“Franziska, the distiller” is written in curved letters on the modern, sandstone-coloured concrete building – Germany’s only distillery shop. Inside, Franziska Bischof fills up the shelves. With a few final touches, she arranges the bottles so that the names of the fine brandies are easy to read. Model Boy, Rebel, Scoundrel, Dreamer and Shaman feature on the labels in bright colours.
“One of my favourites is ‘The Poacher’, a rowanberry spirit”, says the distiller. It tastes earthy and nutty, almost manly, she adds. On the other hand, she associates something feminine with the quince brandy “Queen of Hearts” – because of its fruity, flowery taste. “These characteristics are how I choose the names for my products.”