The makers of Elephant Gin have launched a special batch into the UK on-trade which has been aged in three types of oak to increase its complexity.
At 52% ABV, the new release has been rested in a combination of new and aged wood over a period of a year, giving it extra smoothness, additional silky spice, sweet smokiness and a hint of vanilla.
Like Elephant Gin, the new release is pot distilled. It is made with 100% rye but the London dry gin’s 14 botanicals have been used in larger quantities for a higher concentration of aromas and to allow the characteristic notes to remain prominent after ageing.
Co-founder Robin Gerlach was inspired to experiment in creating the new gin by the 18th-century practice of storing gin in oak barrels for shipping.
Launched in other markets in January, the new limited edition is recommended for using in cocktails or drunk on its own with ice.
It was launched to the UK on-trade at this week’s Pub18 show which runs at Olympia in London on February 6 and 7.
Produced in Germany, Elephant Gin is inspired by African wildlife, with botanicals including baobab, the buchu plant that has a flavour similar to blackcurrant, and African wormwood for a sharp floral note.
Elephant Gin contributes 15% of all proceeds to two African elephant foundations to support the preservation of African wildlife.
The range features not only Elephant London Dry Gin at 45% ABV but also Elephant Sloe Gin at 35% ABV and the full-bodied Elephant Strength at 57% ABV.