ROSE & HAGEBUTTE250

Eau-de-Vie

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The basis of this highly aromatic distillate is the Rosa rugosa, a bush rose which is widespread in northern Germany, particularly as a hedge rose on the North Frisian islands, where it also grows wild.

Nose

Jammy, cooked, fruity rose hip aromas with hints of honey. Autumnal, elegant and complex, with interesting aromas of rose petals.

Taste

Soft with typical rosehip tones and a hint of green pepper.

Finish

Pleasant and persistent fruit taste in the finish. The floral aromas are ever present.

Ingredients

Spirit made from rose petals (Rosa rugosa) and rosehip brandy

Preparation

The lightly fragrant rose blooms are 6 to 8 centimeters in diameter, with five loose petals ranging in color from white to dark pink. These delicate petals are harvested from June to July and are spiritized directly with neutral alcohol, without a maceration process. This results in a very fine and intense rose flower spirit.

In the autumn, the Rosa Rugosa grows its rosehip as a fruit stand. The relatively large, round fruits, up to two centimeters thick, turn brick-red when ripe. When fully ripe, these low-sugar fruits are picked, strained and fermented in a controlled manner with acid protection and oxygen exclusion. This is followed by maceration with 5% neutral alcohol.

Distillation is done traditionally, through the rough and fine distillation process. Elaborate double distillation in small copper stills and careful separation of the “heart” protect the aromas and lead to a natural mildness.

Both distillates are then separately brought to drinking strength (40% alcohol) with Bremen drinking water of the highest quality. Bremen’s drinking water consists of 100 percent groundwater pumped from depths of 60 to 80 meters and sometimes even deeper, as much as 270 meters. At these depths, the groundwater is very low in nitrates due to natural breakdown processes.

The next step is non-pressurized filtering through activated charcoal.

The “marriage” then takes place in a mixing ratio that does justice to both individual distillates. The result is a “super cuvée”: a harmonious composition of rose hip aroma of autumn and the sweet notes of the summer rose.

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Bremen
  • Birgitta Rust

    Distiller | Bremen

    Northern Germany in general and the Hanseatic city of Bremen in particular are not immediately associated with excellent fruit brandies. Birgitta Rust is determined to change that. She has turned her passion for flavors and good craft into a profession.

    The distiller received her training in southern Germany, Austria and South Tyrol.
    She successfully completed an apprenticeship at the Bayrische Landesanstalt für Wein- und Gartenbau in Veitshöchheim. Through internships with the best of the guild Birgitta Rust expanded her knowledge and craftsmanship. She is one of the very few women among the best of this male-dominated craft.

    In Bremen, she has not only been distilling fruit from southern German farmers since 2011, but also produces distillates from Nordic wild fruits such as blackthorn, rose hip or sea buckthorn.

    Single Malt Whiskey and Dry Gin are now also part of their range of high-quality spirits.