Only the Irish could name a gin after an old cow. And only in Ireland can you make a gin out of shamrock. And honor an Atlantic wave.
The Irish have joined the gin revolution and revival, using whatever they can get their hands on – potatoes and champagne (“Muff Liquor Co Gin”, Co. Donegal), Connemara Bogbean (“Mical Irish Gin”), farts (“Wild Burrow”) “), Kilkenny-grown apple (Highbank Orchards'” Clear Crystal “), sloe (Arderin Distillery at Eoin Bar in Tulane, Co Offaly), purple marine thrift and Wexford strawberries (“Copeland Irish Gin” of the Blackwater Distillery).
As well as fuschia (“Dingle”), elderflower (“Thin Gin”), jasmine (“Lisvoke”), lavender (Ha’Penny), beech leaf (“Glendalough”), cucumber (father and son, Michael and Gavin) Cliffords “Bonac” (Co. Wicklow), flowers from Dublin’s Phoenix Park, rhubarb from the city canal (“Dublin City Gin”), wild berries or blueberries (Brennan’s, Co Laois), gunpowder tea (PJ Rigney’s Shed Distillery), Drumshando, Co Leitrim) .
“The place of jumping heifers” produces “Bertha’s Revenge Milk Gin, ”Named for a Droimeann cow from Sneem, County Kerry, who is in the Guinness Book of Records for being the oldest cow to die three months before she was 49 years oldth Birthday in 1993. She had thirty-nine calves. And the locals threw them awake! Justin Green and Antony Jackson from Ballyvolane House are the masters behind the gin that is reminiscent of the cow.
John Henry Watson won a silver spear for his riding skills in 1876 and wrote the rules of polo. He is reminded of “Silver Spear Gin”, made at Ballydarton House, Co Carlow.
The Hinch Distillery south of Belfast produces the “Ninth Wave”, named after the wave that must be conquered when you reach the other world and the place of eternal youth and beauty and the home of the Irish god Mac Lir. “Shortcross Gin” is presented by Fiona and David Boyd-Armstrong on the Raemon Estate, Downpatrick. Co Down. They used a local well guard to guess their water source.
And what do you have with Irish gin? Irish tonic water, of course. Oisin David, who worked as a consultant for the beverage industry, is the director of Poacher’s Well Tonic. “I wanted to create a tonic that had as many Irish ingredients as possible. Locally sourced rosemary is the main ingredient in Oisin, who teamed up with a friend, Vaughan Yates. Yours Co. Wexford Tonic is named after an overview map of the area where the spring is located, which dates back to 1825 and contains the artwork in the bottle.
David adds, “There is great pride and goodwill in buying Irish food in Ireland and I am trying to instill the same pride in people buying Irish drinks too.”
St. Patrick, James Joyce and Oscar Wilde all got their names for artisanal gins in small quantities. The poet W.B. Yeats is quoted on the bottle as “The Exiles”, the only gin in the world that uses shamrock. “I spread my dreams under your feet. Step quietly because you step on my dreams. “
Bottled in Ulster, Weaver’s is dedicated to all the men and women who have worked in Ireland’s flax fields and linen mills. It is infused with flaxseed. “Minke” made by the Scully family in theirs Clonakilty Distillery in County Cork is named after Ireland’s whales. “Feckin Gin” is named after a saint or expression of surprise and disbelief. It is up to you to decide. Belfast’s “Jawbox” is named after the sink around which, when they are not in the bar, the Irish often clap and enjoy the “craziness”. It uses Belfast mountain heather.
Joe McGirr’s “Field-to-Bottle-Gin”Boatyard Distillery“At Enniskillen, Sweet Storm is used” fresh from the family moor. “Sweet Storm is also known as bog myrtle.” Doc Brown “is still in charge.