I do love a good gin – even better if it’s a locally made craft Gin! And, given all the alcohol bans, it’s now more important than ever to support these small businesses.
So, I got very excited when Still-Oaky Distillery – a boutique craft distillery owned and managed by husband and wife team Fanie and Annerie Smit – reached out and asked me if I’d like to try a few of their Gin options. The brands small, contemporary range is the result of the analytics of a software programmer and creativeness of a chef.
The idea for Still-Oaky was kindled on the slopes of the Magaliesberg and materialized in the Mother City, with a small distillery based in Strand.
Being one of only 15% of the worlds’ Gin producers who produce their own base alcohol enables Still-Oaky to bring you a true craft product. They are hands-on in the entire process of fermenting their own alcohol from Apple, distilling, bottling and packaging their authentic Craft Gins with custom-made equipment.
I was lucky enough to sample 3 of their delicious Gin variants:
Still-Oaky Searsia London Dry Gin R370 (BUY)
This Gin is fermented and distilled from an apple base with a special blend of African, Indian and European botanicals. Because the gin is produced from apples, any fruit garnish is amplified by the natural flavour.
Enjoy it with Indian Tonic a slice of fresh orange and Granny Smith apple.
Still-Oaky Roasted Rooibos R370 (BUY)
The Rooibos used in this Gin is sourced from the Piketberg region and dark roasted prior to infusing it into this Gin. It’s a first of its kind with a very unique note of veld fire smoke, complimented by the fresh forest scent of Rooibos Fynbos. I love it because it’s a true South African flavour.
Enjoy this gin with grapefruit tonic or Fitch & Leedes new Blue Tonic and garnish a slice of fresh orange or grapefruit, fresh thyme or mint.
Still-Oaky Aardvark Gin R375 (BUY)
This classic London Gin that is locally distilled with a globally foraged botanical blend. Aardvark is best paired with pink or regular tonic and garnished with slices of cucumber, fresh oreganum and freshly ground black pepper.
Very excitingly, Still-Oaky will be launching their Gin bar at Dutch Haven Bistro in Durbanville (Highstreet) on 3 September 2021. Click HERE for more info.
Stand a chance of winning a bottle of the Roasted Rooibos Infused Gin (my favourite) valued at R370
Then, leave a comment below this post telling me how you like to serve your gin (on ice, with cucumber or lemon etc)
Be sure to include your email address (only I can see it) so I can contact you, should you be the winner.
The winner will be announced next week Friday 6 August 2021.
This giveaway is only open to residents of South Africa.