Are you a die-hard Harley-Davidson fan and rider who also happens to love drinking good, premium gin? Then you might what to check out this brand called The Archaeologist - the world's first premium gin with Harley-Davidson parts.
This unique and special bottling of gin containing original Harley-Davidson engine parts in each bottle is the brainchild of renowned German custom motorcycle builder Uwe Ehinger who runs the famed Ehinger Kraftrad workshop in Hamburg.
If the name sounds familiar, Ehinger is renowned as a builder with a knack of searching for antique motorbikes in the most remote corners of the planet for, and saving them for dealing or as core pieces for designing his own custom creations. This earned him the nickname "The Archaeologist".
The Archaeologist bottling comes in three flavours, each containing parts of rare Harley-Davidson models that Ehinger "saved" from all corners of the earth. It includes a bottling with 1939 Flathead camshafts from the Mexican desert, 1947 Knucklehead screw-nuts from Chile, as well as 1962 Panhead rocker arms from South Korea.
The rarity of these parts means that these bottles of "engine gin" aren't cheap with prices reportedly ranging over US$1,000. In fact, Ehinger stated in his press release that the first batch of engine gins, offered in a "limited number" on his website, sold out within hours.
Here's some additional bits from the official press release:
This creative concept was developed by Serviceplan Group together with renowned Hamburg designers "Studio Oeding". The entire look and feel recreates the original packing of the antique engine parts - using authentic materials and historic techniques. Packages are made using selected cardboards and colours, printed on an original Heidelberg Tiegel printing press from 1931. Waxed wrapping paper tells the story of each discovery. This unique design is completed by hand-stamped, tamper-proof seals and clenched hang-tags, each bearing the unique serial number of the engine part in its respective bottle.
BuilderEhinger also adds that he will be taking orders for more bottles in advance now with the promise of each being more unique and one-off than the last. If you seriously want to trump any of your Harley-Davidson-riding and gin-drinking mates, you'd best save up for a bottle of The Archaeologist indeed.