The idea of putting gin in a barrel dates back to 18th century exploration when oak was used to ship and store gin; with a travelling spirit at the core of Elephant Gin, our co-founder Robin was inspired to experiment with ageing different variations of our London Dry to add some real heart to it.
The aim was to find a way to elevate the smoothness of the London Dry, and oak was the natural choice to achieve this. When finessing the final product, we wanted to increase the complexity of the gin’s flavour profile without overwhelming its natural fresh characteristics so Robin sought out the perfect combination of new and aged wood. It was key that the juniper-led gin flavour was not overpowered but that the gin had that added body and smooth finish that would really set it apart. After much experimenting, Robin found the ideal blend was achieved by using three different types of oak and a yearlong resting period.
For this limited edition, we’re using 100% rye pot-distilled base to make use of its premium grain structure as well as its spicy and fruity characteristics. Whilst retaining the same 14 botanicals Elephant Gin is known for, we increased quantities of these botanicals to achieve a higher concentration of aromas, allowing it to remain prominent after the ageing process.
The result? A premium rye-based London Dry Gin of 52% ABV aged in oak for an elevated smoothness, additional silky spice, sweet smokiness and a pleasant hint of vanilla excellent supped on its own with ice, or even in a carefully balanced cocktail.
Our exclusive limited Elephant Aged Gin batch has been bottled over a period of a month in late December 2017 and early January 2018. Due to vintage statement reflecting the year of bottling, you might see both 2017 and 2018 age statements available on the market – and while it is the same batch, it simply has been bottled a couple of weeks apart. For our home-market, we have created ‘Germany’-labels, while the rest are distributed internationally with a ‘Release’-label on a first-come-first-buy basis.