Gin is easily Ireland’s preferred spirit of choice right now, completely on trend and impossible to ignore, no one can seem to get enough of it! With everything from gin bars, hotels to gin flavoured chocolate and sausages this Gin Craze is not going away anytime soon.
While gin is known all over the world for international brands such as Bombay Sapphire and Hendricks the humble Irish market is starting to make some serious waves with some innovative local distilleries producing some seriously good gin that’s giving the major players a good run for their money. Here’s a list of some of our favourite gins that are produced in Ireland, to make sure to get the absolute best out of your G&T.
A hand-made gin distilled on the edge of a lake in Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim, is the home of The Shed Distillery and PJ Rigney who is no stranger to the industry as he was the co-founder of Boru vodka, he founded Sheridan’s liqueur and has worked previously with Bailey’s Irish Cream. The gin is hand-crafted to with an impressive mixture of oriental and European botanicals which include gunpowder tea, oriental grapefruit, meadowsweet and orris root to name but a few to give it a distinct and unmistakable taste and aroma, that must be tasted.
For more information on Drumshambo Gunpowder Irish Gin, click here.
The brand created by the late great Oliver Hughes in what is one of the most iconic distilleries in the country known for their whiskey and vodka. With a an array of botanicals utising the fruits of the local region such as rowan berry from the mountain ash trees, fuchsia, bog myrtle, hawthorn and heather for a taste of the Kerry landscape to create a distinctive character and flavour.
For more information on Dingle Gin, click here.
Every season the distillery works with a local forager Geraldine Kavanagh, they spend a week in the wilds of the Wicklow country side foraging for the freshest and most interesting local botanicals, berries and fruit.Which are then distilled small batches of their award winning seasonal Gin in our Holstein copper still. There are never more than 3000 bottles distilled each season, so if you get your hands on a bottle you’ve got something really special.
For more information on Glendalough Gin, click here.
Listoke is hand crafted in small batches on the grounds of the Listoke Estate in the heart of the Boyne Valley in Co. Louth. The Gin is made in small batches of 350 L at a time. Its bottled, labeled and sealed by hand. The water for the spirit is sourced from a well on the estate and state of the art technology is used to distill this magical liquid.
For more information on Listoke 1777, click here.
Thin Gin is a multi award winning Irish Gin from Anchor Spirits Ireland based in Waterford City. It’s a full strength gin, fresh, fruity & clean with native Irish with flavours of apple, hawthorn, elderflower and tansy. The fresh botanicals blend seamlessly with the fragrant juniper berry and the wonderful summer citrus notes of orange, lemon and lime Thin Gin is robust and makes for a great classic of gin & tonic, no frills needed.
For more information on Thin Gin, click here.
Blackwater No.5 Gin
Blackwater Distillery is situated on the banks of the Blackwater River, just outside Cappoquin in West Waterford, the perfect setting for Ireland’s first craft gin distillery. No. 5 is a delectable London Dry style gin which is carefully produced in small amounts from fresh botanicals, soft local water and pure spirit.
For more information on Blackwater No.5 Gin, click here.
Mór Irish Gin
Located in Tullamore Mór Irish gin is hand-crafted with both traditional botanicals with the additions of cranberry, rosemary and blackberry and is distilled in Slieve Bloom mountain water. Pure in taste and bold in simple flavours, Mór is the gin lover’s gin.
For more information on Mór Irish Gin, click here.
Ha’penny Pot Still Gin
Ha’penny Gin is the first gin based on the Victorian era in Ireland taking inspiration from the iconic Ha’penny Bridge which was constructed in 1816 as the first pedestrian link to the north and south of Dublin’s fair city. Dubliners could cross this bridge for the price of a Ha’penny. Ha’penny Gin is family owned small batch pot distilled using only the finest botanicals inspired by the Victorian Walled Garden of the Phoenix Park, Dublin. The infusion between the 13 unique botanicals including blackberries, lavender and dandelions alongside traditional botanicals.
For more information on Ha’penny Gin, click here.
Crafted at the award winning craft distillery Rademon Estate distillery, Northern Ireland. Shortcross Gin was created to be a classical Gin with a unique twist, best described as floral meadows, wild berries and grassy notes. Expertly hand crafted to give a highly aromatic and exceptionally long and smooth finish.
For more information on Shortcross Gin, click here.
Part of the Connacht Whiskey Co. Concullen Gin, is hand crafted using the very best of Irish botanicals including elderberry flower and hawthorn berry married with the traditional botanicals to create an exceptionally distinctive flavour.
For more information on Concullen Gin, click here.
So theres our top picks folks, let us know if we missed any of your favourites!