Herbal witches and herbal medicine women have known how herbs and medicinal plants from the Black Forest can be used effectively since the Middle Ages. Franziska Kessler was one of them and her knowledge was already appreciated at that time around 1850. She and her husband Andreas were among the first liquorists to produce one of the Black Forest's first herbal liqueurs using their kirsch. Even Emperor Wilhelm I was familiar with this "Badische Caliber" and liked it very much.

The knowledge about the healing effect of Black Forest herbs was as widespread then as it is now. To mark the occasion of the 175-year-old distilling tradition on our farm (founded in 1844) we have recomposed the Badische Caliber using the following berries and herbs:

18 berries

Blackberry
Strawberry
Blueberry
Raspberry
Elderberry
Whitebeam
Mulberry
Cloudberry
Cranberry
Small cranberry
Redcurrant
Blackcurrant
Gooseberry
Stone bramble berry
Red elderberry
Juniper berry
Grape
Wild strawberry

44 herbs

Arnica
Rocketcress
Valerian
Basil
Mugwort
Wild garlic
Savory
Tormentil
Birch leaves
Blackberry leaves
Dill
Nettle
Fennel
Angelica
Verbena
Hibiscus flower
Skullcap
Lady's mantle
Hops
Chamomile
St John's wort
Nasturtium
Coriander
Garlic
Lavender
Lime blossoms
Lovage
Dandelion
Balm
Oregano
Peppermint
Rosemary
Marigold
Sage
Yarrow
Sorrel
Ribwort plantain
Licorice
Black cumin
Woodruff
Thyme
Devil's claw
Lemongrass
Lemon balm