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craft gin

  • A little Mór from our Gin Sale

    We have a lot going on this month and on the run in to that big event in December. Aside from plenty of great offers on wine we have promotions on across our range of spirits, everything from vodka, scotch, cognac, rum, bourbon, liquors. As well as a wide range in our Gin Sale and Irish Whiskey Sale, not to mention a range of craft and world beers on offer.

    With so much happening, there’s a lot to blog about! Time to keep calm, sit down and sip a gin. So that’s exactly what I did last weekend. Now with so many great gins on offer with everything from big name imports like Tanqueray 10 (was €50.00, now €40.00) and Hendricks Gin (was €45.50, now €40.00) to home grown heroes like Drumshanbo Gunpowder Gin  (was €49.00, now €44.00), it was a challenge to choose just one.

    I decided on a gin that has rightly been picking up a lot of attention lately. Mór Irish gin is not one I’ve had on the blog to often before so is most definitely overdue. It’s the passion project of Eoin Barra who set up his own micro distillery in his home town of Tullamore. You could say it’s in the blood, as Eoin’s grandfather spent 20 years as master distiller for Tullamore whiskey.

    Eoin runs his own graphic design company, but it was a light bulb moment a few years ago that lead him to pursue his passion and follow his grandfather in to the distilling business.  He then spent two years researching, learning the techniques and perfecting the recipe. That recipe calls for blackberries, cranberries and raspberries infused with juniper, coriander, angelica root & rosemary. The fruit elements are steeped overnight to allow them to macerate and release their flavours before distillation with the core spicy elements. Working with natural ingredients, especially the berried fruit, means accessing and blend and balancing the flavours and through the distilling process to achieve consistency. The distillate is then softened with water directly from the Slieve Bloom mountains. Eoin himself drives a pickup into the mountains to pump this pure water directly from source.

    The result of this care and attention to ingredients and technique is a gin that delivers upfront juniper notes leading to earthier, spicier tones with a distinctive mixed berry character that bursts forth on the finish. Yet it never gets overtly sweet with the earthy spice of angelica, coriander and rosemary balancing out the fruit alongside a tart kick of cranberry.

    If you haven’t tried it yet, you can pick up a bottle of Mór Irish Gin for the great price of €42.95 (down from €48.00) in our gin sale all the way until the New Year. Enjoy it with a quality tonic, lime wedge and a few raspberries. If you are a fan of Mór be sure to keep an eye out for the release of the limited edition Mór Pineapple, coming soon.

    Please note prices are correct at time of publishing, these offers will end on 2nd of January 2018,  please check our website or stores for the most up to date pricing.

  • 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

  • On the third day of Christmas O’Briens brought to me….

    Three new Irish gins!

    We are constantly on the lookout for great new craft spirits and our search has lead us to three new Irish graft gins in time for Christmas. So, forget about ‘three French hens’ and pick up one of these for the gin lover in your life, or treat yourself.

    The Mór signature serve

    Our first gin, Mór, is a fruity and floral gin produced in small batches in Tullamore. The recipe represents 18 months of development by distiller Eoin Bara. Firstly, the softer fruit flavours like blackberry, raspberry and cranberry are achieved by seeping the fruit for 24 hours. The floral and spice flavours are achieved by vapour distillation of botanicals like juniper, angelica, coriander and rosemary. Working with natural ingredients and the variation this brings means accessing each component before blending the two together for the perfect balance. Try their signature serve with tonic, lime and raspberry for a fresh and fruity G&T.

    Bonac 24 distilled in Newtownmountkennedy, county Wicklow

    We didn’t have to go far to find Bonac 24, our second gin! This brand new release is produced by Gavin Clifford one of our store colleges and his father and is distilled using a in a traditional copper pot still. The name derives from a place in New York that Gavin spent a lot of time in, 24 was added as it was the 24th trail when the pair achieved the exact flavour profile they were looking for. That flavour is a perfect balance of delicate citrus, fresh mint and spicier elements like star anise and cardamom.

    The view at the Boatyard distillery

    Heading north to a former boatyard on the banks of the picturesque Lough Erne, we have Boatyard Double gin. Boatyard is the brain child of Joe McGirr who brings years of experience working with household names like Glenmorangie and Moet Hennessy. Double gin is a traditional Dutch style of distilling where the spirit is given a second contact with fresh botanicals to give greater depth of flavour. Everything about Boatyard distillery is about attention to detail, authenticity, and provenance, from taking the unusual step of making their own base spirit, an organic wheat spirit, to their beautiful label that has been printed on a 1960's letterpress printer. The result is a gin with classic Juniper led character backed up with a complex mix of spicy root botanicals and light citrus notes.

    You will find these three great new gins along with many more in our Gin Sale running throughout Christmas.

    Take your pick - 3 great gins

  • Bertha's Revenge

    berthas bottle

    In a converted cattle shed in the farmyard of Ballyvolane House, County Cork, you will find school friends Justin Green and Antony Jackson producing a unique craft gin.

    Grain is the base ingredient for most spirits however Berthas 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.

    Berthas still

    Berthas is produced by macerating eighteen botanicals in this whey spirit and slowing distilling it further before cutting with spring water from a spring on the grounds of Ballyvolane House. The result is a rich full bodied gin with the whey alcohol giving a smooth creamy texture which marries perfectly with the spicy cardamom, cloves and cinnamon and more delicate juniper notes. Soft and sweet upfront with a long spicy finish.

    Berthas Ingredients

    What about the name? Well, being made from milk spirit in a converted cattle shed it was only fitting that the guys named their gin after a famous cow. Big Bertha was the oldest cow in the world when she passed away in 1993 at the ripe aged of 48. However she was not just a venerable bovine she also raised over $75,000 for charity. Similarly the guys are planning to donate a percentage of their annual sales to charitable organisations.

    Berthas Cow

    This gin has quickly become a firm favourite for us and 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.

    Berthas Revenge is on offer this month as part of our Gin Sale. Check it out here.

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