THIS FYNBOS EDITION IS AN UNIQUE GIN EXPERIMENT DEDICATED TO THE BEAUTY & DIVERSITY OF SOUTH AFRICA, THE RAINBOW NATION.
August 14 marks the launch of the most personal special edition by KNUT HANSEN to date: Our FYNBOS Edition 2021. An absolute heartfelt project, which was developed and distilled entirely on site in South Africa.
VELD AN SEA
The foundation stone for the special edition 2021 was laid on the Cape Peninsula at the Cap of Good Hope, because that is where the small fynbos farm "Veld and Sea" is located. The farm is run by the incomparable "Wild Flavour Consultant" Roushanna Grey - an icon in the field of fynbos vegetation. After Roushanna had given us an instructive insight into the species-rich and colorful world of fynbos, we selected eight fynbos botanicals with such wonderful-sounding names as "Buchu" or "Spekboom" for our edition.
With the botanicals in our luggage, we went to HOPE Distillery, located in Salt River in the middle of Cape Town. Together with Master Distiller Leigh, we fine-tuned our Fynbos recipe and distilled the edition on his ingenious "Mad Mary". The finished distillate was again placed in Pinotage red wine barrels from Baleia Wine Farm for a few more weeks - the result is an unparalleled effect on the flavor and color of the edition.
The FYNBOS botanicals give the gin a slightly minty note, which is rounded off with a berry flavor from the finish of the Pinotage barrels. We recommend consumption neat on ice garnished with an orange zest or mixed in a drink with a fruity tonic.
Like every year we support a social cause with this edition! The organization "Amandla Development" has already been supported by us for several years. Amandla offers children in the township of Philippi - one of the poorest poverty-stricken areas in the Cape - a place to go for "the afternoons" after school. In this way, they get the kids off the streets and away from gang crime, drugs and all the bad things that are normality on the streets of the township. The kids can play in a safe environment and get a wide range of classes from art to self-defense for young women - and the best part is, the kids can just be kids for a change. Unfortunately, one of the main problems on site is still the lack of food. This leads to the children staying away from school simply for lack of food. With the Edition we finance the food of the "Amandla" kids for one year. More information about the organization "Amandla Development" can be found at: https://www.amandladevelopment.org
THE STORY BEHIND FYNBOS
The founders Kaspar and Martin have been great South African friends for a long time, so Cape Town has become something like a second home for them. Over the years, many close friendships have developed - among others with Lucy and Leigh from the HOPE Distillery, who have been distilling and bottling KNUT HANSEN on site in Cape Town for the African market for almost 4 years. The highlight of this cooperation was certainly the award for best "South African" gin at the "SA Craft Gin Awards" 2019.
As a manufacturer, we provide an RRP that most retailers also adhere to. We clearly distance ourselves from overpriced prices of our special editions. GIN enjoyment should remain fair.