Our gin reviews have been a little thin on the ground lately, so, to make up for it, we shall be publishing one each day this week (except Friday, when we shall switch to Champagne). Today’s review is of a German gin with an African twist, which I first tried a few weeks back at Dukes Hotel in London.
Elephant Gin is bottled at 45% ABV and contains a mix of 14 botanicals:
The Base Botanicals
Sweet Orange Peel
The African Botanicals
Mountain Pine Needles
The gin was inspired by the founder’s adventures in Africa. This inspired the use and selection of African botanicals, along with the gin’s name and packaging. In addition, 15% of the profits from sales of Elephant Gin go to help support two African Elephant foundations that help to protect African wildlife and curb the 35,00 elephants killed each year for
nose: herbal with a hint of brine. Some leafy vegetal notes and a hint of lavender.
taste: spice comes through and mixes with the green herbal notes. a full-flavoured gin with a smooth texture and building warmth as you sip. A long piney finish with a hint of citrus.
Gin & Tonic
A dry gin and tonic, with a little citrus but it is the spicy notes that comes through more as well as a little herbalness. The spice is not sweet like gingerbread nor is it savoury like curry or chilli rather it is somewhere in the middle. Easy to drink but relatively subtle I think some good fun could be had experimenting with the best garnish.
Strong and crisps Martini (as a nod to Duke’s hotel I used the Diamond Pour method) from the freezer the Elephant Gin is very viscous and has a great texture. The herbal flavours as well as a little citrus and touch of floral comes through to start. This makes way for a dry, slightly bitter juniper/pine on the finish. excellent.
I had an inkling that Elephant Gin would work well in a Negroni and it does. The pine/juniper combination is dominant and the wormwood in the gin really compliments the bitter flavours from the Campari and the vermouth (of course vermouth also contains wormwood). Herbal, tasty and satisfying.
In addition to having an excellent social outlook, superb packaging and an interesting botanical mix, Elephant Gin has a great flavour and mixes well (ultimately, the most important factor). My favourite drink(s) were the Martini and Negroni.
Elephant Gin is available for around £30 for 50cl from The Whisky Exchange