Gin, but not just any gin, Irish gin. And, if you’ve not heard of Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin before, then you should. We discovered this little gem right before the New Year when our friend Matt mentioned it and immediately we were off to find it.
The Shed Distillery is located in Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim, Ireland. It was created by PJ Rigney and the idea for this gin was to fuse oriental botanical with their local Irish ones. They use medieval copper pot stills to distill the gin and the botanicals used are: Juniper Berries, Angelica Root, Orris Root, Caraway Seed, Coriander Seed, Meadow-Sweet, Cardamom, Star Anise. The vapor infused botanicals are: Chinese Lemon, Oriental Grapefruit, Kaffir Lime and Gunpowder Tea. Since it carries its name, Gunpowder Tea is a green tea that is dried slowly. The leaves are then carefully rolled into shiny pellets.
We tried the gin three different ways: on its own with ice, with grapefruit (we use an actual grapefruit and squeezed the juice into the gin) and with Canada Dry Peach Mango Sparkling Seltzer Water. We did not dislike any of these. I’d say my favorite was the mix between the gin and the sparkling seltzer water.
We absolutely loved this gin and we are not gin drinkers by any means. There is a delicateness and elegance to this gin. At the nose we got juniper and citrus. The taste is very clean with floral, citrus and spice notes. The finish is long and spiced.
It’s delicious and our new favorite gin. We enjoyed a glass or two this past weekend and can say that we definitely recommend trying.
Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.