Procera rolls out vintage gins

by Alice Brooker

Kenyan brand Procera has released 300 bottles of its Red Dot and Green Dot Vintage 2022 gins in the UK.

Kenya-based Nairobi Distillers launched Procera Gin in 2018 with an aim to showcase African botanicals from across the continent. Both gins were made using fresh African juniper (juniperus procera), with Procera claiming it is currently the only gin using this indigenous African juniper species. Procera also said it is one of the only distilleries to distil fresh juniper as opposed to the dry fruit. While both boast an earthy, nutty flavour profile, the brand’s Red Dot and Green Dot releases differ in style, with the former showcasing a distinctive spicy profile thanks to the use of five African pepper botanicals. Only 300 bottles of each of the vintage expressions will be released to the UK in October, retailing for RRP £95 (US$101.65) for the Red Dot Vintage 2022 bottling, and £115 (US$123.05) for the Green Dot Vintage 2022 Gin. The gins clock in at 51% ABV and 47% ABV respectively. The distillery has planted 15,000 Procera trees in the Kenyan highlands since its launch, and utilises only recycled glass. It also collaborates closely with local farmers and artisans, building 'long-term partnerships' that aim to 'benefit communities and create employment'. Stockists of the vintage releases include Harvey Nichols, Master of Malt and Hedonism Wines. Last year, the brand secured a UK listing with luxury retailer Harvey Nichols.