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Species Rara | 15 Aug. 2016

The Radhaube

High fashion from 19th-century Villingen

The Radhaube

The golden Radhaube – pictured here in all its splendour – is the result of up to 400 hours of sheer artisanal craftsmanship. Though it does require a great deal of endurance from the women who weave it, this traditional headwear serves to this day as a reminder of the good old days in southwest Germany. The citizens of Villingen, for example, continue to wear their city’s time-honoured garb to demonstrate their connection to its history despite having long since broken free of the social class system of the Middle Ages. The Radhaube represents a relic of the dress code common at that time, one that is now mainly worn on Shrove Tuesday. Along with this headdress, a proper lady of bygone Villingen would don a flowing skirt, a jacket whose sleeves and neckline were decorated with pure white lace, and a silk shawl with hand-tufted fringe over her shoulders. Gloves, traditional hosiery, garnet jewellery, and buckled shoes complete the ensemble, but the Radhaube – which is often trimmed with gold lace – remains the primary attraction. The “Rad” (“wheel”) to which the name refers is fastened to the wearer’s hair bun and set at an upward angle. The opulent bonnet’s crocheted gold or metal bobbin lace only covers part of the ear, and box-pleated white lace must feature prominently all along its border.

Photo: Photographer Sebastian Wehrle from Freiamt and fashion designer Jochen Scherzinger from Gütenbach are the creators of the Fabulous Black Forest picture series, which showcases the Radhaube in a truly unique manner.

Opus Magnum | 20 Dec. 2016

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Opus Magnum | 12 Oct. 2016

Monkey 47 Distiller`s Cut 2016

Abietes Melle

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.
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Monkey Business | 26 Aug. 2016

The Monkey and His Simian Sidekicks

King Louie, Cheetah, Miss Baker, and Herr Nilsson

Upon making his move to the Black Forest – to the Schaberhof and the Wild Monkey distillery, to be precise – the Monkey began turning his surroundings into a picturesque new home. Primates are not all that different from people, after all, and relocating typically offers the opportunity to...

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Ency. Botanica | 08 Aug. 2016

Allspice - Pimenta Dioica

A plant from the New World

Allspice - Pimenta Dioica

Allspice refers to the berries of the evergreen pimenta dioica tree, a type of plant of the myrtle family, and is native to a group of islands in the Caribbean called the Antilles. This explains why allspice is also commonly called "Jamaica pepper". Discovered by the same explorer who...

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Prescriptions | 01 Aug. 2016

Sloe Gin Fizz

Hand-Picked Sloe Berries from the Black Forest Served in a Glass

Sloe Gin Fizz
© Jochen Hirschfeld

The difference between a Tom Collins and a Gin Fizz can be summed up using the following simple rule: one is stirred, while the other is shaken. To put it even more simply: The Gin Fizz is a sour topped up with just a splash of soda water, while a lot more soda water is added to the Tom Collins...

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Ency. Botanica | 25 Jul. 2016

Honey Pomelo - Pomelo

The tangy citrus fruit and the Monkey

Honey Pomelo - Pomelo

If you’re looking for the perfect mix of sweet and bitter, keep reading. A cross between the pomelo and the grapefruit, the honey pomelo combines both distinctive flavors. Though native to Asia, it first entered the market in Israel in the 70s as the result of a backcross, which is also how it...

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Monkey Business | 18 Jul. 2016

Philipp Mainzer – The Architect and His Monkey

Architecture & Design: The Distillery “The Wild Monkey”

Philipp Mainzer – The Architect and His Monkey
© Ingmar Kurth

For some time now, Monkey 47 has been produced in the Black Forest at a distillery dubbed “The Wild Monkey”, which is located at the Schaberhof. An idyllic location that, until its purchase by Black Forest Distillers in 2013, was the site of traditional agriculture and cattle husbandry for five...

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Prescriptions | 11 Jul. 2016

Corpse Reviver #2 - The resurrection cocktail

Corpse Reviver #2 - The resurrection cocktail
© Jochen Hirschfeld

We don’t know for sure if this cocktail can raise the dead, but we can safely say that it will help revive your spirits. Lest you don’t have a copy of Harry Craddock’s The Savoy Cocktail Book (first published in 1930) on hand, we’d like to reveal the perfect mix:
2 cl Monkey 47
2 cl...

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Ency. Botanica | 04 Jul. 2016

English Hawthorn - Crataegus laevigata

English Hawthorn - Crataegus laevigata

The thorny, deciduous bushes known as English hawthorns are a pomaceous fruit that prefers a temperate climate. At home among forests and chaparral, this member of the rose family is also found in our European regions, where it can grow up to several meters high and live as long as 500 years....

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Species Rara | 27 Jun. 2016

Hans Thoma

The Painter from the Black Forest

Hans Thoma
© ullstein bild-ullstein bild

Born in Bernau (Black Forest) in 1839, painting offered Hans Thoma a way to escape his origins. After the death of his father, a trained miller who later worked as a lumberjack in the Black Forest, Thoma had to provide for his mother and sister, and so he began painting portraits and landscapes...

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