All of his quinces are hand picked from the surrounding mixed orchards by either him or his friends. The quince is a fruit of the frost meaning it only gets soft once exposed to cold temperatures. The quinces are harvested at their optimal ripeness and spend 24 hours in refrigeration in sub zero temperatures to ease the processing and encourage the development of valuable aromas.
Helmut Nonnenmacher is a konservative and passionate full time distiller than runs his business with support from his wife. Schoenbuch, the area in which his distillery is located, is often referred to as a mixed orchard paradise in the heart of Baden Wuerttemberg in Germany edging the black forest. He insists on maturing his distillates for incredibly long times in glass demijohns, often 10 year. He distills on a full copper pot still by Ulrich Kothe which can be either fired by wood or gas. Three rectification plates provide him the opportunity to even distill very low ABV mashes such as those from rovenberries.
Quince Eau de Vie
Producer: Helmut Nonnenmacher
Fruit: Wild Plum (Prunus)
Yield: 29 plums in each 100ml
Region: Schönbuch, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Altitude: 476 m.a.s.l.
Still Size: 150l
Yearly Capacity: 300 Original Litres of Alcohol
Mashing: Fruit Mill
Fermentation: Semi-controlled, 3-4 Weeks, Closed Top
Distillation: Discontinuous Double Pot Still, Copper, Dephlegmator, Plates, Wood fire/ Gas
Spirit Category): Fruit Spirit