Mr. FRANZ SCHENK GRAF VON STAUFFENBERG is a remarkable character in Berlin’s contemporary creative coterie. Since abandoning the art collective RothStauffenberg he has been working as an independent artist and has just finished a movie “Fahrgastzelle”, which is a meditative collage of economics, sexual politics and the allure of Porsche. But on to today’s tip: only a few years ago, FRANK (whose great-uncle CLAUS SCHENK GRAF VON STAUFFENBERG famously tried to assassinate HITLER in 1944) started his career as a producer of OBSTBRAND, a fine spirit made from distilling rare fruits such as the wild ELENA PLUMS that went into the version shown (and tasted!) here, from 2011. Sold under the illustrious STAUFFENBERG name, it has exactly the right mix of rawness and refinement that one wants from such a spirit, and has little to do with the kind of sorry schnapps that one might find at a mountain resort. As it can take a tonne of fruit to make just a couple of hundred bottles, the spirit is in SHORT SUPPLY, which makes it all the more tantalising. The bottle pictured here is in fact numbered: it is number 54.