Amabala Nguni Dry Gin



A traditional dry gin with juniper berry, angelica root, sweet orange peel, coriander and cardamom – with a contemporary twist of lemongrass and umsuzwane; making this one of the most refreshing gins in Africa. Best served with a classic Indian Tonic and with a slice of lime and cucumber, allowing the flavour to develop from the gin.

Celebrating Africa’s Nguni Cattle

Nguni cattle play an important cultural and social part in many South African’s lives. In KwaZulu-Natal, the Zulu people have a particularly poetic naming practice for their cattle, often related to the birds, animals, insects and plants that they encounter on their grazing lands. Amabala is a description literally meaning “spotted” and refers to a white Nguni with black spots.

Umsuzwane: Their Signature Botanical

Part of the Verbenaceae family, umsuzwane (Lippia javanica) is a hardy shrub with aromatic leaves and small clusters of white flowers. It is also known as lemonbush, giving the gin its distinctive lemon undertone in both aroma and flavour. The plant is widespread throughout large parts of Southern and East Africa– ranging from the Eastern Cape northwards into Mozambique, Malawi, and Kenya.

Umsuzwane is well known medicinally to many African people. The leaves, twigs and roots are used in traditional medicine by the Xhosa people (who call it ‘inzinziniba’) as a general health tonic and to treat coughs and ‘flu.

It is also used in ceremonies to ward off crocodiles, lightning and rabid dogs – and you wouldn’t want any of those interfering with your G&T!

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Additional information

Weight 1.2 kg

Regular, Miniature 50ML