Monkey 47 was created by Montgomery Collins, who developed a great interest in gin after learning about the distillation of fruit liqueurs in the Black Forest, Germany. From there he created Schwarzwald Dry Gin which became the trademark spirit for his guesthouse until the 1970s. Almost four decades later his story was rediscovered by Alexander Stein, who just so happened to descend from a family of distillers. From knowing very little about the creation and more about consumption, Alexander found distiller Christoph Keller, who was renowned for his fruit brandies. Christoph was also drawn by the challenge of breathing new life into this gin and the pair began their journey. Montgomery Collins’ Black Forest Gin was to be reborn as Monkey 47.