Game-Changing Gin: Monkey 47 Gin

Posted by Robert Schagrin

Game-Changing Gin
Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin 375ml
"The greatest gin I have ever tasted"
-Robert Parker

The buzz around Monkey 47 Gin has been intense. For over a year, people have been incessantly inquiring about this elixir.

Finally, Monkey 47 Gin is available in the U.S.

While we take our spirits program very seriously, we don't do many spirits email offerings, and a gin offering is well outside our wheelhouse. After trying "the Monkey" last Thursday, there was no doubt that this was going to be our first gin offer in Crush history.

This is a game-changing gin - it exists on a very, very high plane. It seems that everyone who has ever tasted Monkey 47 is very deeply impressed and dare I say moved on a spiritual level.

The gin's reach into the wine world is a phenomenon that we've never witnessed before. Monkey 47 was first brought to our attention by one of our biggest Burgundy collectors who had it in London. We've had other Burgundy fanatics requesting 6-packs. Even Robert Parker weighed in on Twitter calling it "the greatest gin I have ever tasted."

Monkey 47 delivers outrageously ethereal, haunting and complex aromatics with a palate that's both silky and elegant. Think of juniper berries mingling with pine needles, herbs and then toss a healthy dose of citrus fruits, floral notes and spices into the mix. There's an unprecedented 47 botanicals. All of this leads to a gin experience that's utterly singular and flat-out awesome.

It will transport your martinis and negronis to a whole new level. Its harmonious texture and the complex and unique aromatics are so fascinating that we also like having it simply on the rocks.

The origins of Monkey 47 begin with Commander Montgomery Collins, who settled in Germany's Black Forest in the 1950s after serving in the Royal Air Force. There he created a gin taking advantage of the area's distilling history, botanicals from the Black Forest and more exotic ingredients. The gin enjoyed local fame and then, approximately four decades ago, disappeared. Alexander Stein had heard about the gin's legend and started researching to resurrect it. Soon enough he teamed up with local distiller Christoph Keller to combine the 47 botanicals, including local lingonberries and spruce, to recreate Commander Collins' utterly exotic gin.

The result is a unique, kaleidoscopic gin that I encourage everyone to try. Trust me, this is really a "next level" sort of thing.

To order, please email us at or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Robert Schagrin
Managing Partner
Crush Wine & Spirits