Vollkorn – full grain distillate by Schmidt & Sons
I was able to finally try the brand new Distillate by Eugen Schmidt Söhne and decided I had to have a bottle of this fine one afterwards. It is made out of various full grains from the south german region, a special “soft” water and great distillery skills to bring out a taste of grain, flour, bread “into the bottle”. With it´s 40% alcohol it´s still a soft and mild spirit absolutely worth a try and beyond comparison to the typical german “Korn”. Check out the website which will show more info soon: http://www.voll-korn.de
Held Vodka from Berlin made there since 1921. Read their story below. My story with Held Vodka will be told after the Vodka got some rest and being used to cure “maladies” with some friends. We will enjoy for sure. If it tastes just half as good as it looks, it will be a great tasting for sure. cu soon! The Meisner family founded their brewery and spirit factory in Upper Silesia in 1906. In 1921, the Berlin residents of the family developed the recipe for Held Vodka.
It was the beginning of the “Roaring Twenties”. Held Vodka was distilled and sold in small amounts from a backyard in Berlin for many years. When the wild times of the twenties came to an end, the recipe was put on the shelf.
In the war years of 1944/45, the Meisner family fled with their entire knowledge via Hamburg to Heide in Schleswig-Holstein. After re-founding the Robert Meisner Spirit and Liqueur Factory there in 1952, they have continued to produce regional spirits successfully.
In 2005, through a fortunate coincidence, two “Berliners by choice” approached the Meisner family with the idea of re-launching Held Vodka. So, the Held Vodka renaissance began, following the original Berlin recipe.
According to the 1921 tradition, the primary raw material is sugar beet mash, triple distilled and specially filtered. Held Vodka is pure and unadulterated, therefore perfect to enjoy straight and un-chilled.
Armagnac Vaghi from 1989: Breaking the tradition of buying a good bottle of Cognac XO for christmas. I went for a Armagnac this year. Armagnac Vaghi sells brandy back to 1928 and probably even older ones are hidden in their cellar. Made from Ugni-Blanc grapes and the rougher not as smooth version of a Cognac, be-cause only distilled once. But after some decades in barrels he will catch up. Sharing with family and friends who will show up. The glass is empty right now, a bit too early. But soon it will be preheated with some hot steam from the espresso machine and filled to Prost with someone. Cu soon.