Wednesday 16 August 2017

Revenge is best served cold... check out the Irish gin with the best back story

Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

Legendary cow 'Big Bertha' became a local celebrity when she passed away on New Eve's 1993 at a farm in Co Sneem.

Bought as a calf by farmer Jerome O’Leary, Bertha died just three months shy of her 49th birthday, having given birth to 39 calves.

Her life's achievement earned her an entry in the Guinness Book of Records - and her legend now lives on in a unique Irish gin which is gaining global recognition.

The makers of Bertha's Revenge are the first artisan distillers to produce small batch milk gin from whey alcohol from local dairy farmers in Cork(the spirit used for most gins is made from either grain or molasses).

Distilled at Ballyvolane House by owner Justin Green and his business partner Antony Jackson, the flavoursome Irish gin was awarded a gold medal at the influential San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

It took nine months of tweaking and 19 recipe iterations to finally discover Bertha's Revenge in 2015.

"Aside from earning acceptance and respect in the bear pit that is today’s gin market, we wanted to create something that was true to who we are, and where we are from," the duo said.

It's definitely different but doesn't taste like 'revenge' from the legendary cow; flavours including cumin, cardamom, clove, and cinnamon can be discovered with a sip - not to mention elderflower, lemon, lime, and grapefruit.

Bertha loved to lead the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Sneem in her day and she'd most likely approve of the Bertha-lele 2017 planned at Ballyvolane House on July 1 as part of the Irish Gin & Tonic Fest 2017.

A maximum of 140 guests will be greeted with a Bertha's Revenge Gin & Tonic (BandT) on arrival and the Bertha tipples will be served up from the Bertha Caravan in the gardens.

A Ukulele concert kicks off at 7.30pm in the hay barn performed by 'Aisling Out Walking' followed by a 2-course dinner served on long tables in the terrace at 9pm.

Not a bad way to spend a summer's evening - and you might even find out just how the most thought-provoking Irish gin name came about.

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