MONKEY 47 SCHWARZWALD DRY GIN
A curious gin from Monkey 47, produced in Germany's Schwarzwald – also known as the Black Forest – and made with an impressive combination of no less than 47 botanicals. This medley of ingredients includes fruits and herbs that are native to the Black Forest, as well as exotic Asian botanicals, including elderberries, mint, almonds, jasmine, ginger, Vervain and camomile, to name a few. Understandably complex, the palate finds a delicate balance between notes of juniper, citrus, sweet flowers, bitter fruit and peppery spices that lends itself well to use in cocktails such as Martinis and Gimlets, as well as being mixed with tonic and garnished with a slice of orange.
Appearance: Clear with a silvery, glycerous appearance.
Aroma: Crisp and fresh on the nose. The initial perfumed burst is of sweet berry / juniper and assorted fresh citrus peel; further aeration releases pine needle, lavender and clove-like scents. Distinctive and somewhat unconventional, some tasters found the aromatics a little cologne like.
Taste: On the palate, this begins soft and glycerous, gradually building intensity, climaxing in an explosion of peppers; mid palate is off dry and oily with juniper, lavender, pine needle and spice. Some tangy notes in the mouth add extra freshness to the traditional characters. Fairly complex.
Finish: Good balance of all components and racy, fresh finish, flavors persisting into the long, dry after taste.