“Akeley Gin” is an innovative “tea gin”. It has a unique and short list of botanicals that give it a deep flavor profile unlike any other. The base spirit is made in house, no short cuts, from Utah-grown, organic, and non-GMO wheat and rye.
Carl Ethan Akeley (1864-1916) noted Wildlife Conservationist, African Explorer, and inspiration for the world’s finest and healthiest gin. Legend recalls that on one of his African expeditions he learned from local tribesman to drink tonic water and rooibos tea to prevent malaria and other native maladies.
It’s been said that each evening the weary adventurist would add a spot of gin to the tonic and tea and toast to his mates, “to good health” to kick off their jungle happy hour.
Today in his honor, we add a short list of botanicals along with rooibos tea to the pristine water from out own artesian well to bring you Akeley Gin. To good health, Carl!
We've chosen rooibos tea for this African themed gin because it is a popular tea that originated on that great continent. The taste contains bright citrus notes and mellow grass, followed by hints of honey, tea, a quiet pine finish with a velvet mouth feel, and an overall round, deep, mellow tone. The aromas consist of orange zest, toasted meringue, light balsa wood, honey, pine, and subtle florals, faint grains and a hint of peppered notes.
On his last expedition to Africa, Akeley died of a high fever (likely from Malaria). We can't help but think that gin very well may have been his last drunk on this expedition called life, so we named our premium gin containing African tea in his honor. We raise a glass and toast to Akeley, conservationism, and innovation!
Our custom pot still and distillation techniques render the oils and flavors from the botanicals. We use organic juniper, orange peel, lemon peel and rooibos tea in the gun basket during distillation to create a buttery herbaceous sipping gin.
Make sure you have a clean palate (your mouth). Common palate cleansers are bread or unsalted crackers.
The first thing to look for when tasting a new gin is what it looks like. Take note of its color, is it clear or cloudy, light, golden or dark – this can help prepare your brain for what is about to come next.
Commonly referred to as “nosing” this is where you sniff the rum to soak in those delicious aromas. Short quick sniffs are best to capture different aromas. You have about 7 seconds before your nose gives up and stops noticing things so try and identify things quickly.
The first sip is always a bit of a shock to the tongue, so take a small sip to get the light burn out of the way so you can then focus on the flavors.
Take a second, slower sip and let the gin float around your mouth and the vapors float into your nose to identify more aromas. Here you want to look for sweetness, bitterness and spiciness & acidity. Make a note of what you observe.
Next, take another sip and pay attention to the consistency or the gin, is it smooth, light, thick? Does the flavor intensify or stay the same? Compare this to what you noticed in The View above.
Swallow the gin and pay attention to the after taste. How quickly does it fade away? Do more flavors present themselves, do other flavors disappear?
Dented Brick’s “PREMIUM WELL” brands are distilled primarily for bars and restaurants who want to serve their patrons the very best when they do not specify any particular brand of spirits. They are also ideal for consumers who prefer the best price value option when stocking up the bar at home.
Our premium Vodka, Gin and Rum are painstakingly handcrafted with the same care, quality ingredients and Artesian well water as every brand from Dented Brick.