Monkey 47 Dry Gin
Modern Gin — Germany
Reviewed August 5, 2019 (edited February 20, 2020)
This is quite a spectacular, complex, and well-balanced gin, which nonetheless hews close to the core profile that one would expect of gin by featuring a lovely, consistent juniper note throughout the tasting experience. With all that being said, it's also something of a puzzling entry in the genre because I'm not sure how I'd use it if I ever purchased a bottle. This is an insanely expensive liquor, relative to its peers, at $40 for a 375 ml. Is that something you could mix in a gin & tonic or a Tom Collins? Sure, but there's not much point to using this vs. other excellent gins available at the $25-35 price point (for a 750 ml, double the volume) like Plymouth, Bombay Sapphire, Botanist, St. George's Botanivore, or (a local favorite of us in Florida) St. Augustine's. It pours a great martini, but adding any vermouth at all is going to wash out a lot of the subtle flavors that are the reason for its price premium. So, at the end of the day, this gin needs to be sipped neat. Not many people do that (even I don't, other than to get a sense of its flavor before mixing it), so I find it hard to recommend this gin widely. It's a connoisseur's product, and too rich for my blood!
10.0 USD per Pour