The old pharmacy styled bottles of Monkey 47 Gin are in itself a treat as at the time of its release is was the best packaging for gin. To the nose, there are numerous aromas, which isn’t surprising and makes it a great repeatable gin as there is always something new to discover. Aromas of distinct and pure juniper, a tangy and crisp citrus note together with a sweet, floral aroma. To the palate, with all 47 botanicals, it is naturally a hugely complex, rich gin and it is hard to determine a specific taste except for maybe the zingy citrus taste upfront.
Whether with tonic, as a sling, martini, or gimlet, the unique and complex taste of Monkey 47 is an ideal basis for both classics and more eccentric cocktails.
Oh there is a lot going on here... woody, vegetable smells under pin fresh grassy citrus notes and botanical sweetness, like a pine forest after the rain.
Predictably complex, this is a robust and powerful gin with plenty of spice, fruit and herb flavours. It's very well structured, and difficult to unpick but a citrus fresh start segues into pine and wood notes for a drying finish.
Wooded and reassuringly heavy.
A unique gin, that is crying out to be made into a Martini. It'll need an equally robust vermouth though.
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