A miniature of the popular German gin, Monkey 47.
This gin has an intriguing history. After the Second World War, an RAF Wing Commander called Montgomery Collins devoted himself to aiding the rebuilding of Berlin Zoo, sponsoring an egret monkey named Max.
Collins, or Monty as he was known, moved to the Black Forest, and founded a guesthouse called “the Wild Monkey”, named of course, after Max. The Black Forest is known for its local fruit liquours, but Monty preferred gin, so used the local fruits and botanicals to create Schwarzwald Dry Gin, the house-serve at the Wild Monkey until its closure in the 70s.
Fast forward to the 21st century and Alex Stein was told the story by a friend, becoming obsessed with the idea of a Black Forest gin. Stein met local distiller Christoph Keller, famous for his high quality fruit brandies, and the two embarked on creating a gin. Monkey 47 uses no less than 47 botanicals, including local ingredients such as lingonberry and cranberry, to create an incredibly complex, yet distinctively Black Forest, gin.
This spirit offers up delicious fruity flavours, with a bright herbaceous quality and a strong, verdant, slightly woody juniper. Bottled at a warming 47% ABV, this is a powerful gin that holds its own in even the most complex of cocktails.
A charming history and a delicious spirit, this miniature bottling has it all.