In this year’s Best of the Best, we continue to honour the brands and people who have continued to create covetable products, even in the midst of a global pandemic. Here, we have Monkey 47’s Distiller’s Cut 2020 win ‘best gin’ in the wine and spirits category
Last year, German gin brand Monkey 47 celebrated its 10th anniversary with the release of its limited-edition Distiller’s Cut. The base gin is already a fragrant and intricate spirit, with a recipe of 47 botanicals (hence the name) that include angelica, acacia flower, chamomile and sage. This edition of Distiller’s Cut gets a further flavour boost thanks to time spent in expensive, highly sought-after Japanese mizunara-oak barrels. The maturation period infused the gin with notes of incense, sandalwood and vanilla. It makes for a fascinating martini, but it’s also a wonderful spirit to sip neat.