The second-coming of the Gin Craze is here!
The Gin Craze of the eighteenth century may conjure-up memories of boozy Londoners enjoying too much of a good thing! Rest assured, the second gin craze is a much more sophisticated affair. The seventh annual World Gin Day is fast approaching on June 13th,and what better way to celebrate all things gin-related with us, then to pick up your favourite juniper delight in our Gin Sale taking place from May 22nduntil June 14th. There really is no better way to relax and soak-up those first hot days and balmy evenings of summer than with a glass of classic G&T, or for a variation on theme, break out cocktail-shaker and sip away on a botanical-based concoction. Whether you want to stick to the classics, or branch out and explore one of the many new and exciting gins that have burst onto the market over the last few years we have them here at O'Briens. A full list of gins included in the sale can be found on our website by clicking here but here's a little snapshot of what's going into my drinks cabinet this summer:
Dingle gin represents a milestone in Irish gin-making, being one of a very few gins made in Ireland. It is distilled in small batches of 500 litres representing the painstaking lengths the Dingle Distillery have gone to create a gin of high quality and unique character. Dingle are very secretive about their recipe, but it includes a number of unusual botanicals such as rowan berry from local mountainous ash trees, bog myrtle, hawthorn and heather which lend this gin a taste of the rugged Kerry landscape. The grain base, imported from Sweden is passed through a charcoal filter and then pure water sourced from a well located 300 feet below the distillery is used to cut the resulting distillate. This process results in a unique, flavorful gin that has a classic London dry gin character. Dingle gin is perfect for making cocktails or enjoyed over ice.
Blackwater gin, is a classic London Dry Gin, distilled near Capoquin in West Waterford from the purest spirit, the finest botanicals and pure local water. White’s of Waterford were one of the largest importers of spice during the Victorian era. They also ran a ship yard, and their vessels crossed the globe importing tea from China and botanicals from the ‘Spice Islands’. Blackwater’s distiller Peter Mulryan won’t give away his secret recipe but we do know it was designed using only botanicals imported into Ireland by White’s of Waterford during the 19th century. The distiller tried a number of these botanicals, and found two that worked really well resulting in the finished product that we see here. Blackwater Gin carries classic juniper notes alongside fresh coriander, toasty cinnamon and zesty lemon. It is crisp, elegant and works well as a G&T or as part of a cocktail.
Beefeater 24 is an extension of the renowned Beefeater brand. It takes its name from the 24-hour period, its botanicals are steeped in the base grain spirit before it transforms into gin! Traiditonal Beefeater is loaded with strong flavours of juniper and it’s cousin, 24 also has a robust juniper character. But here the juniper is softer and is tempered by aromas of lime, grapefruit, coriander, citrus and botanical flavours. The inclusion of Japanese Sencha and Chinese Green Tea in the botanical mix distinguishes Beefeater 24 from any other gin. The molecules in the teas fuse uniquely with other flavours to create an effortlessly mixable gin, perfect for the contemporary cocktail culture.Beefeater 24 is refined, elegant and balanced. This interesting gin is very-much worthy of a try.
An unusual gin from the Black Forest in Germany. Monkey 47, is so-called because it contains 47 different botanicals! Prepared in extremely soft spring water from a local Black Forest. Monkey 47 has a depth and complexity second to none! The use of locally sourced cranberries adds a distinctly fuity note to Monkey 47’s unique character. Robert Parker has called it the "the greatest gin I have ever tasted."
A different style of drink to Tanqueray London Dry, Tanqueray 10 is both a personal favourite of mine, and of many martini drinkers the world over. Tanqueray 10 is the perfect ingredient in many gin-based cocktails, presenting a wide variety of flavours for a cocktail to build on.Tanqueray 10 has all four of the base botanicals from Tanqueray London Dry: juniper, coriander, angelica, and licorice. However, Tanqueray 10 adds an additional four elements to the mix, including fresh white grapefruit, fresh lime, fresh orange, and camomile flowers for a total of 8 botanicals. The nose of Tanqueray 10 is unparelelled with the juniper notes still at the forefront, but married together with lime and grapefruit and a warm spice core.
Shortcross is Northern Ireland’s first premium craft gin. It is distilled by husband and wife team Fiona and David Boyd-Armstrong on the couple’s historic family estate just outside of Crossgar, Co. Down. The surroundings are stunning, with wildflowers, meadows and rivers teeming with wildlife and Shortcross gin reflects this in every last drop. The use of unusual and interesting botanicals such as fresh apple, elderberry and wild clover, as well as more traditional varieties like juniper, coriander, orange peel, lemon peel and cassia, produces a vibrant, floral style of gin. Shortcross can easily be enjoyed with an elegant tonic water such as Fevertree or even simply over ice.
Arguably, the most interesting gin in our sale is Glendalough Spring Gin. The distillers work with Co. Wicklow-based forager Geraldine Kavanagh every season, spending a week in the wilds of the Wicklow countryside foraging for the most interesting botannicals, berries and fruit. Their spring offering, which has only been bottled in the last few days, promises to be as innovative and unique as those that have preceded it. With only 3,000 bottles produced each season, there really is no time to waste in snapping-up one of these truly special gins.