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Firm is selling gin infused with elephant dung

By T.K. Randall
November 13, 2019 · Comment icon 11 comments

Would you try elephant dung gin ? Image Credit: Airman st Class Kenna Jackson
A South African gin known as Indlovu is made by combining regular ingredients with elephant excrement.
Some people claim that they will try anything once and this unorthodox drink - which is fully infused with the flavors of elephant faeces - will no doubt put such a boast to the ultimate test.

Known as Indlovu (meaning 'elephant' in Zulu), the new gin is the brainchild of Les and Paula Ansley who came across the idea after learning that elephants only digest a third of the fruits they eat.

"As a consequence, in the elephant dung, you get the most amazing variety of these botanicals," said Les. "[So my wife suggested] 'why don't we let the elephants do the hard work of collecting all these botanicals and we will make gin from it ?'"

The resulting drink, which now uses dung that the couple collect themselves with their bare hands, reportedly has a "lovely, wooded, almost spicy, earthy" flavor.
Around five bags full of elephant dung can produce up to 4,000 bottles costing $32 each.

"The initial reaction of most people is, 'What? There's no way,'" said Les.

"But most people are very keen to actually taste it."

Incredibly, the gin has proven a hit with tourists who frequently buy a bottle to take home and share with their friends and family. The product also sells quite well in duty-free shops as well as online.

The chances of it turning up on supermarket shelves worldwide however seem rather slim.

Source: Huffington Post | Comments (11)

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Comment icon #2 Posted by freetoroam 4 years ago
A normal person would use the whole fruits instead of picking up the passed products. 
Comment icon #3 Posted by SpaceBumZaphod 4 years ago
Ummm, no thanks. I'll stick with Beefeater. 
Comment icon #4 Posted by 'Walt' E. Kurtz 4 years ago
Do you know what's brown and sounds like a bell?    "DUNG"  This could be their add.  I stick to the other brands of gin to make myself some G&T
Comment icon #5 Posted by Roshman 4 years ago
This story is total crap.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Buzz_Light_Year 4 years ago
Kopi luwak or Civet Coffee is coffee brewed by collecting coffee beans passed through the digestive system of the Asian Palm Civet. I wonder how elephant dung gin and civet coffee would go over in the morning cup of joe.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Hankenhunter 4 years ago
Meh, gin tastes like a miners sock thats been allowed to ferment. Adding elephant crap can only improve the taste. 
Comment icon #8 Posted by Vox 4 years ago
A new spin to being sxxt-faced.
Comment icon #9 Posted by highdesert50 4 years ago
The problem with the gene pool, errr gin pool, is that there is no lifeguard.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Stiff 4 years ago
Ironic. There's bar near me that sells something similar but in lager form. It's not actually made from elephant dung but somehow they've managed to make it taste like it is.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Matt221 4 years ago
Mmmm this gin infused with elephant s**t is really gorgeous..... said nobody ever.

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