You can now buy gin bottled with, and flavoured by actual Harley-Davidson engine parts. No, we're not really sure why, either.
The gin, called The Archaeologist, was created by gin lover and Harley-Davidson enthusiast Uwe Ehinger, who is apparently known as The Archaeologist due to his ability to find rare parts for the classic Harley-Davidsons he rebuilds in his shop in Hamburg, Germany.
It was while searching for Harley parts that Ehinger came up with the idea of infusing the Harley-Davidson spirit into actual spirit.
The engine parts have all been cleaned and sealed with tin alloy to make the food safe. So no, the gin doesn't taste like old engine oil. Or maybe it does. I have no idea what old engine oil tastes like.
The limited edition gin comes in three varieties; the 1939 Flathead, the 1947 Knucklehead and the 1962 Panhead. If you want a bottle you'll have to splash out up to £990.
According to The Archaeologist website: "Each bottle of the limited edition “The Archaeologist” is unique and comes in tailor-made packaging that resembles the original packaging of the used motorcycle parts. Wrapped bottles, covered with waxed paper, which tells the story of each part in the bottle. Selected cardboard and colors. Processed with an original Heidelberg crucible printing press from 1931. Hand-stamped and sealed seal as well as the riveted hang tag with the unique serial number of the motorcycle part preserved in the bottle. All parts are specially cleaned and sealed with a tin alloy foodstuff."
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