The new variation comes in the classic, distinctive Elephant bottle, but the cap is slightly different. As for every Elephant Gin, the label is handwritten. But for the Orange Cocoa version, you will also get a handcrafted, authentic Maasai bead. Those are authentic, handmade beads made by three women from a Kenyan Maasai tribe.
Lucky me, I had the chance to try the Gin already, and I have to say, I love it. It's fresh and full of fruity flavor, and at the same time, you can taste this strong cocoa taste. It is super tasty when drank neat and also works perfectly in a Gin and Tonic. My preferred way, however, is drinking it in a cocktail. They have to be well balanced, but if they are, the results are delicious.
As already said, Elephant Orange and Cocoa Gin is based on their classic London Dry Gin. This Gin is handcrafted with 14 thoughtfully selected botanicals, including Buchu and Apple. The herbal notes of the London Dry Gin are complemented by fresh organic oranges from Spain, adding complexity with highly aromatic and crisp notes. During the production process, whole oranges are vacuum distilled, which creates an intensely aromatic spirit. The roasted Cocoa beans add a surprisingly intensive and pronounced chocolate flavor.
The nose is mild but slightly sweet and fruity, while fresh and strong orange notes dominate. It's a vibrant mix of Orange peel, candied orange, and orange juice. And there are also hints of vanilla and tangerine. Overall I would say the Gin has a pleasant and surprising smell.
Drank neat, Elephant Orange & Cocoa offers a light and soft mouthfeel. It immediately reminds me of summer and blood oranges. It is a bit zestier than in the nose. However, flavors of vanilla, chocolate, and almonds balance it quite well. It's slightly on the sweet side, but I absolutely appreciate that.
Those velvety chocolate flavors are a perfect match to balance the fresh orange notes. To me, the combination somewhat resembled the taste of Jaffa orange cake. A rather creative and unusual comparison, I know. But it's the first thing that came to my mind, and I like them. So I believe that's adequate proof that the flavor combination works.
Combined with Mediterranean Tonic water, Elephant Orange Cocoa Gin makes for a great Summer G&T with some extra complexity. Something you should try if you're looking for a light and citrusy summer Gin and Tonic, for sure.
I love the London Dry Gin from Elephant, and I totally enjoy this new version. Not despite, but because they both taste very differently. And getting a brilliant Gin, plus the fact that 15% of the profits go to African elephant conservation, are more than enough reasons to buy one and test it yourself. Let me know how you liked it in the comments.