HHV x Freimeisterkollektiv Selection Box (Assorted)

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The HHV x Freimeisterkollektiv Selection Box is composed of three bottles with 200 ml of noble drops each - all bottles were equipped with the HHV Bottle Cap Label and comes in correspondingly designed HHV x Freimeisterkollektiv boxes, limited to 85 pieces.

HASELNUSS (WACHOLDER) Spirit Drink, 41.5 % vol. by Freimeisterkollektiv

Hazelnut is one of the most popular German spirits. Often, however, the taste is more reminiscent of the liquid form of the well-known nougat spread. Freimeisterkollektiv managed to create a more complex and, above all, natural alternative.

WERMUT UHUDLER Fortified Wine, 22 % vol. by Freimeisterkollektiv

Forbidden fruits should taste sweeter and somehow more appealing. Uhudler, a unique wine cultivated in a small Austrian region between southern Burgenland and eastern Styria, has been subject to repeated bans and restrictions. Even today, it is only permitted because it is not classified as a wine per se, but rather as a “fruit wine”. Lisa Bauer transforms this regional and occasionally outlawed specialty into a vermouth for the Freimeisterkollektiv.

Intense aromas of strawberry and black currant create the characteristic taste of the Uhudler. The grape varieties used are highly resistant to phylloxera and other diseases. Uhudler is made from several types ungrafted hybrid grape varieties. The varieties used are hybrids developed from crosses between the European species Vitis vinifera with the North American Vitis labrusca and Vitis riparia. It is the Vitis labrusca that gives the wine its signature strawberry taste. This aroma is also called “foxy”, long considered a derogatory term.

Uhudler hails from the days of the great phylloxera infestation of 1860. The aphid arrived in Austria in the second half of the 19th century. In a scenario resembling the script of a horror film, the pests came along with imports from America and destroyed almost all the grapevines of Europe. Whole wine-growing regions were deprived of their economic mainstay, threatening the very livelihoods of vintners. Within a few years, wine production was reduced to a fraction of its previous output.

With no sign of a solution, desperation grew. Offerings and prayers to the old pagan gods and toads buried near rotten vines proved to be as unsuccessful against the invasion as other “miracle cures” such as cow urine, powdered tobacco, whale oil and countless others. Renowned scientist Louis Pasteur was appointed by the French Ministry of Agriculture as head of a phylloxera commission. However, he too was unsuccessful.

After many failed attempts to halt the devastating pandemic, pest-resistant North American vines were imported into Europe for wine production, including some of those now used in Uhudler. Hybrid direct carrier varieties were created during this time, through numerous crossbreeds between North American and European grape varieties. However, the results did not always appeal to established European tastes. It took the groundbreaking discovery of Jules Émile Planchon, who grafted European Vitis vinifera vines onto the phylloxera resistant rootstocks of American vine species, to save European wine culture.

After the phylloxera invasion was ended, by grafting European vines onto resistant American roots, the unpopular direct carrier varieties fell into disrepute. To damage the reputation of North American vine wines, it was claimed that they contained high levels of methanol and were dangerous to drink. Uhudler was dubbed the “Rabiatperle” (“rabid pearl” in the local dialect), as it was said to make the drinker particularly aggressive. Bans and restrictions on its cultivation and sale resulted and, as is so often the case, led to an increase in popularity.

For winemaker Lisa Bauer, who tends her grandmother’s Uhudler vines, it was a special challenge to transform the typically intense strawberry note of this acidic wine into a harmonious vermouth.

RHABARBER Liqueur, 22 % vol. by Freimeisterkollektiv

Many small liquor producers source their ingredients from major manufacturers specializing in the distribution of fruit juice, nectar or concentrate. On top of that, ethanol of agricultural origin is frequently used as the alcoholic base for liqueur production. So the consumer might get the impression to have acquired a liqueur from a small, regional producer, but all ingredients come from industrial suppliers.

The Freimeisterkollektiv goes another way. Freimeisterkollektiv asked Matthias Schulz, who leads a fruit press house and distillery in the fourth generation and the liqueur expert Gerald Schroff of the Preussische Spirituosen Manufactur in Berlin if they want to join and create a rhubarb liqueur only with homemade rhubarb juice and rhubarb brandy.
Item Details
Item No: 880429
Brand: HHV
Item: Selection Box
Category: Accessories, other Accessories
Color: Assorted
Price: 27,95 €
Weight: 5000g (plus 250g Packaging)
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