Review: Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin
|Negroni in the making at Little Quarter|
|Corpse Reviver No. 2|
Nose: As the name reveals, 47 different ingredients have been put into this gin, making it very different from a traditional London Dry. The aroma is intense, with juniper on top together with complex herbal notes and a pleasant fruitiness from wild forest berries. Mouth: The juniper is actually a bit hidden behind the strong herbal presence of rosemary and lavender which is backed by a rather sweet and fruity mix of red and blue berries and a long and peppery finish. Not subtle in any sense, this gin means business!
I wanted to try Monkey 47 in some classic cocktails but also come up with a few new ones, and the obvious first choices were Gin & Tonic (60 ml Monkey 47, 120 ml Fever Tree Tonic - build in Old Fashioned glass, garnish with lemon wedge) and Dry Martini (50 ml Monkey 47, 10 ml Noilly Prat - stir with ice, strain into cocktail glass, garnish with lemon zest) and both are really nice introductions of Monkey 47 in cocktails as they both bring out the gin's special qualities without interfering too much. I continued with Corpse Reviver No. 2 (30 ml Monkey 47, 30 ml Cointreau, 30 ml Lillet Blanc, 30 ml lemon juice - shake with ice, strain into absinthe rinsed cocktail glass, garnish with lemon zest) which was absolutely beautiful. The herbal and fruity notes together with citrus and the somewhat funky vermouth worked very well together.
Next up, it was time for another Negroni, now with a different vermouth than at Little Quarter (40 ml Monkey 47, 40 ml Campari, 40 ml Martini Rosso - stir with ice, strain into Old Fashioned glass with ice, garnish with orange zest) and it was equally good in bringing out the best of the flavours in the gin - highly recommended!
The next day, it was the perfect opportunity to make a Red Snapper (60 ml Monkey 47, 90 ml tomato juice, 15 ml lemon juice, dashes worcestershire sauce, dashes Crystal hot sauce, pinch ground black pepper, 1 teaspoon horseradish purée, pinch chili flakes, pinch celery salt - build in Highball glass with ice, stir and garnish with celery stick, lemon wedge and feferoni) but actually the prominent fruitiness of the gin didn't work well at all with the tomato juice - avoid.
|Spank the Monkey|
Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin is truly original and delicious, both on its own and in many cocktails, but its intensity might be too much in some occasions so it's very important to find the right flavour combinations. Highly recommended!