London start-up Animal Spirits has launched Gin01 – The Rabbit, the inaugural expression in its craft spirit collection inspired by characters of the animal kingdom.
Distilled with corn spirit and 10 botanicals, including cardamom, Kazbek hops, Sichuan green pepper and magnolia berries, Gin01 – The Rabbit is made with ethically sourced organic juniper from a primeval forest.
The result is a full-bodied London Dry-style gin of “subtle sweetness”, with a “long, lasting finish”.
Cofounded by a Slovakia-born virologist Dr Lukas Radosa and theatre producer Eva Liparova, the duo has been developing the product and company over the last three years.
Lukas said: “Animal Spirits started as a creative outlet for exploring what I know about natural products, how to learn about distilling and my love of gin.
“I know how certain botanicals affect our physiology and senses and I wanted to create a gin that would be inspired by these properties and result in a spirit that comes with a story and scientific rigour.”
Eva added: “We want our spirits to feel a bit like meeting animal characters in Victorian London – not in the cages in the menagerie but in its best-kept secret, an underground speakeasy down the rabbit hole.
“It’s here where the animals meet at night and where their true spirits come alive. We want to cast you away into that speakeasy and mingle with them.”