Weis Kirsch Cherry Brandy (100ml)

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Weis Kirsch Cherry Brandy (100ml)

Elz Valley, Gutach, GERMANY
$11.99 Bottle
  • ABV 40%

Weis Kirsch is a cherry brandy, produced by the same family company for over two hundred years. This dead white, dryish, potent spirit has been popular in Switzerland, Alsace and the German Black Forest for centuries.
As young man who loved nature and its gifts, at the tender age of fifteen, Georg Weis brought the old family spirit recipes to light again and began to produce clear fruit brandies. Georg delivered his brandies with his motorcycle, and soon they were popular throughout the whole region. What Georg Weis had begun as a second source of income in the difficult times of WWI, soon became the main source of income for the family farm. When he came of age, Georg Weis had long known what his life's work would be: in 1924, the Elz Valley Distillery Georg Weis was officially founded. The traditional farmstead was transformed slowly but surely into a modern company.

World War II interrupted this development. In 1940, Georg Weis was drafted. The copper pots of the distillery became a victim of the needs of the Wehrmacht, as well as the delivery truck. When Georg Weis returned home in 1945, he had to start over from scratch. With business acumen and daring, he managed to once again get the distillery going as a working enterprise. The complex was continuously enlarged and the circle of customers expanded. In the early seventies, Clemens Weis, the son of the founder, took over the business, and in 1996 he handed over the reins to the third generation of the family. Hansjörg and Christian Weis today run the company with the same "spirit" and passion that drove Georg Weis 85 years ago.

The distinctive split log bottle used by the Weis company to package its spirits cuts a good figure in every house bar. It's rhomboid form is textured like wood and appears simultaneously natural and refined. The design actually refers back to an old tradition: At one time, wooden forms were used in making glass bottles, which gave the surface of each side of the bottle a special texture. Weis’s split log bottles are of course made with modern industrial techniques. But they are reminiscent of the "good old days" -- the times when many of the recipes for white brandies and liqueurs originated. 40%Alc./Vol.
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Recipe: Cherry Liqueur Strudel


250g (8oz) commercial puff pastry
425g (1lb) can dark cherries
2 tablespoons melted butter 
1 cup soft white breadcrumbs 
1 cup finely chopped walnuts 
1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons Cherry Brandy or Maraschino Liqueur
extra melted butter
Icing sugar

Preparation: Stone and halve cherries; drain. Roll out pastry on a well floured clean tea towel or plastic pastry sheet to measure 35cm x 50cm (14" x 20"). Work with longest edge of pastry to you. Brush pastry with melted butter to within 5cm (2") of edge. Combine melted butter and breadcrumbs and sprinkle over pastry. Mix walnuts, lemon rind, cinnamon and liqueur and place over buttered crumbs together with cherries. Brush edges with melted butter. Roll strudel carefully and place on greased baking tray. Brush over with melted butter. Bake in a hot oven 230'C (450'F) 10 minutes, then reduce to moderately hot 190'C (375'F) for a further 30 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with melted butter every 10 minutes.

To Serve: Dust with icing sugar. May be served hot with fruit sauce or cold with whipped cream.

Fruit Sauce: Add 1 tablespoon Cherry Brandy Liqueur to syrup from canned cherries. Heat and thicken with a little blended Arrowroot. Serve separately.

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