ANNIVERSARY EDITION BY NYMPHENBURG AND STÄHLEMÜHE
The meteoric rise of Stählemühle is as unique as the taste of fine brandy: Distiller of the Year, the Federal Award, Best of the Best – within three years, Christoph Keller has achieved worldwide fame with his small distillery in Eigeltingen in southern Baden. For its 10th anniversary, Stählemühle and the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg have now joined forces and designed a joint, strictly limited anniversary edition that is one of a kind.
The master craftsmen of the manufactory created a hand-painted bottle made from the finest Nymphenburg porcelain for three of the year's best brandies. The design of the handmade Aqua Vitae bottle is modelled after the shape of the original Stählemühle glass bottles. The decoration is in a deliberately minimalist and modern style: black flowers, leaves, and fruit on a side of the hexagonal bottle form an elegant contrast to the matte white bisque porcelain. The template for the freely hand-painted decorations were historical motifs from botany, which the porcelain painters applied using the finest squirrel hair brushes.
Nymphenburg and Stählemühle chose three feudal fruits for fine brandies for the joint anniversary edition. In addition to the Constantinople apple quince, a traditional favourite among international noble houses, there is the Sicilian blood orange as a reminder of the Orangery of Nymphenburg Palace, seat of the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg. However, a very special highlight is the cornelian cherry anniversary brandy: the fruit in it comes from the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg garden, from the majestic cornus hedges that surround the rose garden and the famous majolica figures.
This anniversary edition is the product of the artisanal perfection and rigorous quality standards of two successful, state-of-the-art international companies. "At Nymphenburg they work the same way we do, entirely by hand with profound expertise and of course a lot of artistic skill," says Christoph Keller. For the ex-art book publisher, who as master distiller is responsible for the famous "Monkey 47 - Schwarzwald Dry Gin" among other things, it is not about luxury, but about "craftsmanship at the highest level." So this exclusive collaboration will delight connoisseurs and aesthetes alike: on the one hand, the porcelain facilitates the maturation of the precious brandy and promotes the development of the flavours. On the other hand, each copy of this strictly limited edition is a unique work of art, made by hand at Nymphenburg, the last manufactory in the world where everything is made entirely by hand.
The anniversary edition will go on sale as of 27 October 2016 with 3 x 32 numbered and signed copies with certificates in an exclusive gift package. The world premiere of the Nymphenburg Stählemühle anniversary edition will take place in October at two exclusive locations: the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg flagship store on Odeonsplatz in Munich and at Andreas Murkudis on Potsdamerstrasse in Berlin. Christoph Keller and Thomas Anders will be available at both presentations for an exclusive designer interview.