I am delighted to announce that we will have another of our Gin sales. Starting this Wednesday 12th of July and running until the 7th of August we will have over 30 gins on offer across our stores. Regular readers of this blog will know that I love discovering new gins that deliver new flavour experiences. It’s also great to be able to champion Irish producers and products, so what better time than during our sale to try out a new Irish gin. Here is a trio of great Irish gins new to our shelves over the last few months.
First up is Listoke 1777. This gin is distilled using 21st century distillation equipment housed in a 200-year-old stable on the grounds of Listoke House in Co. Louth. It is a combination of traditional and inspiring botanicals growing both in the wild and in the Edwardian walled gardens at Listoke estate. Leaning towards spice and citrus flavours, it has great use of botanicals with each distinct and clear in the taste yet the gin seems more than the sum of the parts. Their recommended serve is simply over ice with a premium tonic and a twist of orange.
Next up is Von Hallers, from The Shed distillery in Co. Leitrim, the makers of the also excellent Drumshanbo Gunpowder gin. The gin is named after Albrecht Von Haller, a notable character of the German Enlightenment movement and founder of the Göttingen botanical gardens in 1736. It is from these gardens that the primary botanicals are sourced; Halleria lucida, or the tree fuschia (also named after Albrecht Von Haller), alongside German ginger and Lemon Verbena. This is a delicate gin with gentle use of spice lead by lemongrass and ginger flavours. Serve simply with tonic and a little lemon rind to allow the delicate flavours to shine.
For our final gin, we are going north of the border to Newtownards county Down. Jawbox can boast to being Ireland’s only single estate gin, created using their own base alcohol distilled from grain on grown on the 300-acre Echlinville Estate. Jawbox is a nickname for the Belfast sink, once a feature and site of hard work in every home in the city, and the producers believe it reflects the hard work and dedication that goes into producing this gin. It is a classically styled gin with bold, punchy notes of juniper, citrus and spice. Unusually the producers recommended perfect serve is simply over ice and topped up with ginger ale. Definitely one to try out.