Tuesday 27 September 2016

Crafty Irish Gin to try today

Published 11/09/2016 | 02:30

Timmy Ryan pictured at the Prohibition party at Sam's Barbers on Dame Lane as Anchor Sprits Ireland hosted a Prohibition style gin, launching 'Best Irish Gin 2015'
Timmy Ryan pictured at the Prohibition party at Sam's Barbers on Dame Lane as Anchor Sprits Ireland hosted a Prohibition style gin, launching 'Best Irish Gin 2015'

Internationally acclaimed and award-winning Irish Whiskies have prepared the spirits world to expect premium quality Irish Craft Gin. Unlike whiskey, gin requires no ageing to improve; perfect for the impatient. Here is a sample. Sláinte.

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1) Dingle Original Pot Still Gin, Dingle Distillery 42.5pc

This legacy of the late and great visionary, Oliver Hughes captures the essence of local botanicals fuschia, heather and bog myrtle with an orange and coriander seeds top note.

€34.99-€36.30 70cl widely available including Celtic Whiskey Shop, Dawson Street and nationwide at O'Brien's, SuperValu and Dunnes Stores.

2) No. 5 Small Batch Irish Gin, Blackwater Distillery, Cappoquin 41.5pc

Orange and juniper scented with assertive spicy flavours finishing mellow and smooth.

€32 50cl at No. 21 Off-licences Group; Shannon Knights; Walsh's Spar, Dungarvan; O'Connor's Salthill Liquor Store, Galway; Next Door, Clonakilty and Youghal and O'Donovan's, Little Island. In Dublin: Celtic Whiskey Shop; Baggot Street Wines; Drinkstore, Stoneybatter; Donnybrook Fair and Gibney's, Malahide.

3) Wild Spring Botanical, Batch No. 4, Glendalough Distillery 41pc

Feminine floral top note of coconutty gorse. Very complex with pine and sappy flavours

€43.49 70cl O'Brien's nationwide and in Dublin: Celtic Whiskey Shop, Mitchell & Son, McHugh's and James Fox.

4) Bertha's Revenge Irish Milk Gin, Small Batch No. 26, Ballyvolane House Spirits, Castlelyons 42pc

Melted butter character from the whey and lifted by a delicious attack of citrus fruits.

€49.99 70cl at Dunnes Stores nationwide; Eldon, Clonmel; Matson's, Bandon and Grange; Number 21, Listowel; The Wine Centre, Kilkenny; Worldwide Wines, Waterford. In Dublin: Blackrock Cellar and Redmond's.

5) Thin Gin, Irish Dry Gin, Blackwater Irish Spirits, Knockanore

Pungent lemon cordial and quinine fragrance. A citrus fest of flavours with an intense and zesty finish.

€35 70cl widely available including Celtic Whiskey Shop; selected SuperValus and O'Donovan's, Cork citywide.

6) Drumshambo Gunpowder Irish Gin, The Shed Distillery 43pc

Smoky gunpowder tea bouquet and flavour where the smokiness is lifted by the juniper and coriander.

€38 50cl at O'Connor's Salthill Liquor Store, Galway; Seven 'til Late, Kinsale; Shannon Knights and No. 21 Off-licences Group - and €49 for larger 70cl at O'Brien's nationwide and select Dunnes Stores and SuperValus.

7) Shortcross Gin, Small Batch, Rademon Estate Distillery, Downpatrick 46pc

Distinct salty and green notes rising and marrying with the orange and coriander masking the alcohol.

€50 70cl online at celticwhiskeyshop.com, obrienswines.ie and counterpointireland.com

8) Juniper Cask Gin, Blackwater Distillery, Cappoquin 46pc

Pale lemon colour with a peppery and vanilla character from the oak casks. A whiskey drinker's gin.

€43 at No. 21 Off-licences Group and Shannon Knights, Shannon.

Tasting notes value buy

Poacher's Premium Irish Tonic Water, Orange and Rosemary, Co Wexford

Classic quinine aromas with an orange zest entry and a savoury herbal finish.

€1.75 RRP 200ml O'Brien's nationwide. In Cork: Bradley's, 1601 and O'Donovan's Little Island. Next Door Wicklow and Clonakilty; Number 21 Group; McCambridge's, Galway; Daly's, Boyle and Next Door, Myles Creek. In Dublin: McCabe's, Martin's, Searson's, Donnybrook Fair, Baggot Street Wines and The Drinkstore.

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