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Irish Gins - Modern Classics

Irish Gins - Modern Classics

We have loads of great  gins on promotion in The Great Gin Sale. Last week I took a look at some great new gins from across the water. This week I'm turning to some Irish gins that have quickly become classics on our shelves. With so many on offer it can be hard to choose. So here is just a small pick of great Irish gins released over the last couple of years, you may just have missed.

First up is Listoke 1777 (Was €40.00/Now €34.95) 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.

Listoke 1777 leans towards spice and citrus flavours with cassia bark and cardamom balanced with sweet orange. 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.

Bonac 24 (Was €45.00/Now €39.95) is produced by Gavin Clifford and his father Michael, at their distillery in Newtownmountkennedy, County Wicklow, using  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.

Bonac 24 is a balanced, fruity, and spicy gin with an exceptionally smooth palate. It has 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.

My final pick, Bertha’s Revenge (Was €49.95/Now €44.95) is produced in a converted cattle shed in the farmyard of Ballyvolane House, County Cork. Here you will find school friends Justin Green and Antony Jackson producing a unique craft gin. Grain is the base ingredient for most spirits however Bertha's Revenge is made from whey alcohol. In cheese making, milk is separated into curds and whey. The curds are used to make the cheese and the whey is traditionally considered a waste by-product. However, with specially developed yeast the milk sugars can be converted into alcohol and distilled to produce a quality whey spirit.

The result is a rich full-bodied gin with the whey alcohol giving a smooth creamy texture which marries perfectly with the 18 botanicals, such as spicy cardamom, cloves and cinnamon and more delicate juniper notes. Soft and sweet upfront with a long spicy finish. It can be sipped on its own with a dash of water to open up the aromatics or enjoyed in a G&T garnished with orange peel.

Please note prices are correct at time of publishing, these offers will end on 7th of August, please check our website or stores for the most up to date pricing.

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