Monkey 47 is a batch distilled, handcrafted dry gin that skillfully unites British traditions, the exoticism of India and the purity and nativeness of the Black Forest. It is the eccentricity that defines this enigmatic character of Commander Montgomery Collins, from whom Monkey 47 Dry Gin originates. Collins’ childhood as the son of a diplomat in East Asia, his military career in Berlin and his late-adopted home in the Black Forest supply the background for a recipe that represents an audacious combination of 47 handpicked natural ingredients. As a British gentleman, Collins was not willing to give up his appreciation for gin and used regional and unusual botanicals such as lingonberries and exotic Asian botanicals to develop his Black Forest Gin.
In 2006, Alexander Stein, Founder and Managing Partner of Black Forest Distillers, learned of Collins’ extraordinary gin recipe and made the acquaintance of the highly acclaimed distiller, Christoph Keller. Together they fine-tuned the recipe and tirelessly worked to introduce a high-quality gin in honor of Commander Collins and his monkey, Max. In other words, they created Monkey 47, a dry gin with unrivaled complexity and quality, distilled from 47 botanicals and macerated in a combination of pure molasses alcohol and extremely soft natural spring water.
In total, 47 unusual, but predominantly regional ingredients are handpicked and macerated in a combination of pure molasses alcohol and extremely soft spring water from sandstone wells in the Black Forest. Additionally, the piece de resistance is the use of lingonberries, native to the Black Forest, as a “secret weapon.” It is this combination that gives Monkey 47 its unrivaled complexity and quality, which is fully brought to bear through masterly distillation and maturing in traditional earthenware containers for at least 3 months. Its full range of aromas are retained through the use of coarse filtration.
Weather with tonic, as a sling, or a gimlet. This gin has a distinct and pure sent of juniper, crisp and tangy citrus notes, a sweet, flowery aroma, a hint of peppery spices, subtle bitter fruit notes of cranberries and a deep, harmoniously balanced complexity-ex pluribus unum. Monkey 47 is truly full of character!
West Vail Liquor Mart just brought Monkey 47 to their shelf this Fall. Come in and pick up a bottle to be transformed to the Black Forest, and as usual, Enjoy responsibly.
Kyle C – Spirit Buyer