KWV uses truffles to make new London dry gin

4th August, 2015 by Amy Hopkins

South African wine and spirits producer KWV has launched a grape-based London dry gin distilled with rare Kalahari truffles.

KWV's new Cruxland gin counts rare

KWV’s new Cruxland gin counts rare Kalahari truffles among its botanicals

Cruxland gin is described as a “boutique” brand and also contains juniper berries, honey bush tea, coriander, rooibos, aniseed, cardamom, almonds, and lemon among its botanicals list.

“We wanted to create a special gin with botanicals typical to South Africa and knew we needed a special ingredient to complement the flavours of the other botanicals,” said master distiller Pieter de Bod.

“Kalahari truffles only grow in the Kalahari after the first rains so we had to wait for that to happen and then we got the volumes we needed,” he explains.”

“The Kalahari truffle forms a distinctive crack in the earth in the form of a cross when the truffle swells after the rain. Having said this, only the very experienced truffle hunter can spot where to start digging.”

Described as having a “bold” and “earthy” character, Cruxland will initially be available through South African online retailer Yuppiechef before rolling out internationally.

Anneke Mackenzie, KWV’s global portfolio manager for spirits, said that since KWV specialises in premium brandy and wine, it was a “natural progression to produce a 100% grape-based gin.

Earlier this month, spirits producer Thompson’s launched its Bordelais Grape Gin made with 15 botanicals including caviar and peaches.

One Response to “KWV uses truffles to make new London dry gin”

  1. Liquor Hunt says:

    Wow….that sound delicious. Have to share this with our readers on

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