The barrel aged Elephant Gin Special Edition is helping save African elephants

Barrel aged gin is showing no signs of slowing down.

Chucking gin in barrels, which were oftentimes formerly used for whisky, is an amazing process that lets spirits soak up all the amazing elements of the wood. Vanilla, spices, woodiness, colour, depth, and even fruitiness are just a few of the resulting notes derived from barrel ageing.

Elephant Gin is the latest distiller to tap into this magical method. The distillery’s new Elephant Gin Special Edition introduces a barrel aged gin based off a 100% rye pot-distilled base to their line up.

The German made brand describes it as a silky sweet, smooth yet smoky gin with an undercurrent of vanilla.

The barrel’s wood, for example, oak vs hickory, lends differing characteristics to the wine, spirits or gin within it. Barrel ageing is basically a spirit nerd’s dream.

It’s all the remarkable that Elephant Gin Special Edition used three different types of oak over a yearlong resting period. The final recipe come to the fore after experimenting with ageing different versions of their original London Dry.

Not content to just be delicious, Elephant Gin contributes 15% of all of their gins’ profits to elephant conservation. The African elephant foundations include Big Life Foundation, Space for Elephants and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

The Elephant Dry Gin on which the gin is based uses glorious sounding African ingredients among its 14 botanicals. They include the superfruit Baobab, Buchu plant with a flavour similar to blackcurrant and the African Wormwood, which asserts a sharp floral note.

Elephant Gin Special Edition, £59 (52% ABV, £59) and Elephant London Dry Gin, £30.90 (50cl, 45% ABV) are available from Elephant Gin’s online shop and local retailers

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Ketsuda Phoutinane

The Gin Kin Online Editor. Always up for a dirty martini.