PRODUCTS

Our Spirits

As a small, but well-equipped distillery, Deep South is able to manufacture and bottle almost any kind of spirit.  We experiment continuously with processes, ingredients, and recipes as a way of mastering both the science of craft spirits and the art.

Not all products that we create make it to the general market
  • some are made for our clients
  • some are for limited release to a closed community or for the distiller's private bin
  • some are reserved as base spirits for contract clients
  • some are only for tasting or for workshops at the distillery.
But while you might not be able to get them in your local shop, a visit to the distillery might be worth your while some day!
Our focus at the moment is on white spirits, mainly gin, rum and infused vodkas. And there is the odd schnapps, or liqueur that may appear from time to time. We plan to do limited releases of some aged spirits in 2020.

Spirits Bottled
under the Deep South label

750ml bottle of Cape Dry gin

GIN

Cape Dry Gin

Cape Dry Gin

The Cape Dry Gin is a beautifully balanced, juniper-forward gin made in a classic dry gin style, but with additional botanicals grown and harvested in the Cape Peninsula. These mountain buchus add lovely herbal and floral aromas and flavours.

This gin was awarded a Double Gold medal at the Michelangelo International Wines and Spirits Awards in 2017 – two months before we officially opened our doors to sell our products, It also got Gold at the 2019 Sommelier Trophy awards and was awarded Gold and Gin of the Year medals at the London Spirits competition in 2019, outscoring more than 300 gins from around the world.

Cape Dry is available in 750ml, 500ml (gift box), 200ml and 40ml sizes

Tasting Notes

AROMA

Bright pine and lemon scents underscored by soft herbaceous fynbos and a surprising hint of sweet spice.

PALATE

Displays across the full juniper spectrum with sweet candied citrus and floral herb complexity from the mountain buchu

FINISH

Sweet honeybush and a hint of pine forest woodiness

Botanicals

The Cape Dry contains a carefully balanced blend of juniper, coriander, angelica root, honeybush, cardamom, lemon peel, and mountain buchus (Agathosma sp)


Perfect Serve

A balanced gin which adds something special to any classic recipe such as Negroni or Gin Martini.  Our favourite is the classic Gin & Tonic, especially when enhanced with a garnish that brings out both the citrus and herbal notes of the gin. A Copa glass complements the fragrance in the glass.

Favorite recipe: Classic G&T

    1. Pour double measure of Cape Dry Gin over lots of ice (4-6 blocks)
    2. Add a good Indian Tonic - about 1:1 mix for a stiff drink, or 1:3 if you prefer a lighter G&T
    3. Garnish with twist of lemon peel freshly cut and a finger-length sprig of rosemary.  A scattering of juniper berries, if you have, enhances the visual appeal. 

Note: Deep South Gins are made only with natural botanicals, including selected roots which prolong the life of colours and aromas. Exposure to bright light heat or oxygen, especially once the bottle is opened, will lead naturally to bottle aging and fading of some of the aromas and flavours over time . Best consumed within 2 months of opening and 4 months of purchase.

GIN

Ruby Gin

Ruby Gin

Ruby is a flavourful aromatic gin made in a contemporary floral style. Heady scents of rose and lavender blend with the deeper, darker fruity notes of honeybush lifted by the exotic scent of hibiscus.  The colour is derived from an infusion with hibiscus flowers.  This is a gin that invites exploration and is superb with flavoured tonics, and abundant fruit for delicious cocktails with a contemporary style. 

Ruby was awarded a Gold medal by the South African Women's Wine and Spirits Association in 2018.

Ruby Gin is available in 750ml, 500ml (gift box), 200ml and 40ml sizes

TASTING NOTES

AROMA

Top notes of rose and citrus on a scented herbaceous lavender background, spiked with sweet spice.

PALATE

Juniper and lavender combine on the mid-palate, encased in Turkish Delight flavours from the pelargonium. Complexity and density provided by the honeybush and spices

FINISH

Deep berry jam and fynbos linger with sweet spice and persistent lavender

BOTANICALS

Ruby Gin contains  juniper, coriander, angelica root, honeybush, lemon peel, orris root, cassia bark, lavender, elderberry, hibiscus and rose pelargonium

PERFECT SERVE: Ruby Hibiscus G&T

A gorgeous and hugely popular gin that invites creativity. Ruby challenges you to play. Equally delicious sipped neat on the rocks (like Campari), as a cocktail in a tall glass with muddled fruit and a mixer, or enjoyed with tonic or a dry ginger ale and garnished with citrus and herbs of your choice.

FAVOURITE RECIPE
  1. Pour 50ml of Ruby Gin over lots of ice (4-6 blocks)
  2. Add 200ml of Barker & Quin Hibiscus Tonic 
  3. Garnish with slice or two of sweet orange and a sprig of garden thyme.

Note: Deep South Gins are made only with natural botanicals, including selected roots which prolong the life of colours and aromas. Exposure to bright light heat or oxygen, especially once the bottle is opened, will lead naturally to bottle aging and fading of some of the aromas and flavours over time . Best consumed within 2 months of opening and 4 months of purchase.

 

VODKA

Chilli Vodka

Chilli Vodka

Deep South Chilli Vodka is crafted in small batches from triple-distilled pure grain spirit infused with carefully ripened sun-dried chillies.  The specification for this spirit was "No tears; no sweat; just a lingering warm feeling in the chest."

Its creamy smooth mouth feel and authentic chilli flavours and aromas make a perfect Chilli Bloody Mary.  Chilli lovers will enjoy the spirit served straight from the freezer in a chilled, frosted shot glass,  garnished with a twist of lime for extra zing.

TASTING NOTES

AROMA

Authentic chilli notes with a tart, fresh aroma

PALATE

Initial chilli bite, but not excessive. Aromatic spicy flavours from the capsaicin in the chilli, again with a flavour of red pepper.  Slight savoury smokiness.  (Noticeable absence of the usual unpleasant spirit taste that comes from cheap vodkas)

FINISH

Warmth and tingling on the tongue and in the throat, penetrating to the chest.  Dissipating heat with lingering vegetable flavours on the palate. 

BOTANICALS

Chilli Vodka contains a selection of red, ripened chillis, mainly Thai hot chillis and cayenne pepper with a Scoville Heat score of between 20000 and 60000.   A variety of preparations is in the recipe, including fresh, dried and slightly smoked proportions. 

PERFECT SERVE

The Chilli vodka is spectacular in a classic Bloody Mary, giving the tomato cocktail a wonderful soft spicy heat, with no need for the usual addition of a variety of spices and sauces. 

FAVOURITE RECIPE: Chilli Mary
    1. Pour single measure of chill vodka over 2-3 blocks of ice. 
    2.  Add 200ml of tomato juice - preferably the fairly thick kind
    3. Stir well to ensure the vodka is fully mixed in. 
    4. Garnish with slice of lemon, and a sprinkling of Himalayan Salt and ground pepper if you like. 
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