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plant kingdomtop ∧
#21
Monkey 47
Black Forest Distillers
Äußerer Vogelsberg, Loßburg, Germany
  • dry gin
  • H19.4cm Φ7.9cm
  • 500ml
  • 47%vol
the product:
Monkey 47 is a high-quality premium craft gin from Schwarzwald, Germany.
It is based on a recipe created by Montgomery Collins. Collins’ idea was bold enough to add exotic spices and botanical herbs native to Schwarzwald to gin.
Based on this recipe, Alexander Stein from the Black Forest, and a distiller Christoph Keller experimented with botanicals and distillation methods. After two years of development, Monkey 47 was completed.

The basic alcohol of gin is distilled liquor made from molasses, which can stabilize the flavor.
For water, they use natural spring water from the Schwarzwald, which comes from a deep sandstone spring that is said to be particularly soft in Europe.

In the flavoring process, they soak 47 kinds of botanicals, which represent “47” of Monkey 47.
The 47 botanicals are made with more than one-third of hand-picked fresh herbs from Schwarzwald, finest quality spices, herbs, seeds, roots and flower.

For citrus fruits, especially lemons and grapefruits, the peels are soaked raw to further bring out the fresh aroma. Therefore, they are particular about carefully selected organic products.
The method and timing of soaking are varied according to the ingredients.
For example, the lingonberries, which are the source of the soft aroma, are soaked first instead of soaking the ingredients all at once.

The soaked spirits are then extracted in small quantities with skilled distillation techniques while being circulated to draw out the aromas from the ingredients.
To preserve the unique and complex aroma, the distillate is not filtered, but is allowed to age slowly for three months in traditional ceramic vessels.

After aging, it is diluted to the required strength. Again, the natural spring water from the Schwarzwald, which is very low in minerals and salt, create mellowness.
The container is a brown glass bottle that protects the aroma from ultraviolet rays, inspired by laboratory glasses. The ring on the cork is one of the features of the bottle.

It has a gorgeous aroma that has been described as “a fragrance that should also be produced as perfumes”, and has a complex flavor that is woven by herbs and fruits.
It is a perfect balance of English tradition, Indian exoticism, and Schwarzwald nature.

You can enjoy it on the rocks, straight, with soda, or enjoy it as it is, or you can also mix it with tonic, slings, martini, and gimlet to make it stand out.
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the maker:
Black Forest Distillers, the manufacturer of Monkey 47, was established in 2008 in Schwarzwald, Germany, a region with very rich nature. Monkey 47 began with a recipe created by the Englishman Montgomery Collins.

Born in India under British rule in1909, Collins grew up as the son of a diplomat and spent time in Madras. In1945, Collins took on the task of governing the British jurisdiction in Berlin, where he was shocked to see the devastated Berlin and helped Germany recover. After retiring from the Royal Air Force, he moved to Schwarzwald.
In the environment rich in natural spring water and rare herbs, his interest in gin sparked, and he created his own recipe.
Monkey 47's “Monkey" comes from Collins' efforts to rebuild the Berlin Zoo, where he sponsored an East Indian rhesus monkey named Max.

In 2006, a little more than half a century after the recipe was developed, an old wooden box containing Collins' recipe and bottles was coincidentally discovered during the renovation of the building.
Alexander Stein from Schwarzwald, a descendant of the founder of Jacobi Brandy, discovers the existence of this wonderful gin recipe and decides to bring new life to the idea of Collins’ gin.
Soon after, Alexander met Christoph Keller, a passionate local distiller. They partnered, repeated development to created Monkey 47 based on Collins' recipe.

Next to the Monkey 47 distillery, there is a laboratory called BoozeLab. They think about the world of aromatics from a different perspective, and mix botanicals and develop recipes every day in the lab.
Several times a year, they release approximately 500 bottles of the Experimentum Series, which challenges technology and tradition with the theme of food and fruit in cities around the world.
They also produce original tumblers, cups, and books, which are available online.
On their official website, you can enjoy finding the cocktails recipes using Monkey 47 as well as the detailed introduction of the 47 botanicals used in Monkey 47.
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mineral kingdomtop ∧
#20
keeping / cooking / decorating
Glass Jar
Koizumi Glass Works
TAITO, Tokyo, Japan
¥7,150
  • heat-resistant borosilicate glass, stainless steel
  • Φ165mm H223mm 2000ml
the product:
Glass jar with a stainless steel hanging handle and glass lid. Each piece is carefully blown and manufactured using the skills of glass craftsmen. Borosilicate glass is often used in physical and chemical glass because of its thermal shock resistance, which prevents cracking even when the temperature changes from 0°C to 120°C all at once, and its high chemical resistance against acids and alkalis. It can also be boiled, and its removable hanging handle makes it easy to wash every corner of the glass and is hygienic. There are four types in total: with and without a scale, and with and without a glass lid.

Made of functional borosilicate glass, the glass jars have a lean shape and can be used practically for any occasion in life. Ideal for storing food as there is no odor transfer and it is just the right size to hold 2 kg of rice. As it is wide, it is easy to take out a measuring cup even if you put your hand deep into the jar.
It is also acid-resistant and it is ideal to keep pickles, lemon confiture, and pickled plums. Moreover, the spout makes it easy to use.The lid cannot be sealed, but can be used as a dust cover.
It can be used for storing daily necessities, arranging large flowers, or as a wine cooler filled with ice. The hanging handles make it easy to carry.

Even if the glass jar or the glass lid is broken, you can purchase those parts individually.
When washing, use a soft sponge, brush, or scrubber. Use of metal scrubbers, abrasive sponges, or coarse-particle cleansers may scratch the glass.
Not for use on open flames, ovens, microwave ovens, hot plates, gas stoves, ceramic stoves, or induction stoves. When pouring boiling water, please use mittens or other protective clothing as the jar will become hot.

※The photo shows a glass jar without a scale
※Made to order
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the maker:
Founded in 1912 in Minowa, Taito-ku, Tokyo. The company begins manufacturing and selling volumetric measuring glass for physical and chemical medical use and for precise weighing.
Koizumi Glass Manufacturing is one of the few Japanese manufacturers that can melt borosilicate glass in-house. The company takes advantage of its strength in small-lot production by tailoring its manufacturing to the needs of various fields, including physical and chemical glass. It is also actively engaged in product development, such as the production of their original coffee flannel dripper in 2000, and aim to create products that can be used for a long time without getting tired of them, whether they are new products or the same old products that they have been manufacturing for a long time.
Koizumi Glass Manufacturing is dedicated to manufacturing glass products, with a focus on Japan-made products. The founder, Shigezo Koizumi, was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays for his distinguished service to the glass industry.

Borosilicate glass, also known as heat-resistant glass or hard glass, is widely used in scientific and chemical equipments, lighting fixtures, kitchenware, and other products because of its excellent chemical resistance. In addition to borosilicate glass, there are other types of glass around us that are similarly transparent but have different characteristics, such as soda glass, which can be mass-produced as sheet glass and cups, and crystal glass, which is highly transparent and used for high-end tableware, chandeliers, and other decorative items. Koizumi Glass Manufacturing introduces the unique features and charms of "borosilicate glass" on its website and SNS, offering ideas on how to use borosilicate glass in your daily life.

Elaborate scientific and chemical glass, which is difficult to process, is not an easy item to make even for skilled craftsmen. The out-of-spec products that inevitably come out are melted down to reused as glass materials.
During that time, with a female employee’s idea, who thought it would be a waste to destroy usable items, the company started to hold a public garage sales 10 years ago. With this garage sale, the scientific and chemical supplies previously used by specialists became more accessible to the public. The bubbles in the products and the streaks of rolled glass are very popular as a taste of hand-blown glass.
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animal kingdomtop ∧
#10
lighting / wrapping / keeping
BEESWAX
Everywhere
About Beeswax
Beeswax is a refined honeycomb made of wax secreted by bees when they mix pollen and other substances in their bodies. There are two types of beeswax: yellow beeswax, which contains unrefined and unbleached ingredients, and white beeswax, which is bleached and has no scent. Yellow beeswax varies from pale yellow to deep orange and brown, depending on the harvested areas, the types of bees, the types of flowers collected by bees and the amount of pollen. It has a subtle, sweet scent and a slightly sticky texture. Beeswax is antibacterial and water resistant, and has a wide range of uses including candles, crayons, furniture wax, leather creams and balms. It is also used in food such as canelé, which are baked in moulds coated with beeswax, chocolate and sweets. 
Beeswax Taper Candles
Compared to paraffin, the raw material for ordinary candles, beeswax burns slowly with a higher melting point of about 62°C to 65°C and it does not produce heavy soot. To make the traditional European dipping taper candle, you don’t need a mold as long as you have a kite string. First, hold the center of the kite string and repeat the process of dipping both ends to the melted beeswax and drying them. As you proceed, shape the core to make it straight and when the beeswax becomes your desired thickness, hang it up and leave to harden. The process fully utilises the kite string, because by dipping the two ends into beeswax you can create two candles at the same time. You simply cut the string when you want to light the beeswax candles. Their beautiful shape, which is formed as the beeswax drips and dries, captures a sense of gravity. The warm orange light of beeswax candles and their subtle, sweet scent will make you feel calm and relaxed. Beeswax candles were used in the days when there was no petroleum-derived paraffin, gas, or electricity. When you light a beeswax candle, you feel a new appreciation for both nature and electricity.
Beeswax Wraps
Beeswax wraps are made from cloth soaked with beeswax. By using the warmth of your hands and pressing firmly when wrapping, the slightly sticky beeswax paper will soften and stick together.
They can be used to wrap bread or rice balls to keep them dry, [to cover plates or containers, or to fold into a origami bag to hold snacks. Beeswax wraps are also perfect for storing cheese, because they allow the cheese to “breathe" and stay moist. Also, in New Zealand and Europe you could take your beeswax wraps to the delicatessen or supermarket, and ask for your cut cheese, sliced meats etc.. to be wrapped in the wraps instead of plastic bags. So the wraps can be used to live a more sustainable, ECO lifestyle. And also the antibacterial and moisturising properties of beeswax help to keep food fresh and reduce food loss.
The beeswax wraps can be washed in water and reused for 6 months to a year. They are also environmentally friendly and fully biodegradable. With a piece cloth of any size, beeswax, an iron, and cooking paper, you can easily make a beeswax wrap.They can be used to wrap bread or rice balls to keep them dry, [to cover plates or containers, or to fold into a origami bag to hold snacks. Beeswax wraps are also perfect for storing cheese, because they allow the cheese to "breathe" and stay moist. Also, in New Zealand and Europe you could take your beeswax wraps to the delicatessen or supermarket, and ask for your cut cheese, sliced meats etc.. to be wrapped in the wraps instead of plastic bags. So the wraps can be used to live a more sustainable, ECO lifestyle. And also the antibacterial and moisturising properties of beeswax help to keep food fresh and reduce food loss.
The beeswax wraps can be washed in water and reused for 6 months to a year. They are also environmentally friendly and fully biodegradable. With a piece cloth of any size, beeswax, an iron, and cooking paper, you can easily make a beeswax wrap.
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