Schladerer has its origin in the little town of Staufen in Germany’s historic Black Forest. Over 160 years ago, Sixtus Schladerer began making fruit brandies for guests at his restaurant. The product was something intimate, to be handcrafted and served to close friends. It is with this belief in mind that Schladerer is still family-owned and adheres to traditional values of responsibility and commitment to quality above all else. They have the vision and experience to bring the culture and incomparable delight of fruit brandy to all people with a passion for high class spirits. Besides this objective to produce a premium product, Schladerer continues to honor the family tradition of supporting cultural and social welfare projects in the region. Their dedication to quality and socially conscious business has made them a leader, with over 50% of the premium fruit brandy market. Clear fruit brandies are also known as "Eaux-de-vie" in France.
I went to language school (Goethe Institute) in Staufen im Breisgau in the Black Forest. This, of course, is the home of Schladerer Kirschwasser. I used to have German friends who travelled back and forth and would bring me a bottle every now and then. I have looked in some six states and not been able to find Schladerer. Last year I got a Hiram Walker Kirshwasser (so-called). Ugh! It was not even close. Thank you so much for handling and shipping the real thing to me. We use it for fondue, poured over fresh fruit, and as an after dinner cordial. It is the best! -Roger D. Johns
Excellent for sipping and I also use it in my Black Forest Cake.
I lived in Germany for 27 years and learned to enjoy the wide variety of schnapps and other food products available even in the tiniest village. Schladere Kirsch is a legend with connoisseurs of fine fruit schnapps and I am very pleased to have found a source here in the good old USA.
This high quality kirsch is necessary for our traditional swiss fondue. My husband is from Switzerland and makes a delicious fondue with the best Gruyere cheese, morels, white wine and this Schladerer kirsch in the mixture. It is truly delicious. We serve this for entertaining and it is always well received. One of the traditions is to have a toast in the middle of the meal called "coup de milieu". We drink a shot of kirsch and it cleanses the palate and changes the taste of the fondue. It is great fun and a social event. It is hard to find kirsch locally. American kirsch tastes horrible, so I've been buying it from Wine Chateau for a couple of years. It is delivered promptly and we really enjoy it.
Fruit spirits can be divided into two categories: “Wässer” (water) and “Geist” (spirit). Wasser refers to fruit high in natural sugars, Geist is for fragrant but low sugar fruits. The most well know “Wässer” include Schwarzwälder Kirschwasser (Black Forest Cherry) and Williams’ Pear. The most popular type of “Geist” brandy is raspberry flavored (Himbeergeist). Schladerer fruit brandies are best served slightly chilled and neat in an Armagnac glass or Champagne flute. They make an excellent digestif after a meal. Although the delicate nature of Schladerer brandies make them ideal on their own, they can be mixedwith Champagne or sparkling wine, then garnished with the corresponding fruit makes a delightful cocktail. Or add 1 oz. of brandy to coffee for an after-dinner drink. In addition to being an after dinner drink, soaking fruit in Schladerer infuses it with flavor, or they can be poured over ice cream.