Monkey 47 & KiNoBi Gin Event 22.10.2020

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Monkey 47 & KiNoBi Gin Event 22.10.2020


An evening exploring the iconic Monkey 47 from Germany and one of the new brands from Japan making big waves in the international gin scene the Ki No Bi range from Kyoto.

Destination Cellars embarked on an adventure in gin exploration on Thursday evening October 22nd at 7pm in the beautiful surrounds of Hadley's Orient Hotel. Join Brand Ambassador Jon Minihan as we take a journey into the famous ancient streets of Kyoto, Japan to the mythical Black Forest of Bavaria, Germany.

Here is the fabulous line up of top class gins:

1. Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin - Small batch distilled and handcrafted Schwarzwald Dry Gin that fuses British traditions, the exoticism of India, and the purity of the Black Forest. Using a whopping 47 handpicked botanicals and bottled at 47%ABV - often held in highest regard as the epitome of gin sophistication and has a swag of awards to back it up. A must in any gin cabinet.

2. Monkey 47 Sloe Gin - The Monkey 47 botanical gin combines sloe berries to create a rich and cloudy liqueur. Once the sloe berries are harvested after the first frost, they are washed before macerating them in Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin (at 47% alcohol, of course). One for the Sloe connoisseur.

3. Monkey 47 Barrel Cut Limited Edition - A limited edition barrel-aged gin where the Black Forest gin spends 180 days in a 110 litre mulberry cask, resulting in greater fruit notes to the base complex gin, also adding a fine, elegant sweetness to offer an experience that is extremely dense and uniquely complex.

4. Ki No Bi Kyoto Dry Gin - The first Japanese gin made in Kyoto. KI NO BI (‘The Beauty of the Seasons’) is inspired by tradition and is distilled, blended and bottled in Kyoto. This gin is made in a recognisable dry style but with a distinct Japanese accent. Created with Japanese botanicals such as yellow yuzu from the north of Kyoto Prefecture, hinoki wood chips (Japanese cypress), bamboo, gyokuro tea from the Uji region and green sanshō (Japanese peppercorn) berries.

Bottled at 45.7% ABV, KI NO BI uses a rice spirit base and peerless water sourced in the famous sake–brewing district, Fushimi. The botanicals are split into six flavour groups (Base, Citrus, Tea, Spice, Fruity & Floral and Herbal), and each group is distilled individually before being blended together. This is amazing gin!

5. Ki No Bi "Sei" - is their high-proof bottling made with the same intricate production method as the original KI NO BI; using 11 botanicals distilled in six distinct flavour categories. The final blend has been recalibrated by their distilling team to bring out the best of each botanical at the higher proof. Although often confused with 100 Proof or 57.1% ABV, this bottling is at the traditional British Navy Strength of 54.5% ABV. In contrast to the original KI NO BI which has delicate and gentle profile, KI NO BI SEI has a thicker mouthfeel and full-bodied flavour, which pairs well in cocktails.

6. Ki No Tea - KINOBI with Gyokuro & Tencha - Created by collaborating with tea-grower and blender, Hori-Shichimeien, founded in the Meiji era in 1879. Based in the famous Uji region to the south of Kyoto city, a number if super-premium Uji teas have been specially selected to form the heart of KI NO TEA. Tencha and Gyokuro provide intense aromas and depth of flavour with a wonderful sweetness that occurs naturally in the distillation of these superior teas.

"We use leaves harvested in the Okunoyama tea yard, that dates back to 1300’s, and blend carefully with a secret botanical recipe used only in KI NO TEA. Gentle aromas give the impression of walking into a silent Japanese tea house. First, sweet notes like white-chocolate and citrus arise from the glass, then juniper. KI NO TEA finishes with a very long lasting, warm green tea fragrance."