J’Some­thing’s Jin Gin is cer­tainly not old-hat Mother’s Ruin

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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

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