Then, at 3.45 pm, the phone rang. I was invited, along with a mutual friend, to drop everything and hurry to the Blackmint distillery in Môtiers where Yves Kübler had a big surprise for us. Minutes later, as we entered the northern ground-floor premises at 2 Rue du Creux-aux-Loups, we couldn't fail to recognize the smell emanating from the big copper still in front of us. Gleaming like a trophy, this still was made by the Arnold Holstein copperworks in Markdorf-Bodensee in 1992 and the unmistakable aromas wafting out of it were a clear indication of what distillate flowed slowly and inexorably out of its cooler.
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