GSN Review: Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin Limited Edition Ceramic Bottle

Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin is the creation of PJ Rigney. His travels brought him to the wild and unspoiled landscape of Drumshanbo, Ireland where he created The Shed Distillery of PJ Rigney, using medieval copper pot stills, and began a quest to fuse oriental botanicals with local Irish ones. Slow distilled by hand with gunpowder tea, Gunpowder Irish Gin combines 8 pot still and 4 vapor infused botanicals in the oriental tradition of distilling.

This season, they have released their flagship spirit in a limited edition ceramic bottle featuring illustrations that tell the brand’s story inspired by the iconic Willow pattern.

GSN’s Remarks: We’ve previously reviewed Drumshanbo here, but we wanted to review this gorgeous new limited edition bottle. This looks absolutely killer on the back bar and stands out like a thing of beauty. The color scheme is perfect for winter, but also has the classic colors of Chinese qīng-huā. This is a gorgeous bottle that will be kept long after the gin is gone. And while I think of it, it’s time for a Martini. Cheers! GSN Rating: A+

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GSN Review: Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin

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)
Visual: Clear.
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+

For more information go to: Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin