Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin
Monkey 47 // Germany
Hailing from Germany’s Black Forest, Monkey 47 is an exotic gin made with a molasses base. The 47 refers to the amount of botanicals used which includes such unlikely fruit ingredients like lingonberries, blackberries, and honey pomelo. These are combined with a host of recognizable gin botanicals such as chamomile, sage, angelica, coriander, and a whole array of others. Another anomaly at Monkey 47 is that the distillate is aged in earthenware containers for three months before being brought to 47 degrees alcohol with the forest’s celebrated water.
Modern GinAlso has been referred to as "Contemporary", "New Western", "New Wave", and "New American". This style is not legally defined. In general, this category of gin, while it does contain juniper, places less of an emphasis on this botanical. Other botanicals not classically used in London Dry gins are often utilized and often highlight botanicals grown in the region the gin is produced. Most produced as either London Dry or Distilled Gins.
"Monkey 47 is an exquisite gin that pushes the boundaries of how much and what type of flavor a gin can have. The 47 ingredients build off of each other rather than contradict and the unlikely combination of forest fruit and exotic tones of wildflowers and island spices (especially on the balanced and long, rich finish) create a heady beverage that reveals more upon every sip. Juniper is present, but there is so many other flavors present that it is not nearly as dominant as in many more traditional gins. This is truly one of the world’s most complex gins and although we're sure that it would make wonderful cocktails, one should try it by its self to appreciate the full spectrum of flavors."