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A Mari translates as ‘from the sea' in Latin.

These beautiful gins are distilled with pristine ocean water to enhance the botanical flavours, giving them a distinctively smooth finish and delicately balanced taste.

Proudly made in Cape Town, South Africa.

Our goal is to get a bottle of A Mari into every sea facing venue in the world

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In short, because it improves the flavour of the gin by extracting the oils from the botanicals more efficiently during distillation.

Salt does not distill, so the gin isn’t salty, the liquid desalinates as it distills.

During the distillation process, ocean water is added to the potstill alongside the base spirit and botanicals (some of the more delicate botanicals go into the basket, but the more robust ones are in the liquid) this all cooks up over a certain period of time.

The flavours and oils are extracted during this process, turned into steam and as they cool down, the cooled liquid is A Mari.

The salt water breaks down the botanicals more efficiently which gives a very smooth, flavour packed gin, with none of the harsh mouthfeel present in most neat white spirits.

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A Mari Indian Ocean Gin


A Mari Indian Ocean Gin draws its flavour from the East Coast of Africa. Inspired by the warm Indian Ocean and distilled with fragrant East African botanicals.

Fragrant and gently spiced, this gin features Swahili Lime and Madagascan Pink Peppercorns. After distillation it is infused with Chai Masala which gives it its distinctive golden colour.

Tasting notes

Nose: rich and  fragrant, gentle spice


Palate: complex, Swahili lime and sweet ginger


Finish: long and mellow with a slight hint of tea on the finish


Juniper, Coriander, Swahili lime, Lemon, Swahili lime leaves, Ajwain seed, Madagascan pink peppercorns, Turmeric, Cardamom, Angelica. amari amari amari amari


Post distillation, infused with Chai: Kenyan black tea, Cinnamon, Black pepper, Ginger, Cloves, Ginger

Suggested Tonic:

Any, but we prefer a good Indian tonic


Suggested garnish:

 A sliver of orange rind


IWSC Silver Outstanding 2018

Michelangelo Gold 2018

SA Craft Gin Awards Double Gold 2019

Michelangelo Gold 2020

SA Craft Gin Awards Gold 2020

African Excellence Awards, Most innovative Gin brand 2020 

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A Mari Atlantic Ocean Gin

A Mari Atlantic Ocean Gin draws its flavours from the West Coast of Cape Town. Inspired by the icy Atlantic Ocean and distilled with indigenous Cape coastal Fynbos

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Tasting notes


Nose: Fresh citrus forward, juniper, floral.


Palate: Fresh citrus merging into mid of rich florals 


Finish: long and smooth with a slight minerality


Juniper, Coriander, Orange, Tangerine, Lemon, Cardamom, Allspice, Angelica, a secret selection of cape coastal Fynbos

Suggested Tonic:

Any, but we prefer a light style tonic


Suggested garnish:

a sprinkle of pink peppercorns and a slice of pink Grapefruit


IWSC Silver 2017

|| Michelangelo Trophy for most innovative gin 2017

IWSC Silver Outstanding 2018

Michelangelo Gold 2018

SA Craft Gin Awards Double Gold 2019

Michelangelo Double Gold 2020

SA Craft Gin Awards Double Gold 2020

African Excellence Awards, Most innovative Gin brand 2020 



We're slightly bonkers entrepreneurs, we like the outrageous and the innovative.

We wanted to do something that hadn't been done.

We're old friends from university days, and this whole idea started over several bottles of wine, which culminated in us buying a potstill at 3am on the internet, and quitting our jobs the next day to start distilling.

We wanted create a unique, beautiful gin, using a variable that wasn't limited to the botanicals selected for the recipe. 

We grew up on different coasts and are both ocean lovers, so we started playing with the elements of the sea. We liked the results, so developed the idea of coastal gins, distilling using ocean water and botanicals that grow on the coastlines of the specific oceans.


As with great whiskies, the water plays an important role in creating a beautiful spirit. We work closely with the UCT Oceanography department to ensure our water is sustainable and pristine, and we are partnering with a marine conservation agency to give back, for every bottle sold, to the ocean.

We distill our gin in Cape Town, where the mighty Indian Ocean and Atlantic Ocean join forces.

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