By Aaron Keenan | Marketing Assistant
In this week's spirit blog we explore the botanicals of Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin & Rose Gin, which are foraged from the Wicklow Mountains just south of Dublin. We will go off the beaten track in the mountains of Montilla, where their Double Barrel Whiskey is globally awarded and share three delicious cocktail recipes.
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Fresh from the Wild
The botanicals in Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin are foraged from the Wicklow Mountains just south of Dublin. The distillery takes a lot of care that they don't adversely affect the areas they find them in. That means sometimes using scissors rather than picking to make sure roots aren't pulled, or maybe skipping a few before picking the next one, or finding different patches of the same plant, to make sure an area isn't over-foraged. Their aim is to leave no trace that we were ever there. It's harder work but worth it to keep the mountains beautiful and wild.
This brings the flavour their Wild Gin to a whole other level. The knowledge, experience and man-hours in each bottle are what make this liquid so special.
Fresh, Floral & Flavourful
To make this very special, small-batch Gin they completely rebalance their Wild Gin recipe and redistill it with extra fruit, flowers, spices... and of course a lot of fresh rose petals.
Three varieties of rose are used in their Rose Gin; the rare and elusive Wild Rose from the Wicklow mountains, large fragrant Heritage Roses, and the ancient prized Damask Rose all come together to make this floral pink gin. Extra rose petals are infused with the liquid post distillation to deepen the flavour and give their Rose gin its lovely pink hue.
50ml Glendalough Rose Gin, poured into an ice-filled glass. Top with a premium tonic water and garnish with a slice of lime and fresh mint leaves.
Glendalough Bee's Knees Cocktail
The botanicals in the Wild Gin shine through in a Bee’s Knees Cocktail. Simply mix the Wild Gin with some fresh honey syrup & fresh lemon juice before giving it a good shake, pour into a chilled glass and garnish with a lemon twist.
20ml Honey Syrup (1:1 ratio hot water to honey)
20ml Fresh lemon juice
Garnish with a lemon twist
Off the Beaten Track
This globally awarded, single grain whiskey has been aged twice – first in American oak Bourbon barrels and again in Spanish oak Oloroso barrels - sourced from off the beaten track in the mountains of Montilla. It will make you think twice about Irish Whiskey. While the Bourbon barrels bring a sweetness and smooth vanilla notes, the Oloroso casks layer on depth of dried fruit and Spanish oak spices.
60ml Double Barrel
15ml Fresh lime juice
3 dashes Bitters
Top with Ginger Beer
Garnish with a lime wedge
Fill a highball glass with ice. Pour in a shot of Double Barrel, a few dashes of bitters and top with a quality ginger beer and throw a squeezed lime wedge on top.
Pick up a bottle on special offer for just €30 (RRP €38 & €37.50) in-store and online until 3rd August 2020!