Made in the Cradle of Humankind

Black Horse Distillery is nestled in the Cradle of Humankind in the Magalies mountain range - among the oldest mountains in the world. The distillery was established in 2014 on the Black Horse family estate by Marius Bezuidenhout and Bernard Botha. They pride themselves on hand-crafting the purest vapour-infused GIN from fresh mountain spring water. Each bottle of Morality Amber GIN is distilled and bottled by hand from single malt barley, vapour-infused through a botanicals basket with Juniper berries, lemon and orange peel and a range of other spices, then casked in old French oak barrels giving a refreshing, flavourful and smooth finish.

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Morality Gin R339

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Meet the Distiller

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Distillery Tour

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Of Morality & the Gin Craze

The gin crisis was severe. From 1689 onward the English government encouraged the industry of distilling, as it helped prop up grain prices which were then low, and increase trade, particularly with England's colonial possessions. In the heyday of the industry there was no quality control whatsoever (gin was frequently mixed with turpentine), and licences for distilling required only the application.

When it became apparent that copious gin consumption was causing social problems, efforts were made to control the production of the spirit. The Gin Act 1736 imposed high taxes on sales of gin, forbade the sale of the spirit in quantities of less than two gallons and required an annual payment of £50 for a retail licence.

This had little effect beyond increasing smuggling and driving the distilling trade underground. Francis Place later wrote that enjoyments for the poor of this time were limited: they had often had only two: "...sexual intercourse and drinking," and that "...drunkenness is by far the most desired..." as it was cheaper and its effects more enduring.

“Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace.”
- Oscar Wilde