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Batch CCCXVI. Schwarzwald, Tuesday November 12, 2019 NO. 47
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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...

The Secret to Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Sloe Gin

Today, we’d like to introduce you to the (ok, not-so-secret) main ingredient of our Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Sloe Gin. Blackthorn – or sloe, as Prunus spinosa is also known – is a plant steeped in myth and legend. It's also a close cousin of another stone fruit: the plum, with which it shares its reputation for reducing inflammation, calming upset stomachs, and soothing kidney and bladder ailments. In the Middle Ages, blackthorn hedges...

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Episode 6: Stairway to Borovica - CROATIA

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

Monkey 47 Distiller's Cut 2018

Red Mustard Cress - Brassica Juncea

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As is widely known, our often-showcased botanical curiosity reaches its distillatory crescendo during our quest to find the "Species Rara", that one extra-special ingredient for our Monkey 47 Distiller's Cut. But as lovely as the views tend to be, does that always have to mean huffing and puffing across dizzying mountain ranges? Au contraire... This year, that good old wanderlust and our penchant for experimentation led us into the ...

Welcome to "Wunderbar Adventures of Sophistication!"

Episode 7: The Becher Chronicles - WESTERWALD

Welcome to "Wunderbar Adventures of Sophistication!"

Episode 5: Being German – BLACK FOREST

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 ...

The Becher Chronicles - Westerwald

© Jochen Hirschfeld

Along with our oft-cited botanical curiosity, it's our practically obsessive quest for the highest quality that leads us out on annual botanical expeditions to our suppliers. Orandum est ut sit mens sana in corpore sano - you should pray for a healthy mind in a healthy body. (Citation from Roman satirical poet Juvenal) Spurred on by this quotation and our constant enjoyment of sensory experiments, we set out to find ...

Monkey 47 Distiller's Cut 2017

Iva – Achillea moschata

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Every year, our often-showcased botanical curiosity reaches its distillatory crescendo during our quest to find the “Species Rara”, that one extra-special ingredient for our Monkey 47 Distiller´s Cut. You can probably guess what was on our check list: enjoyment of sensory experiments, a strong penchant for special aromas and – last but not least – a little bit of good old wanderlust! This year’s herbal hunt culminated in an arduous alpine expedition ...

Monkey 47 Distiller’s Cut 2016

Abietes Melle

© Bernd Kammerer

Driven by occupational curiosity, a love of sensory experimentation, and a pronounced penchant for unique aromas, Black Forest Distillers have set out on their search for species rara – the singular ingredient that goes into their annual Monkey 47 Distiller’s Cut – for six years running. In 2016, their passion for the unique led the Monkey’s minders back to the groves and valleys of the Black Forest. This is where the Schaberhof – a farmstea...

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