A stupendously complex and unusual gin from Germanys Black Forest region.
Monkey 47 is the brainchild of the eccentric Montgomery Collins, an Indian-born British RAF commander who settled in the Black Forest after the Second World War. His blend of 47 hand-picked botanicals (a third of them sourced from the Black Forest itself) is combined with natural spring water and bottled at 47% alcohol. The gin is named for Max, a monkey that Collins sponsored during the postwar restoration of the Berlin Zoo.
The complex nose opens with piney juniper aromas before herbal, grassy and fruity notes of mint, lavender, oregano, hibiscus, lime, and grass. A robust yet balanced gin on the palate with mint, herb, floral, resin, spice, and citrus flavors, and a rich, weighty mouthfeel leading into a powerful finish. Every time you go back to it you'll find new aromas and flavors emerging. A rare gin that will reward exploration and contemplation of its unique meld of East Asian and German botanicals neat or on the rocks. A superb base for tonic or classic gin cocktails like a martini or gimlet. Deserves strong consideration as the best gin the world. (from Monkey 47)