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The Gin Box

The Gin Box is South Africa’s first craft gin club.  According to Jean Buckham, owner and founder of The Gin Box, South Africa is experiencing a gin revolution at present. “South Africa is producing world class gins – thanks to the bravery and innovation of the local distillers but also thanks to the abundance of cape fynbos botanicals – including rooibos, and Highveld bush botanicals which are adding a whole new flavour spectrum to South African gin.  Through The Gin Box we hope to inform gin enthusiasts about which are the best gins to purchase, what to drink them with and how to build up a gin collection, i.e. a few good gins to offer guests with paired tonic waters and garnishes”, says Jean.

Jean, whose obsession with gin started in 2015 when she went for a gin tasting at Hope On Hopkins, a small artisanal gin distillery in Salt River, Cape Town, says: “I was totally blown away by the versatility of gin. Then I watched an episode of BBC’s Dragons Den early in 2017 which showed all 5 of the ‘Dragons’ clawing each other for a 7.5% stake in the Craft Gin Club which really got me thinking … surely this can work in South Africa!.

Subscribers of The Gin Box will receive one of South Africa’s finest small-batch craft gins along with tonic water and hand-selected gourmet food items which complement the gin, in their box. In addition members will receive comprehensive distiller’s notes and recipes which work well with the chosen gin.”

The Gin Box offers three subscription offers, i.e. a monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly – you choose how often you get a gin of the month box. No two months will be the same. It is also available as a gift.  Once you’ve joined, you will have the option to pause, upgrade, downgrade, etc.  You can expect the following in your box:

  • A 750ml bottle of the monthly small batch choice of Craft Gin
  • A brace of local or international tonics
  • Three hand selected gourmet food items to suit the Gin
  • A comprehensive copy of the Distiller’s Tasting and Technical notes, and a complete history of the Gin
  • Creative suggestions for quality pairings
  • Ideas on experimental garnishes to bring your glass of gin to life.

The Gin Box stocks both the Classic G&T Frost Popsicles and the 5 Berry Infusion G&T Frost Popsicles. You can also order a party box from them with 5 of each!  Read more about Hope On Hopkins, the creators of the gin for these popular popsicles, here.

Give a truly unique gift this Christmas with three limited edition Hope on Hopkins gins produced specially for The Gin Box to celebrate the season of giving. Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh are the star attractions in the Christmas Gin Box and all three gins are defined by spiced, aromatic notes of cinnamon, star anise, coriander, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, angelica root, zesty citrus and of course classic Juniper.

Address: 5 Chamberlain Road, Cape Town, Western Cape
Tel: 021 671 2577
Twitter @TheGinBoxSA