Drumshanbo Gunpowder gin needs little introduction. The quality of the liquid has been recognised the world over, including winning the Best Gin ‘Oscar’ at the New York Flaviar awards. This is a great accolade for a home-grown hero with just five ‘Best Spirt’ awards are given out from the 22,000 eligible spirits each year.
In the blog today, we take a look at the process behind making one of Ireland’s favourite craft gins.
This gin is batch distilled by a small team who follow a meticulous distillation process to create this unique gin. All-natural oriental botanicals such as Star Anise and Angelica Root along with Juniper berries and locally foraged Meadowsweet are allowed to steep in a beautiful steam fired copper pot.
While these are soaking the distillers are busy preparing the vapour infusion. Oriental lemons, limes and fresh grapefruit is added to the infusion basket together with the star of the show Gunpowder Tea. This is a form of Chinese green tea which is dried and rolled into small shiny pellets which produces a bright, fresh and slightly spicy flavour.
Once the vapour infusion is prepared the steam is gently applied and vapour rises through the neck of the still carrying with it the essential oils of the steeped botanicals before exiting the still and passing through the infusion basket where it gently extracts the oils and aromas form the more delicate citrus and tea.
This twostep method creates complex spicy flavours and aromas married to the delicate fresh citrus and Gunpowder Tea notes. Discover this expertly crafted balance for yourself with Drumshanbo Gunpowder Gin now in our gin sale.
The Shed Distillery in Drumshanbo, Co Leitrim is Connacht’s first distillery in over 101 years and now, fittingly, they are the first to pass another milestone with the release of their own make whiskey. The limited release Drumshanbo ‘Inaugural Release’ is a single pot still made with un-malted barley and barra oats. It’s a rich, complex and balanced drop, well worth checking out.