Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Gin
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An unusual gin from the Black Forest in Germany, Monkey 47 is the only gin we know that uses an incredible FORTY-SEVEN different botanicals. How on earth they managed to balance 47 ingredients into a world class gin shows how talented these folks are. In fact, don't just take our word for it, in 2011 Monkey 47 won the World Spirits Award Gold in the Gin category and Gold for best in class for the Gin Worldwide at the International Wine and Spirits Competition London. Not bad!
So what's it like? Lets start with the nose. Oh there is a lot going on here... woody, vegetable smells under pin fresh grassy citrus notes and botanical sweetness, like a pine forest after the rain. The taste is 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, heavy finish.
I think though the best accolade we can give to Monkey 47 is whenever we ask the gin distillers we know personally what their favourite gin is other than they own, they always, always say Monkey 47!
Region: Black Forest
Style: Botanical Gin