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From poos to booze: ellies have been there, dung that to make perfect gin

The world is drunk on the alcohol this SA artisanal distiller makes from carefully selected elephant droppings

Sisipho Skweyiya

One of the joys of artisanal gin-making is sniffing the fragrant botanicals, fruits and seeds used to create the aromatic spirit — but not usually after they've passed through the digestive tract of an elephant.

Yet that is exactly what Les Ansley does when, foraging through the SA wilderness, he finds a prime specimen of elephant dung, lifting it to his nose to inhale its complex aroma before bagging it to be made into high-end booze.

Launched in 2018, Indlovu gin — named after the regional Nguni word for elephant — has expanded into the US, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Japan and Taiwan during the Covid-19 pandemic...

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