J’Something’s Jin Gin is certainly not old-hat Mother’s Ruin
South African gin makers have been wowing the country by producing more of what has become one of the trendiest drinks around.
There are refineries making gin from fynbos and all sorts of other unlikely ingredients. And local celebrities are starting to hop on the band wagon by releasing their own brands.
Last week Khanyi Mbau launched her gin, The Spirit of Khanyi Mbau, and it received some hype on social media.
This week another celebrity, singer and cuisine king J’Something, launched his Jin Gin at Ginologist at The Sheds.
J’Something was a gracious and humble host, making his way around the room and chatting to almost everybody there and thanking them for coming.
Watching this brother interact with everyone made it feel as if you were spending an evening out at a friend’s house. There was no pretension, no superiority – just a great welcome. A few local celebrities could learn from J.
City Press spoke to him about his new gin and future endeavours.
“The name is a play on gin and the term we use in Portugal when toasting ‘cin cin’.”
He said some celebs put their faces or names on the brand and that was that. “It isn’t too often they get involved in actually making it.”
There are three bottles with different flavours. One is a rooibos, honey and orange. It tastes absolutely delightful.
“I always have rooibos and honey before singing and in the south of Portugal we have lovely oranges and so I wanted to bring that flavour in, too.”
Although there was a small crowd, there were a few famous faces. Rapper Moozlie – in all black – looked menacingly swagged out. Street legend and a hero of the decks, Kenzhero, was there, as were J’Something’s band mates from Mi Casa, Dr Duda and Mo-T.
The only formalities on the night came in the form of a short speech by J who thanked the owners of Ginologist for their help in getting Jin Gin on to the shelves. (Ginologist Gin was voted the best local gin in production at the moment.)
J also took time to emphasise responsible drinking, saying his brand is for level-headed individuals who know what their limits are.
Jin Gin is now available in stores.
Altaaf Kazi and J’Something at the launch of the Jin Gin