Published On 10/03/2018

Monkey 47 Distiller’s Cut 2018 - Red Mustard Cress

As is widely known, our often-showcased botanical curiosity reaches its distillatory crescendo during our quest to find the “Species Rara”, that one extra-special ingredient for our Monkey 47 Distiller’s Cut. But as lovely as the views tend to be, does that always have to mean huffing and puffing across dizzying mountain ranges? Au contraire...

This year, that good old wanderlust and our penchant for experimentation led us into the very guts of the London underground. Not the Tube itself, thank heavens, but to Growing Underground, where Steven Dring and Richard Ballard cultivate special types of microleaves – all without any kind of carbon footprint! There, in an access tunnel 47 metres below the bustling streets of Clapham (all right, it’s actually “only” 33 metres...), we found what we were looking for among the company's subterranean stock of superlative seedlings.

 

We owe our encounter with red mustard cress to an article in Business Punk magazine, which was what provided the impetus for the talented Mr Monkey's journey into the depths of the United Kingdom's capital. Once invitations to a momentous meeting of the botanical minds at the destillery in 24 Höfe were extended, Messrs Dring and Ballard were happy to come, see, and sow.

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