The herbal liqueur “HirschRudel”, consisting of 31 wild herbs, is an homage to the grandmother of Dirk Verpoorten, the founder of the spirit manufacturer Seven-Spirits in Bonn.
As a child, Elly Verpoorten loved to go into the forrest to collect herbs. On one of these little outings in 1907, she found a herd of deer eating herbs by the side of the path. Elly returned to the same spot regularly to watch the herd. She also collected and pressed the plants in an album to keep as a memento. Living in Straubing, adult Elly set to work on herb liqueur for a family anniversary. The ingredients, also the name “HirschRudel”, come from the salvaged album from her youth. The recipe containing 31 herbs, among them lovage, gentian, valerian, centaury, angelica, coriander and gypsyweed, was noted down diligently and stored away. Years later, her grandson Dirk found the album in an old suitcase and, in 2014, set to work on a new batch of liqueur. The pleasing herb liqueur comes through warmly and pleasantly. Traces of coffee, dark chocolate, anise and caramel come together with vanilla and nuts to end on a sweet, malt-like note.
In 2007, Dirk Verpoorten founded the spirit manufacturer “Seven-Spirits GmbH & Co. KG” in Bonn. The founder manifests the 5th generation of a well-known advocaat dynasty of Bonn. He completed his range of sirups, liqueurs and spirits in 2014 with a home-own herb liqueur, made from herbs from Germany and the alpine region. The New York International Spirits Competition named this distillate the German Liqueur of the Year 2015, and the World Spirits Award 2016 gave this liqueur the gold medal for Best German Herb Liqueur in 2016.