Passion, quality, only natural ingredients, innovation founded on more than 300 years of story behind… BANKES is a top quality London Dry Gin, a unique innovative blending revisiting very traditional England made distillates meticulously obtained according to over 300 years old recipes.
The distillates are obtained by re-distilling in traditional copper-made pot stills, neutral spirit infused with a subtle blend of 10 different botanicals sourced from all over the world, including Juniper berries, Coriander seeds, Orange and Lemon peels, blended together and enriched with essential notes coming from other roots and exotic spices. Every year each individual botanical is carefully selected for its unique quality.
Distillates come from England, the home of London Dry Gin by traditional Gin Distillers at the Langley Distillery in Birmingham.
The Langley Distillery, one of the most acknowledged and prized distilleries in England, is managed by over 30 years experienced Master Distillers who look at distillation process as an handicraft art. The meeting of Master Distiller with Campari’s experiences have further developed this Gin with citrus tones to give that “special something”, a subtle combination of quality ingredients, methodology, “nose” and experience.
BANKES is unique. The distillates method of production, blend of botanicals and selection of batches are all very personal to London Dry Gin of true character. Family traditions over 150 years old are testament to the honesty of this individual Gin. Furthermore the innovative blending of different traditional distillate recipes into BANKES recipe gives a respectful personal twist on sensorial experiences.
Old traditional well-proven copper pot stills are used (Jenny, 18 yo and Angela 108 yo), which have the reputation of making the best London Dry Distilled Gins. To get the best out of selected botanicals, the distillation process starts with an individual marinating process that involves many hours of the botanicals mixing with neutral alcohol before distillation commences, as marinating helps to extract the special flavours and characteristics of ingredients.
A crisp gin with gentle citrus overtones and a spicy fruit edge, BANKES can be taken either on its own over ice or without ice if you wish to really appreciate its true flavours. It goes particularly well with tonic water and other mixers.
Elephant London Dry Gin is a handcrafted premium gin of 45% ABV that captures the spirit of Africa. Its innovative blend of 14 botanicals combines rare African ingredients with fresh apples that make Elephant Gin distinct from any other.
The design of Elephant Gin’s logo as a stamp is a nod to the letters sent home by the 19th century explorers of Africa, in which they described the botanical discoveries they made. Writing letters was the only form of communication at the time, without which Elephant Gin may have never heard the tales of these explorers.
Each bottle is custom-made and embossed with a crest in the shape of the typical tribal shield.
Elephant Gin’s labels are hand-written by a calligrapher and carry the name of a past great tusker or elephant that its partner foundations currently help to protect.
Elephant Strength Gin is our take on a so-called “navy strength,” whose origin comes from the Royal English Navy and putting a gin to test by lighting it with gunpowder. If the gin had at least 57% ABV, then it surely survived the test and was proclaimed of navy strength.
Elephant Strength is based on the award-winning Elephant London Dry Gin and with its 57% ABV, it is stronger and richer than the original. The Strength encompasses twice the quantity of botanicals and a focus on the extraordinary African buchu, sweet orange peel and herbaceous mountain pine. It is a gentle giant!
Taste and Aromas
The gin is powerful (think elephant-powerful), intense and full-bodied, with a fresh aroma and a higher viscosity than the original; superb in cocktails, it’s equally perfect for recreating the African bush Sundowner experience and for bold adventures across urban plains.
The Elephant Strength bottle takes inspiration from its naval origins with navy blue accents and an inviting map of the ocean, conjuring far-flung exploration and the spirit of adventure at the heart of the brand. Instead of the hemp string that ties around the London Dry bottles, the Strength Gin features a rope-like string with a charming miniature anchor hanging from it.
The Elephant Strength labels carry the names of the so-called Magnificent Seven: the strongest and most impressive elephants known to Kruger National Park, South Africa, these precious bull elephants all bore tusks weighing more than 50kg each.
A Dutch gin which was launched in 2014, Bobby’s Schiedam Dry Gin features a recipe inspired by the creator’s grandfather, Bobby Alfons. It’s made with a combination of local and exotic ingredients, including juniper, clove, lemongrass, cubeb peppers and rosehips. Highlighting the meeting of Dutch and Indonesian flavours in the spirit, Bobby’s Schiedam Dry Gin comes in a bottle which harks back to the style of vessel used to hold jenever, with a pattern inspired by Indonesian designs.