After years of sensory research and experimentation with various woods, barrel age was found using traditional methods. This woody chapter leads them straight to the Palatine region of southwestern Germany, where wooden barrels are still handcrafted for maturing and refining distillates.
Today it is long forgotten that the rare wood of the mulberry tree was once traditionally used for these purposes, in connection with the best distilled water the Black Forest has to offer. This highly aromatic substance is one of the most fragrant woods. Distinctive color and aroma developed during ripening, resulting in a deep golden yellow color and elegant sweetness.
The mulberry barrels they use are entirely handcrafted by a traditional cooperative that has mastered this intricate process. They only use new 110 liter containers to store monkey 47 barrel cuts. Before bottling, these casks are lightly toasted inside, which adds a myriad of notes to the variety of aromas they impart to their contents.
When the wood is at its strongest, the first fill extracts the desired aroma from the wood. Then they store the barrels in a granary that was built in 1840 when the temperature in the granary was steady and constant, and now the temperature profile of the granary is constant year-round. Produced only a few times a year, this unique cut can be enjoyed neat or monkey old fashioned - both of which are sure to enchant gin lovers and connoisseurs alike.
Monkey 47 is a dry gin with subtle fruity notes and elegant sweetness that combine to deliver an exceptionally full-bodied and uniquely complex experience. Cheers. cheers!