Bibergin is a sort of Gin that tastes like a traditional «Biber». At the moment, there exist only 214 bottles of Bibergin in the whole world! So you’ll have to be quick if you want one! But let’s start at the beginning: When I met Benjamin the first time – I quickly realized that he is very versatile and there is a surprising story behind.
Benjamin passed the examination as baker and pastry chef, at the moment he is studying biomedicine (since 2018) and besides his studies he founded his own company (BIBERGIN GmbH), which produce quality classic «Dry Gin». He also painted the label of the Bibergin by himself. It all happened at the beginning of this year (2019) when he and his brother drank different kinds of gin and talked about whether it would be possible to make a really good gin. Because of his education, he already knows all ingredients of the traditional «St.Galler Biber». Some of them are: orangezest, clove, cinnamon and almonds.
«Gin can be so different on the nose than it is on the palate. The things you’re experiencing when you’re smelling it can be so different than what it will taste like.»
Benjamin inviting me to take a swig of his Bibergin (42%) and in facts it really tastes like a Biber. We talk a long time about how he produce his Bibergin. In fact, every gin has a different recipe, but all gins are flavoured with botanicals (if possible he uses only regional ingredients) and all must contain juniper. There are 12 different botanicals in the Bibergin. To keep a gin brand consistent in the light of the complex recipe and naturally variable ingredients is a real challenge.
If you are that kind of person that swear up and down that you don’t like gin – believe me there’s always a gin you’ll like – if you just try enough of it. There is a gin out there for everybody; it’s just a matter of whether or not you want to find it, because it does take some doing and practice and time to go through and find what sorts of flavors you really love.
If you want to taste the Bibergin, you can try it out in the following bars, hotels or restaurants: Café Gschwend, Lunaris Bar, Irish Pub, Südbar, Netts, Hotel Weissenstein, Säntis, Hof Weissbad Appenzell. And if you want to buy a bottle, you can write Benjamin an E-Mail or wait until January 2020, when his shop will be online!