What did you do before creating your distillery and Edelwhite Gin?
My background is in the hospitality industry. I ran hotels and restaurants with my husband for 30 years.
What made you decide to create your gin and distillery?
I took the WSET (Wine and Spirits Educational Trust) Diploma course, and for our Thesis at the end we had to write a 3,000 word essay on wines or spirits. I thought I would take it a step further and create a product that mirrors the Unesco Biosphaere area of Switzerland where I live. The title of the project was 'From Botanicals to the Bottle'.
Can you tell us more about the distillery and still?
The distillery is located in a building with a unique concept. We are 3 individual companies all under one roof. Edelwhite Gin, Entlebucher Bier (Beer) and Lindenhof Hotel and Restaurant. The still has 150L capacity.
Can you tell us more about the distillation process and botanicals?
During distillation I separate the floral and herbal botanicas from all others. As the vapour rises it seeps separately through the botanical basket, guaranteeing intense floral and herbal aromas in the final product. There are 27 botanicals in total in my original recipe, and 14 of these are local, growing in fields, meadows and mountainsides close to my home.
What can visitors experience if they visit the distillery?
I offer distillery tours, Gin & Tonic tastings and Global Gin tastings. With my six 3L stills I have Edelwhite Gin Workshops where each participant can create their own gin recipe and take home a 500 ml bottle afterwards.
What have been the biggest challenges and achievements so far?
Winning World’s Best Gin in the IWSC (International Wine and Spirits Competition) in 2019, just 2 years after founding the company was my biggest achievement. Unfortunately I couldn’t share the glory with my co-founder, Sandra, as she passed away just days before the announcement.
We are also proud of our Winter Gin - the bottles are hand stamped by challenged young people at a local institution where my daughter works. Part of the sale price of each bottle then goes directly to them for daily outings and summer camp.
What's your favourite way to drink your gins?
Which gins would you always have on your gin shelf (other than your own of course!)?
How would you describe your gin in 3 words?
Heart and Soul.
What's next for you and your Edelwhite Gin - any exciting plans?
I will be purchasing a trailer and creating an Edelwhite Mobile Gin Bar that can travel to events. I also have a few new recipes to try out in the New Year...
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