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Monkey Business Einspaltig | 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 rearrange the furniture a bit. The minders thus worked with the Markdorf-based coppersmith Arnold Holstein for more than two years on designing and manufacturing a one-of-a-kind distilling operation.

Assembled solely by hand using time-honoured methods and qualitative specifications based on extensive, shall we say, testing, the Apparatus Alembicus Maximus represents the beating heart of the Wild Monkey distillery. During the concept phase, Black Forest Distillers made the conscious decision to reject an industrial approach that would have promised greater production capacity at the cost of quality. True to the Swabian maxim “less is more”, the company thus passed on a conventional 1,000-litre still in favour of four 150-litre distilling vessels bearing the names of other well-known simians. It then further reduced the size of these smaller stills to 100 litres in an ongoing effort to optimise the surface ratio of copper to macerate, as well as the distillers’ ability to fine-tune the extractability of their botanicals to the distillation cycle. Today, King Louie, Cheetah, Herr Nilsson, and Miss Baker handle the distilling of Monkey 47.

Since we can imagine that these names only ring a faint bell for some readers, perhaps a quick refresher on each character is in order. King Louie plays a key role in Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book, namely as the leader of the apes. Cheetah, meanwhile, has been Tarzan’s faithful companion on countless adventures. Herr Nilsson, whose Swedish “mama” was famous for her long stockings and penchant for mischief, wore a tiny woolen jacket and lived together with his friend Little Uncle at Villa Villekulla. His preferred perch was on Pippi’s shoulder. Finally, Miss Baker (along with Miss Able) was one of the first extraterrestrial explorers. After being sent into the vast reaches of space by American scientists in 1959, she was recovered alive near Puerto Rico following a 16-minute flight.





 

 

Monkey Business | 27 Mar. 2017

From the Island to the Bottle - Sicily

Volcano of Lemons

In February 2015, we set out for Sicily – more specifically for the foot of Mount Etna, Europe’s most powerful volcano. Guided by our local expert, Calogero, we visited an old plantation in the Cavagrande region, whose...

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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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Monkey Business | 10 Feb. 2016

The Carnival Steed of Constance

The Polizeiblaetzle and his steed!

The Carnival Steed of Constance
© Axel Hoedt

Led by the Polizeiblaetzle on horseback – Blaetzle refers to the felt scales that adorn the policeman’s garment – the Blaetzle boys of Constance’s fools’ guild roam the city’s alleyways on Holy Thursday in keeping with a long-held Alemannic Carnival custom. Their traditional costume, or Haes, is...

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Monkey Business | 09 Feb. 2016

The Urzels of Sachsenheim

The whip and the Urzels!

The Urzels of Sachsenheim
© Axel Hoedt

Since 1965, the Sachsenheim guild of Urzels has been responsible for preserving and promoting the fools’ custom known as the Running of the Urzels. The main figures in this practice originating from the Transylvanian city of Agnita are the Urzels, fantastical carnival creatures in painted, wire...

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Monkey Business | 08 Feb. 2016

The Butzenzuttel of Hirrlingen

Butz, Butz Dollia, hot an alta Doffel an!

The Butzenzuttel of Hirrlingen
© Axel Hoedt

According to early records, Carnival in Hirrlingen (a community in the Tübingen district of Baden-Württemberg) begins on Candlemas. This holiday, which falls 40 days after Christmas, on February 2, is considered auspicious for cleaning and is therefore the day when Christmas trees are...

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Monkey Business | 04 Feb. 2016

The Rußhexe of Empfingen

Schmotziger Dunschtig and its witch!

The Rußhexe of Empfingen
© Axel Hoedt

On Rußigen or the day of soot, which falls on Holy Thursday (Schmotziger Dunschtig or “dirty” Thursday in the Alemannic dialect), all is quiet on the streets of Empfingen. The residents cower in their homes, only rarely peeking through the curtains to see if the soot witch, known as the Rußhexe,...

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Monkey Business | 11 Jan. 2016

Stuttgart Market Hall: Merz & Benzing

A Monkey Among Beautiful Accessories

Stuttgart Market Hall: Merz & Benzing
© Merz & Benzing

If you had to guess our state capital based on its characteristic features, renowned motor car brands, a football team that could do with some support again this season, the home of countless tinkerers and thinkers, and lentils with spätzle noodles would all be high on the list. And among those...

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Monkey Business | 11 Nov. 2015

Axel Hoedt

Narri Narro to a Black Forest artist!

Axel Hoedt
© Axel Hoedt

Born in Staufen, Axel Hoedt is a true Black Forest original. After studying photographic design in Bielefeld, he has been living and working in London since 1999. The forty-eight-year-old artist has always been interested in Black Forest carnival customs, and his series of portraits, collected...

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Monkey Business | 28 Sep. 2015

Nemestrina

A monkey with a pigtail

Nemestrina

Descending from a genus of macaque, a primate type from the family of Old World monkeys, the nemestrina is a kind of southern pig-tailed macaque. These furry little creatures owe their name not least to their tail, which closely resembles that of a pig. While their back is coloured olive-brown...

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Monkey Business | 23 Sep. 2015

Welcome to "Wunderbar Adventures Of Sophistication!"

Episode 2: Raiders of the lost Bark - PORTUGAL

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