Motorcycle and Harley-Davidson enthusiasts may have heard of Uwe Ehinger, the German custom motorcycle builder who runs the renowned Ehinger Kraftrad workshop in Hamburg. Ehinger is known for finding antique motorbikes in some of the most remote corners of the planet and for using these as core pieces in his own custom creations.
For that, he has earned the nickname “The Archeologist.” And now the spirit he embodies is available as a spirit of the same name, and in three bottlings—each containing parts of antique and rare Harley-Davidson models recovered by Ehinger: 1939 Flathead camshafts from the Mexican deserts, 1947 Knucklehead screw-nuts from Chile, and 1962 Panhead rocker arms from South Korea.
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But that’s not all: the bottles themselves are custom-made and packaged using historic techniques and select cardboards and colors printed on an original 1931 Heidelberg Tiegel printing press, with waxed wrapping paper telling the story of each discovery. The bottles are also accompanied with hand-stamped, tamper-proof seals and clenched hand-tags that bear the unique serial number of the engine part contained in them.
As you might imagine, acquiring such a bottle of premium dry gin is not cheap. For a 750 ml bottle (a little over 25 fluid ounces), you’ll be paying a starting price of $ 1,047 for one containing the 1962 part, and up to $ 1,280 for one containing the 1939 part.
“Everything I do pays tribute to the things that used to be,” says Ehinger about his work. One wonders if in the future another person like him will pay tribute to his drink by including unopened, excavated bottles of “The Archeologist” in special-edition Harley-Davidsons. It’s doubtful anyone will drink them, that’s for sure.
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