On the lookout for new styles and flavors, gin lovers should take note of Ireland’s incredible growth in the category. Ireland saw a 44.3 % increase in total gin sales in 2017 and exports tripled to 130,000 cases. Of the now 30 brands available, Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin is bottled in a sky blue rippled cylinder glass bottle. It is distilled by hand with eight botanicals (Juniper Berries, Angelica Root, Orris Root, Caraway Seed, Coriander Seed, Meadow Sweet, Cardamom, and Star Anise) in a copper pot still. Four additional botanicals (Oriental Lemon, Oriental Lime, Fresh Grapefruit, and Gunpowder Tea) are vapor infused in a basket.
During his world travels as a “serial entrepreneur” in the food and drinks industry for over 30 years, Patrick Rigney had a recipe in mind for what he hoped to be an incredible Irish gin, fusing botanicals from the Orient such as Gunpowder tea, with local Irish botanicals like meadowsweet.
Turning this dream into a reality, Rigney opened The Shed distillery in the remote area of Drumshanbo, located the northwest of Ireland. This was the first distillery in the western province for over a hundred years. Using a medieval copper pot still whose design dates back to the 1700’s, Drumshanbo is distilled by locally employed people, bringing life back into the small town of Drumshambo.
Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin (86 proof)
Nose: Super intense powerhouse of juniper intertwined with lemon/lime citrus. An extremely heady mix of botanicals.
Taste: Smooth and balanced gin character with a lovely softening tea character that ties everything together. Not one of the infusions stands out (other than the juniper itself), but is presented as a cohesive whole.
Finish: Medium long with the juniper fading somewhat and the citrus presenting an ultra clean finish.
Overall: An excellent gin that adheres to a traditional flavor profile, yet adds enough of a twist to make it unique. This gin works with everything from martinis to a red basil smash. Seek this one out!
GSN Rating: A+
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