Visiting Monkey 47’s Fascinating Distillery in Germany’s Black Forest

As the masterful Distiller's Cut makes its debut stateside, we visit the fairytale place it's made

Gin producers rarely emphasize history or any sort of distinguishable lore. The crux of their product usually lies within the combination of botanicals they employ. But for Monkey 47—which was founded 10 years ago by Alexander Stein and is still produced by his company Black Forest Distillers—each of their products dually boasts a rich backstory and an elegant ensemble of botanicals, sourced from both the …

Cracking Open Finland’s Long Drink

The legendary gin-based beverage enters the US in a can

It’s OK to be afraid (or suspicious) of cocktails in cans. For the most part, these drinks agitate rather than inspire a night of fun, but the Long Drink isn’t a canned cocktail. This category of alcoholic beverage—the long drink—was invented by the Finns in 1952 to meet the needs of the massive tourist influx for the Summer Olympic Games in Helsinki. Post-WWII, they sought …

Inside Sipsmith’s London Gin Distillery

Mad scientist experimentation blossoms from an international selection of premium botanicals

When setting out to open the first traditional copper pot gin distillery in London in 200 years, Sipsmith founders Sam Galsworthy and Fairfax Hall and historian, author and master distiller Jared Brown quickly learned that their ambitious goal would require sacrifice and perseverance. Blocking their dream was The Gin Act of 1751 that outlawed small distilleries in London to curb crime in the city at …