Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin 500ml


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Just another gin? Certainly not! Admittedly, it appears somewhat eccentric to claim that a recipe for gin has the power to unite great British traditions, the exoticness of India, and the purity and nativeness of the Black Forest.

And yet it is precisely this eccentricity that defines the enigmatic character of Montgomery Collins, from whom our Schwarzwald Dry Gin originates.

MONKEY 47 – Distilled from 47 predominantly unusual but regional botanicals such as lingonberries and blended with natural spring water.

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The great British tradition of London Dry Gin is united with the spces of India and the raw, unspoiled nature of the Black Forest. Our story begins in the 1950s. Following his childhood as the son of a diplomat in Madras and a career in the British Air Force, love draws Wing Commander Montgomery Collins to an isolated valley in the Black Forest, where he takes over the “Wild Monkey” guesthouse.

Here, he becomes acquainted with the great Black Forest tradition of distilling fruit and – out of a longing for his own British passions – develops a special gin, which becomes a trademark of the “Wild Monkey” right through to the 1970s.

And what’s more, from the Black Forest, which has always been known more for its fruit brandies and cuckoo clocks than for Britain’s national drink? Well, actually, it’s not as strange as it might seem. In the strictest sense, a gin is a combination of spirits distilled from herbs and fruits. And nowhere else in the world will you find the wealth of distilling expertise and centuries of experience that there is in southern Germany.

This is where the world’s most renowned distillers work, and where traditional coppersmiths build the best distilleries.

Access to fresh ingredients of the highest quality is virtually unlimited, and the Black Forest water sourced from deep sandstone springs is one of the softest and mildest waters in Europe.

So it seems perfectly logical since the prerequisites for a premium gin from the Black Forest were already in place.

So the idea was born, a plan drawn up, and the Black Forest distillers had forged their partnership. Montgomery Collins’ Black Forest Dry Gin was to be reborn: a master quality gin with floral notes, the freshness of tangy citrus fruits, a clear juniper tone, a peppery, spicy mouthfeel and a subtle hint of cranberries to give it that certain “je ne sais quoi”.

Produced exclusively by hand using traditional distilling methods and 100% fresh plant ingredients and married with the soft water of the Black Forest.

Its name says it all: Exactly 47 different plant ingredients have found their way into the “Monkey 47” recipe.

A recipe that is naturally a carefully guarded secret and known only to Alexander Stein and his distiller, Christoph Keller.

Nose: Woody, vegetable smells under pin fresh grassy citrus notes and botanical sweetness, like a pine forest after the rain.

Palate: Predictably complex, this is a robust and powerful gin with plenty of spice, fruit and herb flavours. It’s very well structured, and difficult to unpick but a citrus fresh start segues into pine and wood notes for a drying finish.

Finish: Wooded and reassuringly heavy.

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