Fortunella – Kumquat distillate | World’s first kumquat distillate, produced by 3 young Belgian entrepreneurs.
Hello & welcome to our Indiegogo campaign!
We are 3 young entrepeneurs from Ghent, Belgium and we would love to introduce you to FORTUNELLA.
What is Fortunella exactly? Well, Fortunella is a Kumquat based spirit of 40° ABV intended as a base spirit in cocktails or pure as a digestive. Kumquats originate in Asia and look like an orange, egg-shaped citrus fruit. Being the only citrus fruit with a consumable peel, they are a wonderful fruit for making a spirit. Their flavour profile is a combination of sweet, sour and floral notes. In the finished product this results into a very aromatic spirit: fruity character surrounded by the fragrance of the essential oils. On the first sip you capture the rich mouthfeel with a full-bodied kumquat flavour. The long maceration captures all the essential oils giving this soft touch to the tongue, pleasant perfume with a long finish of citrus and cardamom.
Three years ago, Frederic joined a cocktail competition. During his testing he ended up creating the very first version of Fortunella. A little while later he decided to get help, joining forces with Thomas and Kamill. After 2 years we can finally say we have a product to be proud of.
We macerate the kumquats in brandy for 3 months. Afterwards we distill the liquid and add some cardamom. All in purpose of the amazing citrus aromas and fruity flavours you get from the kumquats.
Why did we decide on making Fortunella? We know for a fact that citrus in all its shapes and sizes is one of the most loved fruits. Especially in the cocktail world. We captured the fresh and aromatic essence you get from the kumquats. A truly new and innovating spirit.
A little bit more about the creators. Frederic Geirnaert is a bartender working in Jigger’s Coolers & Cocktails in Ghent. He has a passion for creativity and innovation. Thomas Devenyn is a chemist educated in Food Science. Kamill Cosemans is a talented photographer and graphic designer. The three of us have been working on Fortunella for two years already, trying to make our product perfect.
To make this story a reality we need help. Producing & selling a spirit in Belgium is not easy and costly. That’s why we’re asking you to help us. Of course we don’t want your money for free. We are offering you a chance to buy the first bottles or some merchandise. Quid pro quo.
What we need & what you get
Our target for this campaign is 7000 euros. With this money we want to invest more money in our production. Production wise, the more money we can collect, the larger amount of Fortunella we can make, the cheaper we can sell it to you. Win win right?
Why would we be any better than someone else trying to make you an alcoholic?
Frederic is a skilled bartender who already has a wide array of cocktails waiting for you guys. From something plain and simple to something high end and unique. It’s time for change! These days we crave for innovation.
We want to contribute a new, high-quality product for your enjoyment. Our vision for the future is to make a whole new range of crazy spirits.
The rest depends on the bartenders and chefs to get even more crazy with Fortunella. There are a lot of possibilities and this is only the start.
Risks & challenges
It’s not gonna be easy, excise duties and taxes are rough in Belgium.
It’s a big advantage that our team consists of 3 very different people with a very particular skill set. And we will find you and we will make sure you get to taste FORTUNELLA.
It’s about making a quality product. And we believe in our product ! So please check out what we have to offer and thank you for taking the time.
SPREAD THE WORD, DRINK FORTUNELLA
AND SEE YOU SOON IN A BAR NEAR YOU !
Thomas, Kamill & Frederic
Founders & owners of Fortunella group.