Elephant Gin : The Artisan, Adventurous & Ethical Spirit

At House of Coco we love gin and we love an adventure so when we heard about Elephant Gin, well, it was an instant winner for us.

Elephant Gin is an award winning handcrafted London Dry Gin of 45% alcoholic volume, made with carefully selected ingredients that capture the essence of Africa.

Inspired by the pioneering spirit of 19th century explorers and the botanical discoveries they made, Elephant Gin is produced for adventurers and travellers of today. The company contributes 15% of all profits to Space For Elephants Foundation and Big Life Foundation to support the preservation of the African wildlife and help ensure future generations will be able to explore these magnificent landscapes.

The gin is distilled using fourteen botanicals, including African ingredients sourced from the length and breadth of the continent to create the gin’s distinctive flavour profile.

These include the savannah’s “superfruit” Baobab, the extraordinary Buchu plant with a flavour similar to blackcurrant, and the African Wormwood introducing a sharp floral note. Locally sourced spring water, fresh apples and other select ingredients enhance the purity and smoothness of the gin’s finish.

Made in small batches, Elephant Gin is produced using the traditional method of copper still distillation.

The gin’s distinct nose first yields a subtle juniper aroma, with an undertone of mountain pine and other herbaceous notes. The taste is complex but strikingly smooth, encompassing floral, fruity and spicy flavours, which can be enjoyed both straight and in a cocktail.

Elephant Gin’s bottles are custom-made, adorned with hand-written labels, embossed with a crest and sealed with natural cork. Each batch is named after past great tuskers or elephants that Elephant Gin’s partners currently help to protect.

The team behind Elephant Gin are Robin Gerlach, Tessa Wienker and Henry Palmer (UK Director).

Robin and Tessa were inspired to create Elephant Gin following their own travels as well as their work supporting foundations in South Africa.

With a vision to conserve the wildlife they feel so passionately for, Robin and Tessa decided to launch a product that would help conservation trusts. Together with their friend Henry, who with a love of gin and time spent volunteering in Africa could not resist getting involved, they all worked to bring the product to market. They strongly believe that this generation has a responsibility to support the African wildlife today, so others can continue to enjoy it in the future.

Robin said: “Integrity and passion is at the heart of Elephant Gin’s philosophy: from carefully sourcing ingredients and using the best techniques to create a premium product, to creating a sustainable, ethical business that supports Africa’s unique wildlife.”

“As well as actively supporting the foundations devoted to the conservation of wildlife, we hope to raise wider awareness and involve more people directly. We believe that the first step to changing the world is to have the right spirit,” added Tessa.

About Elephant Conservation

Every year more than 35,000 elephants die because of uncontrolled ivory poaching; that is one every 15 minutes.

Elephant Gin donates 15% of its profits to two inspirational African elephant foundations:

·  Big Life Foundation is an anti-poaching organisation which protects two million acres of wilderness in the Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem of East Africa (https:// biglife.org/). Elephant Gin’s contributions go toward one outpost to fund 8 rangers’ salaries, rations & equipments (tents, rucksacks, sleeping bags, etc.) for 3 months at a time.

 Space For Elephants is focused on restoring the old migratory routes that were lost when game reserves were fenced, and aims to give freedom to thousands of elephants to range freely across AfricaThe Botanicals:

The 14 botanicals included in Elephant Gin’s rare and exotic blend are:

1.Juniper – To guarantee consistent quality, Elephant Gin sources its juniper from across Europe, mainly from Macedonia, Hungary and Tuscany, depending on seasonal conditions.

2.Mountain Pine Needles – Specially cut for Elephant Gin from the Salzburger Mountains close to BleiKogel (2400m), the Mountain Pine complements the Juniper’s natural pine notes.

3.Lavender – Elephant Gin uses lavender for its sweet overtones to bring out the floral notes in the gin. It is sourced from France.

4.Sweet Orange Peel – Sourced from Spain, the peel adds to the gin’s sweet aromatic notes. Elephant Gin favours orange peel over lemon for its round flavour.

5.Fresh Apple – Sourced from the orchards surrounding the distillery, the apples introduce a fresh, crisp and sweet note to the gin.

6.Cassia Bark – Cassia Bark is traditionally used in gin and is a close relative to Cinnamon. Elephant Gin uses Indonesian cassia, which carries warm aromatic notes.

7.Ginger – Elephant Gin’s ginger elements were chosen not only for their qualities of maintaining health and wellbeing, but also for their warm and spicy characteristics. Sourced from China, the ginger serves to expand the gin’s flavour on ones’ palate.

8.Pimento Berries – Also known as Allspice, pimento berries are part of the Myrtaceae plant family, sourced from Mexico. Pimento gives the gin its slight peppery note.

9. Devil’s Claw – European colonists and early explorers brought Devil’s Claw back home for its healing properties. Sourced from South Africa, Elephant Gin loves it for its distinct flavour.

10.Buchu – A delicious blackcurrant-like flavour, Buchu is a plant native to the lower elevation mountains of western South Africa.

11.Elderflower – Sourced from the Ukraine and Poland, Elephant Gin uses elderflower heads for their sweet flavours, which also serve to support the apples’ fresh notes.

12. Lion’s Tail – Lion’s Tail is native to Southern Africa and treated as a magical herb there. It adds another distinct herbaceous note.

13. African Wormwood – Long used as an ingredient in spirits such as absinthe and vermouth, it introduces a bitter floral note. Elephant Gin sources this element from South Africa.

14. Baobab – Elephant Gin imports this African ‘superfruit’ from Malawi. The plant has sharp citrus qualities and three times the vitamin C of an orange. Oh, and in times of drought, the baobab tree and its fruit are a favourite of our elephant friends…

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Elephant Gin has won a number of awards for its bottle design, distillation process, chosen ingredients and the gin’s nose, taste and ethical cause that inspired it. According to the World Spirit Award, the “mixture of African herbs and fresh fruits from Europe in particular” gives the gin its “unmistakable taste”, which is “so full of finesse” making it understandably irresistible to leading bartenders, and cocktail enthusiasts worldwide.

International Wine & Spirit Competition Quality Award 2015 – Outstanding World Spirits Award 2015 – Gold
International Spirits Challenge 2015 – Gold
Tastings Spirits Category Competition 2015 – Gold (missing medal)

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World Gin Award 2015 – Silver
World Spirit Award 2014 – Gold
International Wine & Spirit Competition Quality Award 2014 – Outstanding Falstaff 2014 – Top 3 Gin: 93 points
The Gin Masters 2014 – Super Premium: Silver
The Gin Masters 2014 – Micro Distillery: Silver
The Spirits Design Master 2013 – Gin: Master


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  • […] Elephant Gin and its founders are passionate about elephant conservation and strongly believe that the current generation has a responsibility to support the African wildlife of today, so others may continue to enjoy it in the future. By contributing 15% of its profits to Big Life Foundation and Space For Elephants, Elephant Gin takes an active part in supporting the foundations’ activities. […]

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