The spirit manufacturer “Stobbe 1776” distills the most traditional gin in Germany. Decades ago, under the name Stobbe Machandel – Machandel being the Low German term for juniper – this gin became famous as Germany’s first gin.
To this day, in partnership with a Black Forest distiller, the Middle Franconian manufacturer refines the Machandel with the fruitiness of black current and the subtly tart taste of bergamot, creating a uniquely fruity, dry botanical London Dry Gin called Stobbe 1776 Blackcurrant, and thus continues a century old company tradition.Moreover, the Original Wacholderbrand Stobbe Machandel is produced for both wholesale and special occasions. The clear juniper distillate developes the fine aromas and distinct flavour of this ancient cultivated plant, which ends on a dry note. The fine distillate tastes fantastic unchilled, classically served in a glass with a prune.
The Middle Franconian manufacturer “Stobbe 1776” can look back on a centuries old history. The Stobbe family’s history can be traced back to 1766 – the spirit factory was situated in Tiegenhof near Gdansk at the time. In the same year, a member of a Dutch Mennonite family, namely Peter Stobbe, bought the factory and began to develop a juniper liqueur, the Machandel, following his own secret recipe from home. For the fifty years that followed, Peter Stobbe ran the distillery with great success and expanded it significantly by opening up a large corn spirit distillery. In 1823 the distillery was handed down to his son, Hermann Stobbe. Before both World Wars the distiller boasted a large turnover, selling up to a million litres of spirit a year, mainly Machandel. Many barrels were kept back to mature, since this would increase the distillates value. These limited, special distillates were then distributed as Finest Table Machandel or Jubilee Machandel. World War I and the separation of the free state Gdansk from Germany stopped their sales, and at the end of World War II the company was seized by the Red Army. Today, the manufacturer is run by Uta Stobbe, who acquired the rights to the oldest gin in Germany in 2014 and in so doing got the family its company back. This year the producer is celebrating 240 years of the Stobbe Machandel brand.