In May, my wife and I had the pleasure of visiting Botanical Affairs in Berlin. It turned out to be a great experience. Here is a short review.
To me, the name of the place sounds like the title of a morally questionable movie. That might reveal more about my love of gin than you wanted to know…
Berlin is a city with a well-developed bar scene. The latest trends are never far away. There is a lot of cool clubs and places to hang out. This place, however, is not like that. Botanical Affairs is about gin. Period. Trust me; there is nothing questionable about this place.
Situated in Berlin – Mitte, the place is not the first thing you spot when you are walking down the street. A small, black sign on the pavement reveals that we have found what we were looking for. We arrive around seven in the evening. The place is empty, except for the two friendly ladies working behind the counter.
The combination of store and bar make it possible to taste before you buy. With more than 150 kinds of gin and 50 kinds of tonic, there is plenty to choose from. We started by tasting the Berliner Brandstifter Gin. (The name means Berliner Firestarter.) I have heard a lot of good things about this gin, and I was not disappointed.
After tasting a handful of mostly German gins, I ordered a Gin and Tonic with the Berliner Brandstifter and the recommended Fever Tree Aromatic Tonic Water. My wife went for a Ginstr gin with Goldberg Indian Hibiscus Tonic. The drinks are served outside, delicately presented with the bottle of tonic on the side, just as we like it to be.
Afterward, we went back inside for a new round of tastings. This time, we ended up with The Mombasa Club gin and Schweppes Premium Pink Pepper Tonic, as well as the Ferdinand’s Saar Quince Gin with Doctor Polidori’s Dry Tonic Water. Again, the ladies behind the bar shows considerable skills. The combinations were superb. As we enjoyed our drinks outside on the pavement, more guests started to arrive.
Workshops, gin tastings, and event venue
Botanical Affairs in Berlin offer more than just drinks and ingredients. With biweekly workshops and gin tastings, they offer a chance to boost your knowledge about gins and tonics. The place has a cozy atmosphere and is well situated for company events and private celebrations.
Botanical Affairs in Berlin
A place to be re-visited
We left the place with a bottle of Berliner Brandstifter Gin and a couple of tonics. One thing is for sure: The next time we are in Berlin, Botanical Affairs will be on the list of places to visit. The Germans make a lot of good gins, and this is the perfect place to taste them and to take home a bottle or two.