March 14, 2021 / Gins
Premium Irish Craft Gins
Premium Irish Craft Gins
When you think of Irish drinks, Guinness, whiskey and Irish coffee come to mind but maybe not gin. However in recent years Ireland has produced some exceptional distillers who are creating top quality craft gins. In celebration of St Patrick’s Day this week, we thought we’d highlight a few premium Irish craft gins placing the Emerald Isle well and truly on the gin map.


Dingle Original Gin
A unique London Dry Gin, hailing from The Dingle Whiskey Distillery, on the south west coast of Ireland in County Derry.
It's unique character and flavour come from the original choice of locally foraged botanicals - rowan berry from the mountain ash trees, fuchsia, bog myrtle, hawthorn and heather from the Kerry Landscape. It’s a formula unknown elsewhere and is calculated, amongst other things, to create the sense of place and provenance. The spirit is collected at 70% abv and then cut to 42.5% abv using the purest of water which is drawn from their own well, 240 feet below the distillery.


Awarded for World’s Best London Dry Gin and the overall award for World’s Best Gin 2019 at the World Gin awards 2019, this delectable drop is best served with large cubes of ice, a wedge of fresh orange and a sprinkling of juniper berries.


“The uniquely Irish botanicals give a fabulously fresh, floral character that perfectly balances the traditional juniper." Hugely popular in Irish pubs, you can purchase a bottle online at Nick's Wine Merchants.


Listoke 1777 Gin
Listoke 1777 Irish Small Batch Gin is the first release from Listoke Distillery in Co. Louth. The distillery is located in a converted stable on the grounds of the estate. The label features a beguiling wise owl, which pays homage to the barn owls in the stable building.


A premium, quality, handcrafted gin consisting of traditional and contemporary botanicals - Juniper, Angelica Root, Orange, Oris Root, Jasmine, Cassia, Orange Peel, Cardamom and Rowan Berry that go directly into a pot with the highest grade spirit. The Gin is made in small batches of 350 litres at a time. Distilled in an istill 500 pro series still - an innovative, efficient and 'super green' method of distilling gin. Given 'Origin Green' status , Listoke Distillery ensures that all production used therein are as green and sustainable as possible. Blended with pure water from Boyne Valley, Listoke 1777 is labelled, bottled and sealed by hand.


Awarded - a "Master of Gin" by the International Spirits business. Listoke distillery also boasts the only Gin School in Ireland. Listoke 1777 Gin can be enjoyed neat or perfect in a gin and tonic with a sprig of rosemary or orange peel. Unavailable to purchase in-store - you can buy a bottle online for delivery at Master Of Malt.


Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin
Distilled at the edge of lake, in a little shed in a small Irish town called Drumshanbo in Co Leitrim. Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin is an oriental spiced gin with the exotic gunpowder green tea at its botanical core. The green tea has been slowly dried, the delicate leaves then carefully rolled into shiny pellets.


The distinctive gin is slowly distilled in medieval copper pot stills, with 12 botanicals, fruits, and spices, among those are Moroccan orris root, Indian cardamom, Macedonian juniper and one local ingredient: meadowsweet from the town of Drumshanbo itself. Meadowsweet lends a delicate floral sweetness to the overall flavours of the gin, complementing the green tea notes. The finish is mildly warming with a slightly spicy freshness.


Awarded Best Gin 'Oscar' in 2109 at the prestigious New York Spirit Awards, which is considered one of the most competitive global drinks contests. Drumshanbo Gunpowder is best served in a gin and tonic with a generous wedge of fresh red grapefruit. You can purchase a bottle in-store and online at Dan Murphys.


By Gin Society

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