The beach, the jungle, the mountains. Cities or rivers or grasslands. Wherever your next journey might take you, let KWV Cruxland Gin frame your adventure with a glass filled with memories.
It’s no secret that I have crowned myself somewhat of a gin-connoisseur over the last few years. I’ll often swap my glass of well-deserved wine for an icy, refreshing gin. Between The Tall Hedonist and myself, we’ve built up an impressive collection of South African craft gins. Mood-dependent, we savour each one for the artisinal spirit that it is. But even though I have an unspoken rule to never re-purchase an emptied bottle, my feet somehow always lead me back to my next bottle of Cruxland.
To celebrate their incredible feat at the 2020 World Gin Awards, team Cruxland sent a bottle my way. Always itching for an outdoor adventure, I knew just the perfect place to honour this incredible gin.
The coveted KWV Cruxland Gin is now the best London Dry Gin in the world – a first for South African gins. After final tastings by acclaimed judges all over the world, KWV Cruxland Gin was named the World’s Best London Dry Gin at the 2020 World Gin Awards in London on 27 February.
For the first time in history, a South African gin has secured this title. KWV’s celebrated Cruxland Gin did not only beat entries from England, the king of gin, but also France, Japan, Canada, Germany, China, Italy, Denmark, Spain, Belgium and Sweden.
Presented by the popular resource for drinks professionals, The Drinks Report, the globe’s best tasting and best designed gins were announced at the Honourable Artillery Company in London during the Gin Magazine Awards Dinner. Preceding Cruxland’s announcement as overall winner for the World’s Best London Dry Gin, the brand scored a category win during the awards’ first-round results in 2020, 2019 and 2018 (press release).
How we met
It was actually The Tall Hedonist who first drew my attention to Cruxland Gin. An event on my social calendar that I never, ever miss, I first laid eyes on Cruxland at the 2018 Cape Town Gin and Tonic Festival. The photo below captures a bit of the festival two years ago.
Sometime during the day, I lost sight of Tim for a minute, and I scanned the sea of people to catch sight of him. There he stood, in the middle of the crowd, cradling a taster glass to his chest, his eyes closed and a slight smile on his lips. I instantly knew that he has fallen deeply and irrevocably in love. His love interest? A shot of gin. And not just any gin, I might add. That was the start of our adventure with Cruxland.
Fast forward a few years, and it’s still our top gin in The Little House. Always welcomed on a lazy weekend or after a long day’s work, we often drink it without the frills or fancies.
Served in a crystal copa de balon glass, with a block of ice, a splash of good quality Indian tonic, and a sprig of fragrant rosemary, it conjures up scents of fynbos after a hot summer’s day. When I feel a bit more adventurous, I’ll swap the rosemary for a citrus wheel, and a good squidge of fresh lemon or lime juice across the rim. In this case, less is always more.
The clean, neat, albeit deliciously complex lines of Cruxland gin simply laps up the earthiness of woody herbs. It welcomes the fresh acidity from citrus, as it takes hold of the spiciness of the coriander.
We always find ourselves re-tracing our footsteps down memory lane when we’ve comfortably sat ourselves down at sunset with a Cruxland gin in hand. I still find it incredible how many memories a sight, a smell, a taste or a sound can invoke.
The sound of laughter and our clinking glasses of Cruxland, there’s always time to adventure, whether in memory or in armchair. Steeped in stories and the spirit of the venturesome, Cruxland Gin invites the explorer inside all of us to get out and make memories.
Cruxland Gin deserves classic, and begs for you to be bold. As bold as the incredibly rare and enigmatic Kalahari N’abbas, also known as ‘Kalahari truffles’ that form the base of this gin.
Style: London-style Dry Gin
Botanicals: Kalahari truffles and nine exotic signature botanicals
Flavour profile: boasts a distinct earthy character, enhanced with notes of fresh juniper, lemon, coriander and spices.
I’m always excited to meet someone who has not yet had the privilege to embark on a sensory journey with Cruxland Gin. No wonder I always travel with a bottle in my backpack! You never know what life holds around the next corner; you might as well turn it into an adventure.
Thank you, team Cruxland, for allowing me the pleasure of adventures, any time and any where!
Disclaimer: I was given this product(s) as part of a press drop in exchange for my honest and truthful opinion and review thereof. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are solely those of The Little Hedonist, given in good faith and in no way influenced by the company or its affiliates. All images, unless otherwise stated / credited, are also my own.
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