Monkey 47 Distillers Cut 22 with woodruff

Monkey 47 Distiller's Cut 2022

By Timo Torner / Last updated on January 15, 2023

First published on January 2, 2023 

While the standard bottle of Monkey 47 is already delicious, the 2022 Distiller's cut is even better. A hint of woods and forests enhances the classic flavor profile.

Monkey 47 is a world-renowned Gin from Black Forest, Germany, made of 47 different botanicals. Each year though, they add one ingredient to create their limited Distiller's Cut.

In 2022, the species rara added to the recipe is woodruff - a typical German ingredient popular in sweets, drinks, and tea.

What is it? | Quick Facts | The Species Rara | Tasting Notes | How to use in cocktails | How to buy it

What is it?

Monkey 47 Distiller's cut is one of the various special editions of Monkey 47. But contrary to the others, it's a regular thing that returns in a new guise each year. The base is the same recipe they use for their standard bottle, but that comes with a twist. - A yearly reinvention of the Monkey formula.

These yearly limited editions are extremely popular and highly anticipated. That is also why in 2016, Monkey 47 increased the number of available bottles to 4,000. That gave more loyal customers a chance to get their hands on this sought-after rarity.

Quick Facts

  • Produced by: Monkey 47 distillery
  • Origin: Germany
  • Released: October 2022
  • Species rara: woodruff or Galium odoratum
  • ABV: 47%
  • MSRP: $80

The secret ingredient - Woodruff

For the 2022 Distiller's Cut, Monkey chose woodruff as the 48th ingredient to spice up the flavor profile.

Galium odoratum, the Latin name for woodruff, is a member of the Rubiaceae family. This family of herbs has a fragrant and spicy aroma due to the coumarin the plants contain.

In Germany, woodruff is a well-known flavoring ingredient for drinks. You can find it in sodas and sweets like jelly, ice pops, and much more. In most cases, it comes with a high level of sweetness. For this Gin, though, it does not.

Wild woodruff plant in the forest

Tasting Notes for the 2022 Distiller's Cut

I love the complexity of Monkey 47, so I was super curious to see how the addition of woodruff changed the taste of the spirit. And I was quite surprised...

  • Aroma - The nose is quite complex, with rich notes of vanilla and cinnamon. In the background, you can smell the distinct woodruff aroma.
  • Taste - On the palate, the woodruff notes are even more pronounced. Although, as mentioned, without the typical sweetness. The taste is relatively spicy, with warming notes of cinnamon and vanilla.

Overall, the flavor is very unique and hard to compare. It reminds me of a rich, damp forest. Warm notes from vanilla and cinnamon complement this impression and make this Gin truly special.

How to use in cocktails

The hints of spice in the Gin make it a great choice for a Gin-based Margarita riff. But I also like it in a Gin & Tonic paired with Fentiman's Tonic.

Bottle of Monkey Gin DC 22 on newspaper

How to buy it 

As the Distiller's cut is strictly limited, it's a challenge to get the chance to buy one. For US customers, they have 4,000 bottles of the smaller 0,375l version reserved. -Another 4,000 bottles of the 0,5l standard size are available for the rest of the world.

If you wanted to get your hands on it, you better be fast. Monkey organizes a huge raffle to pick the lucky ones who are then eligible to buy one of the prestigious bottles. Usually, this raffle fills up quickly - it was no different for the 2022 expression. Only a few thousand lucky ones won an option to buy the sought-after collectible.

If you were not among them, you might still be able to buy a bottle in selected shops. Though at a higher price.

Should you be generally interested in buying Monkey's special releases, follow them on one of their social media channels. They actively promote all upcoming limited editions. That gives you plenty of time to register for the raffles.

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