It began, as so many good things do, in the most humble way: a shed normally used to house our six dogs and an old copper geyser converted into a still. From there the dream unfolded to make a gin that would make a difference in the South African craft distillery industry and abroad.
Distiller Charles Bryant was soon joined by his brother Glenn and friend Luigi Marucchi who shared the desire to create something really special. When it came to the still, we decided to re-invent the wheel by custom-designing a traditional copper still to our precise specifications.
Our research into molecular distillation revealed that some of the delicate botanicals would be better preserved by being distilled under vacuum and blended later. What started off as an exploration of technology and botany evolved into a passion – and that’s how Six Dogs gin came into the world.
Six Dogs Karoo gin was the first in our range and the realisation of a vision to create a gin that would stand out amongst the best in the world. A modern classic gin with a big juniper heart, Six Dogs Karoo is a delicate and balanced gin of twelve select botanicals. Its distinguishing botanicals are grown on our farm, which intersects three different bioregions, including the succulent Karoo, a vast semi-arid region that’s home to some of the world’s richest succulent flora. It is from here that we gather the Karoo thorn flower and wild lavender that make this gin unique.
Subtle citrus notes are introduced through the inclusion of limes, mandarins and farm-grown lemon buchu.
Six Dogs Blue derives its name from the blue pea flower (Clitoria Ternatea), an antioxidant and alleged aphrodisiac in traditional medicine. As chance would have it, ‘Blue’ was also the name of the smallest dog in our original pack of six. The infusion of blue pea gives the gin its striking and entirely natural colour, while the alchemy of this unusual botanical is further revealed when the gin is mixed with a good tonic, changing the colour to light pink. The first blue gin to be launched in South Africa, Six Dogs Blue is a classic dry gin with a slightly floral character, with hints of freshly-cut lucerne over hand-picked and morning-harvested rose pelargonium.
Six Dogs Pinotage is the love child of Six Dogs gin and our neighbour’s highly prized block of pinotage grapes. The gin itself is distilled in small batches through generous quantities of juniper and fresh citrus. It is then placed in tanks together with handpicked whole pinotage grapes for a period of several weeks to allow the gin to extract the deep red essence of this truly South African cultivar. Unique in terms of the process used, Six Dogs Pinotage combines flavour and character in such a way as to appeal to both gin and wine lovers around the world.
Six Dogs Honey Lime gin is the inevitable result of a sustainability project that began when South African bee conservation company, Bee Smiths, approached Six Dogs Distillery to relocate rescued bees to the farm where our distillery is situated. The farm, on the intersection of the Fynbos and Karoo biomes, proved to be the ideal location for the bees. Experimentation with the honey produced by these bees resulted in an irresistible gin that combines the zestiness of farm-grown limes with the contrasting subtle sweetness of the honey, and the finest botanical spirit.
|856792||Six Dogs Karoo Gin||750mL/6|
|856790||Six Dogs Blue Gin||750mL/6|
|856793||Six Dogs Pinotage Stained Gin||750mL/6|
|856791||Six Dogs Honey Lime Gin||750mL/6|
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