The Glendalough Distillery was established in 2011 by 5 friends who wanted to revive the heritage of craft distilling in Ireland. They started with poitín in 2012, then whiskey and then onto Gin… Traditionally they released seasonal gins with their first gin released in summer 2014. Guided by Geraldine Kavanagh from Wicklow Wild Foods, local botanicals, berries and fruit are foraged from Glenadalough and Wicklow to make the gins with each gin reflecting the season. The botanicals are distilled right away so they retain all their flavours.
Realising that they needed to create an all season gin, they invested a lot of time to get the Wild Botanical Gin right, to give the sense and flavour of all the seasons, in order as you smell and taste.
Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin brings you through the seasons with fresh Spring notes of pine, juniper and citrus. It’s smooth and mellow at first, brings you through to Summer floral and Autumn fruits and then leads into wintery warm spice. A long and balanced gin, fresh with just enough spice to linger after.
I really loved this gin from my first taste at the launch a few months back. I saw it in O’Briens shortly afterwards and happily purchased a bottle. It’s safe to say I’ll be repurchasing it. A premium gin at a great price point, in a busy marketplace of sometimes over priced spirits, this stands out.
We asked their advice and the recommended garnishes were either Mint & Orange or Basil & pink Grapefruit – both work wonderfully well and make for a very enjoyable Gin and tonic. My personal preference was the Mint & Orange…
Where to Buy?
Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin has a recommended price of €35 and is widely available from independent off-licences nationwide, O’Brien’s, Mitchell & Sons, The Celtic Whiskey Shop, and others.
And finally… The Award!
Just yesterday I received a press release confirming that Glendalough Distillery won Gold for their Wild Botanical Gin at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition – a very well deserved award …