ve adopted a very traditional approach in our hunt for the perfect barrel-aged Monkey 47. This ligneous chapter led us straight to the Palatinate of southwest Germany, where wooden barrels are still made by hand for the maturation and refinement of distillates. Now long since forgotten, the rare wood of t...

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