Monks Gin is carefully crafted using African botanicals in the Western Cape, South Africa. They use handpicked flora from the mountains cradling the distillery, which is infused with crystal clear water to turn simple into sublime. Monks Gin actively supports local South African farmers, as their workforce is made up of farmers from the local region, who before working at Monks Gin were unemployed. They offer training in both farming and hospitality.
Monks Gin is an award-winning South African craft, dry gin brand on a mission to create single-batch, premium gins and infusing them with African medicinal herbs. You can expect intensely flavour-forward botanicals, nine of them hand-picked locally and many endemic to the Cape Valley where they are based. Combined with crystal-clear mountain waters and the result is a rewarding one, featuring ripples of citrus, berries and Cape Buchu.
Driven by their love of their picturesque valley and their passion for African botanicals, coupled with their taste for artisanal gin, they began the Monks Gin journey by building South Africa’s first off-grid distillery late in 2017.
By hand-picking African flora from the mountains cradling the distillery, they masterfully infuse gin with the healing potential of African medicinal plants to manifest the magic that is Monks Gin.
Take, for example, one of their drinks, Mysterium which is infused with, among other things, the herb Sceletium, a natural mood enhancer sometimes referred to as the ‘pathway to the gods’, while Medella features blueberries, grown on the farm and well known as a vitamin-rich superfood high in antioxidants and an age old remedy even in Chinese medicine. If you are a lover of fine gin and also have an appreciation for the therapeutic benefits of medicinal flora, Monks Gin is the drink for you.
Monks Gin has also received many presigious awards for its gins including the World Gin Awards, double gold at the Michelangelo International Wine and Spirit Award, and gold at the South African Craft Gin Awards