ELEPHANT GIN 500ml
ELEPHANT GIN 500ml
AFRICAN TASTE, GERMAN QUALITY
Elephant Gin is an award-winning handcrafted premium gin of 45% alcoholic volume made with rare African botanicals.
While its story started in South Africa, Elephant Gin is handmade in Germany with a focus on highest quality production standards.
All ingredients are hand-selected, bottles custom-made, labels hand-written and production efforts controlled by working in small batches.
The idea for an African-inspired gin evolved while reminiscing about the so-called ‘sundowner’ drinks after a day out in the South African bush. These sunset cocktails are a big tradition in South Africa – and more often than not, they consist of a G&T. The idea was backed by a mutual love of exotic African botanicals and a realisation that these would make interesting additions to a premium gin, alongside more traditional botanicals such as juniper and orange peel.
The gin’s nose yields a subtle juniper aroma with an undertone of mountain pine and other herbaceous notes. The taste is complex but strikingly smooth, encompassing floral, fruity and spicy flavours which can be enjoyed both straight and in a cocktail.
Elephant Gin is crafted one hour east of Hamburg, Germany, using resolutely artisan production methods. Staying true to the definition of a London Dry Gin, Elephant Gin's flavour is achieved through the distillation of exclusively natural botanicals, whilst ensuring no artificial flavouring or sweetening is added post distillation.
All of Elephant Gin's ingredients are carefully selected and balanced. Once in the still, using the “one-shot” method, they are left to macerate together for a day, guaranteeing the optimal level of flavour is extracted. Elephant Gin is produced using the traditional method of copper still distillation, in a still designed and built by Arnold Holstein. Refined in small batches of 600-700 bottles, the gin is regularly tasted to ensure that any impurities in the heads and tails are removed. The whole process gives the gin its purity, complexity and smoothness.
The design of Elephant Gin’s logo as a stamp is a nod to the letters sent home by the 19th century explorers of Africa, in which they described the botanical discoveries they made. Writing letters was the only form of communication at the time, without which Elephant Gin may have never heard the tales of these explorers. Each bottle is custom-made, adorned with hand-written labels and embossed with a crest.
The corks are sourced from Portugal, where the natural cork is harvested every seven years. Elephant Gin names each batch after past great tuskers or elephants that its partner foundations currently help to protect.
Gin and Elephants. As combinations go, it’s not an obvious one. But Elephant Gin is more than just the obvious choice. In fact, the idea to make an Africa-inspired gin encompassed more than just sourcing rare botanicals. Elephant Gin also gives back to what inspired the gin in the first place. From the very first bottle sold in September 2013, Elephant Gin has been giving 15% of all proceeds to two African elephant foundations to support the preservation of the African wildlife and help ensure that future generations will also be able to explore these magnificent landscapes.
With the funds, Elephant Gin has been supporting Big Life Foundation’sRanger Club, contributing to eight rangers’ salaries, rations and equipments such as tents, rucksacks, sleeping bags and mosquito nets. The rangers work is crucial in anti-poaching activities in Kenya and Tansania.
In South Africa, near beautiful Jozini in KwaZulu Natal, Elephant Gin has been supporting Space For Elephants Foundation. Unemployment is rife in that area and attractive for poachers to getting information and assistance from local communities. The strategy of the project is to get the communities involved by creating employment opportunities to make them aware of the value of wildlife by educating and showing them how to earn a living from the wildlife. Elephant Gin has been supporting a school, built hiking trails, viewing points, camp facilities overlooking the Pongola Game Reserve, and are planning much more to offer employment opportunities and attract more tourists to the area.
MORE ABOUT THE FOUNDATIONS
The founders were inspired to create Elephant Gin following their own adventures in Africa. With a vision to conserve the wildlife they feel so passionately for they decided to launch a product that would help conservation trusts. They strongly believe that this generation has a responsibility to support the African wildlife today, so others can continue to enjoy it in the future.
With every bottle sold, Elephant Gin contributes 15% to two foundations that are devoted to the conservation of wildlife in Africa.
BIG LIFE FOUNDATION is an anti-poaching organisation that employs over 280 rangers protecting two million acres of wilderness in the Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem of East Africa (just north of Mount Kilimanjaro) through innovative conservation strategies that address the greatest threats while - at the same time - satisfying the economic interests of the resident Maasai people in ways that improve the quality of life for the entire community.
SPACE FOR ELEPHANTS FOUNDATION is focused on restoring the old migratory routes lost when the game reserves were fenced in, isolating elephants in “pockets”, breaking up extended herds and adversely affecting biodiversity. The aim is to give freedom to a hundred thousand elephants to range freely across Africa, along centuries-old trails that were once a lifeline before mankind drew lines on a map.