The KwaNtu Brand is a Gin and SPIRITS house that prides itself in African Heritage. Together with you, we seek to spark fruitful conversations about our culture and heritage.
Through the story of Ntu who originated along the River Nile giving birth to the indigenous people of Africa
we at kwaNtu believe that once we have a conversation about who we are and where we come from..
we will be able to find common purpose and UBUNTU. From Africa to the rest of the world, Share your story with kwaNtu.
Gin has been around for hundreds of years...
Most know that it is a spirit flavoured with botanicals and that the key botanical is juniper. Having a long and varied history however meant that, when it came to preparing regulations to cover the category
(as was the case with many other spirit categories being regulated across the EU at the same time), the provisions had to reflect and cover (and standardise), the production and key requirements in place at that time.
Distilled gin is a juniper-flavoured spirit drink, produced exclusively by distilling ethyl alcohol (of agricultural origin – a defined term in the regulations) with an initial alcoholic strength of at least 96% vol.
(i.e. a sprit that has been distilled to that ABV so as to ensure its purity, and must be certified to that standard, however often subsequently diluted down with water to a lower ABV for storage/safety and/or transport, before being redistilled with the required botanicals) in the presence of juniper berries (Juniperus communis L.) and of other all-natural botanicals, provided that the juniper taste is predominant.
The first key requirement for gin is juniper. All of the gin categories lay down a fundamental ‘predominant taste’ juniper element, but this flavour profile element remains purely subjective. There is no definitive test of flavour/strength of the juniper as the lead botanical.
This is a source of much debate, particularly given the increasing number of gins with strong additional flavour profiles. The intensity of juniper varies from brand to brand and indeed the type and geographical source of this natural product.
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