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Craft Gin: From New York to Newtownmountkennedy

Craft Gin: From New York to Newtownmountkennedy

The terms craft and small batch sometimes get bandied about but these are terms that hold true when discussing Irelands growing gin industry. Independent people working hard to produce great tasting spirits each small batch at a time. People who are passionate about their craft and their product. One such gin is Bonac 24.

The gin is produced by Gavin Clifford and his father Michael, at their distillery in Newtownmountkennedy, county Wicklow, using a in a traditional copper pot still. The still was designed by one of the oldest still manufactures in the world, John Dore & Co, and then manufactured in Ireland. Every bottled of Bonac 24 is hand filled and hand labelled. The whole process, from base spirit and botanicals to beautifully balanced gin in bottle, takes just 72 hours.

Gavin Clifford at the distillery in Newtownmountkennedy, county Wicklow

The name Bonac 24 derives from a place in New York that Gavin spent a lot of time in, and where inspiration for the distillery struck. Gavin was working in the in the drinks industry in The Hamptons, locals refer to the area as Bonac, and saw the growth in craft gins and the prospect of turning what had become a passion into a business. On returning home Gavin and his father set about the task of researching and designing their perfect gin. 24 was added to the name as it was the 24th trail when the pair achieved the exact flavour profile they were looking for. Coincidentally, Gavin was just 24 years old when the gin was launched last year.

The label displays a bird in flight created from the twelve botanicals

How does it taste? Bonac 24 is a balanced, fruity, and spicy gin with an exceptionally smooth palate. The delicate aromas on the nose open up on the palate with classic juniper profile upfront giving way to fresh citrus and smooth spearmint before finishing with a touch of sweetness and complex spicy notes.

Enjoy it with a premium tonic and garnish with mint and lime, or add a few raspberries for a summery twist. If you would like to taste Bonac 24 for yourself ask for a tasting in any of our 33 stores this weekend. Where you can also pick up a bottle on offer as our gin of the month at €40 (was €45). Enjoy.

Botanicals: Juniper, Mint, Coriander, Pear, Angelica Root, Cucumber, Cassia, Lemon, Cardamon, Bergamot, Star Anise, Curacao

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