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Monkey 47


The story of Monkey 47 is attributed to an Indian born British Commander who was stationed in Germany after the second world war. Inspired by the Black Forest through the lens of his family’s heritage he combined British influence, Indian botanicals, and the natural flora of the German forest to create a complex gin he called Schwarzwald Dry Gin, along with the note Max the Monkey. 

You see, this Commander also helped rebuild the world-famous Berlin zoo, and during the course of this he came to support Max, an egret monkey, who lived in the zoo. So it might seem natural that years after the fact in retirement, he retained an affection for the monkey he sponsored, and when he made his gin, he named it after him.


On botanicals alone, boasting an ostentatious 47, it might be the most complicated gin on the market, but to throw you one more curveball, it’s also built on a base spirit of molasses.

Tasting Notes

The nose is mentholated juniper, pineapple sage, lemon verbena, lavender, rose, hibiscus and lime. (!) This encyclopedic list merely reflects how incredibly complex and brightly aromatic this gin is.

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Brockman’s Gin

brockman's gin bottle

Books and Covers seem a common theme here at The Gin is In. Bottles often tell us a lot about a product, in particular one where we might be willing to try something new, it can be the only thing we have to go off of. Fortunately for distillers, brand loyalty as strong as it is, is not as strong as “spirit loyalty,” and the willingness of people to experiment or try something new is why the hundreds of new spirits entering the market stand a chance. Sure, I want a vodka, but perhaps I want a new vodka today. Or in this case [and every case on this site], gin.

And what might bring you to purchase a new bottle of gin? Surely if you’ve done your research or brought a smart phone you might look for tasting notes. Or Reviews. But other times, you might not put that much work into it. Your desire for gin is strong. You’ll buy a gin. But you’re going to try something new. How about that bottle.

And that is where my friends the book/cover thing is so very important. There are people making decisions based on this fact.

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