German Uwe Ehinger has created the world’s first premium dry gin to contain Harley Davidson engine parts.
Every single bottle of The Archaeologist is a unique item and therefore as irretrievable as the era of the motorcycles it represents. Preserved for eternity – or at least for a very special night amongst motorbike enthusiasts.
Ehinger was inspired by a passionate love of Harleys. He has searched the most remote places on the planet for antique motorbikes, and saving them for dealing or as core pieces for designing his own models. This earned him the nickname ‘The Archaeologist’.
“Everything I do pays tribute to the things that used to be,” Ehinger says of his work.
The Archaeologist is filled in bottles together with original engine parts of legendary Harley Davidson bikes Ehinger has discovered someplace over the world: 1939 Flathead camshafts from the Mexican desert, 1947 Knucklehead screw-nuts from Chile or 1962 Panhead rocker arms from South Korea. To each of these iconic machines, Ehinger dedicates a very own sort of tribute gin.
The motorcycle parts are specially cleansed and sealed with a tin alloy to make it safe for them to be used in a drink. Then they are soldered onto a steel structure and encased by a handcrafted bottle. The 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.
The 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.
The first edition of The Archaeologist is reserved for Ehinger’s most loyal customers and is only served in his garage. A limited number were distributed via the website’s online shop and sold out within hours. Advance orders for the next series can be placed from now on.