ARTICLE: The Archaeologist gin

I have to confess that I hadn't heard of the The Archaeologist gin until very recently - and now that I know more about it, it's not a gin that I'm ever likely to bring you a tasting review of! But nonetheless it's such an intriguing story that I wanted to share it with you.

The logo below is not one you'd expect to see on a gin blog I'm sure, so read on & find out more!

The story starts with Ehinher Kraftad, who are an internationally renowned manufacturer of custom-made motorbikes.

For decades, its founder Uwe Ehinger has been searching the most remote places on the planet for antique motorbikes, and saving them for dealing or as core pieces for designing his own models. This earned him the nickname ˮThe Archaeologist".

Ehinger has decades of experience as a racing and sports machine driver, as a world-wide trader with rare machines and parts, and not least as an engineer and developer. In 2008, he and Katrin Oeding founded Ehinger Kraftrad.

The company designs design concepts for motorcycles, motorcycle parts and fashion.

So what's this got to do with gin? Let me introduce you to The Archaeologist gin ...

"The Archaeologist" is a premium Dry Gin – and definitely the first spirit of its kind. It's filled in bottles together with original engine parts of legendary Harley Davidson bikes that Ehinger has discovered someplace over the world: 1939 Flathead camshafts from the Mexican desert, 1947 Knucklehead screw-nuts from Chile or 1962 Panhead rocker arms from South Korea.

Yes, the engine parts really ARE inside the bottle - well, I suppose it does make a difference from some gins which claim to be distilled with previously-unheard-of botanicals which are delicately foraged by unicorns once a decade from a mystical faraway land I guess! 😁

The whole product and packaging design recreates the handmade packaging of motorcycle parts in the 30s and 40s, using authentic materials and techniques.

The bottle is custom-made handcrafted clear glass with bottom-side counter bore and an original Harley engine part welded on a stainless-steel socket inside. The parts of the motorbikes are specially cleaned and sealed with a tin alloy to make it safe for them to be used in a drink.

a close-up view of the engine part in the bottle

The entire look and feel recreates the original packing of the antique engine parts – using authentic materials and historic techniques. Packages are made using selected pieces of cardboard and colours, and printed on an original Heidelberg Tiegel printing press from 1931. Waxed wrapping paper tells the story of how each part was found.

The product is completed with hand-stamped, tamper-proof seals and clenched hang-tags, each bearing the unique serial number of the engine part in its respective bottle. Every bottle of The Archaeologist is unique.

There are 3 different Archaeologist Gin bottles (all contain the same gin):

Visually, the entire end product just looks absolutely stunning:

So if you're tempted by this fusion of motorbikes & gin, what's the damage? (excuse the pun!)

Well, the 1962 Panhead retails at €900, the 1947 Knucklehead at €1000, and the 1939 Flathead at €1100 ... not your average gin, that's for sure! But then again, you are buying a piece of Harley Davidson history.

The gins are all currently out of stock (so there is clearly a market for them), so you'll need to keep checking the website for availability.

Don't forget to let me know if you decide to invest!