A tremendous gin with a history going back to the 1940s. After the end of World War 2, Wing Commander Montgomery Collins turned his attentions to rebuilding Berlin. Monty, as he was known, revived the Berlin Zoo, and befriended a monkey named Max. He left the city, and eventually came to set up a bar and guesthouse in the Black Forest. The institution was named The Wild Monkey, after Max of the Berlin Zoo. The Black Forest has always been known for its wonderful fruit liqueurs, and Collin was inspired by what he saw (and drank!). Collins began to work on a spirit of his own, creating a Schwarzwald Dry Gin which used local botanicals. This became the signature serve of the Wild Monkey, until the guest house closed in the 1970s. In 2006, the story was discovered by Alexander Stein, who was part of a large distilling family. He decided to recreate the gin, using 47 different botanicals, including an iconic fruit of the Black Forest: cranberries. This edition macerates sloes (also from the Black Forest) in the spirit, adding a rich, sweet, berry-led note to the wonderful complex botanicals of the gin. The sloes give the spirit a marvellous rosy shade. This is bottled at 29%, and is a lovely after dinner liqueur, and perfect for use in classic sloe gin cocktails.