Inspired by the Jura Mountains, a region where a special kind of absinthe has been produced for centuries, Swiss entrepreneur Lars Urfer founded the craft distillery Matte Brennerei in the city of Bern. In the heart of the so-called Mattequartier, one of the city’s oldest craftwork districts, he now creates some of the best gin and absinthe worldwide. In our interview, he has revealed some of his secrets… So far, Urfer has produced two “babies”: the Matte Dry Gin and the Matte Absinthe. “We add 11 different ingredients to our Matte Dry Gin,” reveals the gin specialist. “These include coriander, cubeb pepper and ginger, which lend the Matte Dry Gin its unique fresh and spicy flavour.” The two uniquely flavoured gin and absinthe can be bought through specialist retailers such as Globus and Terravigna as well as the distillery’s website.