Elephant Gin is a premium handcrafted London Dry Gin of 45% alcoholic volume made with carefully selected ingredients that capture the spirit of Africa. Inspired by the traditional sundowner experience at the end of the day in the African bush, Elephant Gin is produced for wildlife adventurers and urban explorers alike. Handcrafted in Germany, the gin is distilled using fourteen botanicals, including rare African ingredients to create a distinctive flavour profile.
Elephant Gin contributes 15% of all proceeds to two African elephant foundations to support the preservation of African wildlife. Made in small batches, Elephant Gin is produced using the traditional method of copper still distillation. Botanicals include baobab, the extraordinary buchu plant with a flavour similar to blackcurrant and the African Wormwood introducing a sharp floral note. Locally sourced spring water, fresh apples and other select ingredients enhance the purity and smoothness of the gin’s finish. The gin’s distinct nose first 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’s bottles are custom-made with hand-written labels, embossed with a crest and sealed with natural cork. Each batch is named after past great tuskers or elephants that Elephant Gin’s partners currently help protect.
The team behind Elephant Gin are Robin and Tessa Gerlach, who were inspired to create Elephant Gin following their own travels as well as their work supporting foundations in South Africa. With a vision to conserve the wildlife they feel so passionate about, the couple decided to launch a product that would help conservation trusts. They strongly believe that this generation has a responsibility to support African wildlife today, so others can continue to enjoy it in the future.
Paddy Irish Whiskey is launching a high profile neck-tag competition tied in to St Patrick's Day. Matchday tickets to London Irish Rugby Club fixtures are up for grabs as well as replica shirts, hats, mugs and other London Irish merchandise. The prize tags will be on 15,000 bottles of the iconic Irish whiskey. The Paddy promotion will feature on bottles sold in Tesco from the end of February, on Amazon and through independent retailers, with more than 100 prizes up for grabs. The promotion builds on the partnership which has seen Paddy become the Official Whiskey of London Irish for the 2018/19 season.
Nordés, Spain's fastest growing premium gin, wants to challenge British drinking habits. Nordés believes its gin's herbal and highly aromatic flavour profile makes it the perfect accompaniment to a wide range of savoury and sweet dishes.
Named after the north-easterly wind, Nordés Atlantic Galician gin is produced in a small distillery close to Santiago de Compostela, Galicia's capital in North Western Spain. White albariño grapes are distilled with selected botanicals. Verbena is paired with laurel, samphire and mellow sage, warmed up with a pinch of juniper, cardamom, ginger, hibiscus and black tea. This results in a gin with gastronomic notes of eucalyptus, laurel and mint and delicate flavours of white fruit.
Don't have traditional tapas to hand? No matter. Nordés suggests pairing a well-made gin and tonic alongside a smoked salmon starter or spicy sausage. As a main, match the gin with Thai cuisine to bring out the lemon verbena notes. For dessert, try pairing it with a summer fruit sorbet and a sprig of mint to bring out the sweeter aromatics. Soon, Nordés will have you asking: “Red, white or gin?”
Nordés gin (70 cl) ABV 40% - RRP £35 - is available nationwide at Amazon and Master of Malts.
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