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Monkey 47 Gin 47%

There are 47 ingredients that have found their way into the Monkey 47 gin recipe, some of which are macerated in the base spirit and some vapour infused. Those botanicals that are native to the Black Forest are – angelica root, acacia flowers, bramble leaves, lingonberries and spruce shoots. The juniper berries come from the Mediterranean and the rest of the botanicals are:

Six different types of pepper, Acorus Calamus, almond, bitter orange, blackberry, cardamom, cassia, chamomile, cinnamon, lemon verbena, cloves, coriander, cranberries, cubeb, dog rose, elderflower, ginger, Grains of Paradise, hawthorn berries, hibiscus abelmoshus, hibiscus syriacus, honeysuckle, jasmine, Kaffir lime, lavender, lemon, lemon balm, lemongrass, liquorice, Mondara Didyma, nutmeg, orris, pimento, pomelo, rosehip, sage and sloe berries.

Batch 20/2016

Btl: Mar 2016/ Tasted: May 2016

Pungent and oily aromas of slightly wheaty spirit with juniper, berries, cassia bark, spice and angelica. Intense and complex with hints of orange, lime, wood spice and floral notes.

The palate is soft and oily with plenty of spirit character as well as juniper, berry, cassia bark, cardamom, liquorice and orris root. Hints of citrus and wood spice come through on the middle. Long and citric with a slightly peppery spice finish.


Elephant Gin 45%

Distilled in Germany using 14 botanicals, including African wormwood, baobab. devil’s claw, apple, elderflower, ginger and pine needles.

15% of the profits go to two charities – Big Life Foundation and Space For Elephants

Tasted Nov/ Dec 2013

An intense and peppery nose with juniper, coriander and waxy citrus. Very complex with hints of menthol and sweet lime. With time the aromas become quite creamy with a light earthy cereal note emerging.

The palate opens with waxy citrus, aniseed and juniper before the tart lemon kicks in. Lightly earthy with a pleasant balancing sweetness. Good length with the spices and waxy citrus lingering. Conclusion: A very complex and well balanced gin.

Elephant Gin 45%

Re-Tasted: Oct 2014

Nose: Dense and heavily perfumed with juniper and floral citrus. Lightly earthy with a touch of pepper and developing creamy spirit notes.

Palate: Again heavy on the juniper with tart citrus and biting spices. It’s definitely not lacking intensity! The slightly creamy spirit balances well.

Finish: Good length with plenty of spice, which does bitter eventually and a touch of liquorice.

Conclusion: Lovely intensity.