It’s not very often we stumble across something that lets us write about our two loves. Motorbikes and Gin. However, A rather fabulous German called Uwe Ehinger has made this possible by producing a rather unique, limited run of the popular spirit.
Known as The Archaeologist, Uwe was infected with Harley fever when he was seventeen years old. The brand became his passion, and he dedicated his time to seeking out lost Harley’s. There were times his searches led him to rat infested barns, or singing in front of the South Korean police after watching them crush a few dozen of his adored bikes.
Of course, once he had acquired historical parts, bikes, and treasures he had to decide what to do with them. Not everything from the past can be repaired. However it can be preserved and, it was this process of preserving that lead him to an epiphany.
Uwe takes Harley parts, including a 1939 Flathead camshaft from the Mexican desert, 1947 Knucklehead screw-nuts from Chile and 1962 Panhead rocker arm from South Korea. He then preserves them in spirits. Of course, it’s a little more exciting than that.
We might just try to replicate the effect by pouring ourselves a long Bombay Sapphire and licking various bike parts.
Most die hard bike fans want their lives to be consumed by their passion. The smells and the sounds all being a part of that. For Uwe, he knew he could deliver a journey for another sense. The taste of the motorcycle.
Taking some of his most treasured finds, he cleanses and seals them with a tin alloy. This process ensures that they are safe for human consumption. The parts are then encased in a bottle, and a premium dry gin surrounds them.
Every detail of The Archaeologists Gin has been thought over, as you would expect from a man who so passionately loves each aspect of the Harley. Once bottled, the gin is placed in a wrapping and box. This is to replicate the presentation of how those particular parts would have been packaged back in the 40’s and 50’s.
The result is a gin which gives you the taste of an iconic brand’s history, or so The Archaeologist says. We aren’t entirely convinced on the taste side, but we love the concept and the branding. Although for 900 Euros, we might just try to replicate the effect by pouring ourselves a long Bombay Sapphire and licking various bike parts.
If you fancy buying a bottle, there are a few left on The Archaeologist Gin website.