Cocktails with… Elephant gin

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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

Juniper
Sweet Orange Peel
Cassia Bark
Ginger
Lavender
Fresh Apple
Elderflower
Pimento Berries

The African Botanicals

Mountain Pine Needles
Devil’s Claw
Buchu
Lion’s tail
African Wormwood
Baobab

Elephant Gin Bottle

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
their ivory.

Own
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.

Martini
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.

Negroni
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 Conclusion

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

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About DTS

partial to a martini? to a smoke-hazed gin joint & a perfect tipple poured with the style, swank & skill of a true aficionado? …then pull up your stool to the bar, prepare to stock up your cocktail cabinet & get ready to drink it all in as we introduce you to a stitch in times’ resident barman… David T. Smith is a drinks enthusiast currently residing in the U.K. a long-time fan of tasting & exploring various types of alcohol, he has a fascination for vintage spirits and cocktails, in particular their heritage & origins; this was strengthened last year when he presented a talk and accompanying monograph on the Martini. it was as a result of his research of this topic that he was introduced to drinks paraphernalia, & he is now the happy owner of a colourful collection of bottles, books, and gadgets from a wide range of eras… an avid believer in the validity and variety of personal opinion, particularly in the subjective area of tasting, he enjoys hosting tasting sessions for friends, constantly challenging them to find their own favourite tipple. in addition to all of this, he is also interested in economics, three-piece suits, board games & keeping alive the art of engaging in enjoyable conversation with a good glass of port whilst surrounded by pipe smoke… www.summerfruitcup.com Thanks to Analiebe for writing this rather flattering blurb for me.

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