The Morelands Grill ethos of championing Irish food producers in its menu also applies to the gin we serve. As the signature aperitif on the menu, it is important for us to use this opportunity to showcase award-winning Irish distillers of gin. The three gins we have picked to help stimulate our customers’ appetites are Drumshanbo Gunpowder Gin, Dingle Gin and Glendalough Gin.
Hailing from three different provinces of Ireland – Connacht, Munster and Leinster – they show the breadth and reach of award-winning gin producers on this small island of ours.
Drumshanbo Gunpowder Gin
Drumshanbo Gin is distilled in The Shed Distillery in the north west of Ireland, the first distillery in the province for over 100 years. It opened for business in 2014. The gin was the brainchild of Patrick Rigney, and gets its name from the use of Gunpowder tea, a Chinese green tea, in the recipe.
The flavour has been described as bold and bright with a spicy freshness. It includes an impressive mix of botanicals. Those that are slow distilled by hand include: juniper berries, angelica root, orris root, caraway seed, coriander seed, meadow-sweet, cardamom, and star anise. The vapour-infused botanicals used are: oriental lemon, oriental lime, fresh grapefruit, and its namesake, Gunpowder tea.
Based in Wicklow, the ‘Garden of Ireland’, Glendalough Distillery was founded in 2011 by five friends keen to revive craft distilling in Ireland. They started by making and selling the traditional Irish spirit, poitín, following which they expanded into whiskey, and then gin in 2014.
Every botanical in their gin is hand-foraged in the locality by Geraldine Kavanagh. This is in addition to the use of common gin botanicals like juniper berry, coriander seeds and angelica root.
The seasonally foraged Irish botanicals include hawthorn berries, sloe berries, ground ivy, sage, rowan berries, blackberries, elderberries, angelica flowers, apples, dandelion flowers, sorrel, and the fraughan berry.
Little surprise then that Glendalough Distillery’s Wild Botanical Gin, which they say captures the four seasons in one bottle, scooped its first major award this year: Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Dingle Original Gin
Oliver Hughes and his cousin Liam LaHart opened Dingle Whiskey Distillery in 2012, with its first gin coming on the market in 2015. Dingle Original Gin is made in small batches of 500 litres. It’s what is categorised as a London dry gin but has its own unique flavours.
Last year, it won the best London Dry Gin award for the Ireland category at the World Gin Awards. The flavours and botanicals in Dingle Original Gin include rowan berry, fuchsia, bog myrtle, hawthorn, heather, chervil, angelica and coriander – locally grown botanicals that give it the ‘taste of Kerry’.
Gin and Jazz
Other notes that blend splendidly with gin are the musical notes you find in jazz. You can enjoy this winning combination each Saturday with us at our Gin and Jazz lunchtime events. You can enjoy a mini cocktail taster of our Gin Cocktail of the day on arrival.
Over a two-course lunch, continue your own forage through our gin menu and sample one, some or all (your choice!) of the Irish gins we have on offer. If you are not sure which Gin and Jazz drinker you might be, we suggest you throw on these tunes and decide which gin flavour matches your jazz style?
Tastes like: Drumshambo Gunpowder Gin, with Thomas Henry Tonic and Grapefruit and Thyme
Ella Fitzgerald’s sweetly melodic voice contrasted superbly with Armstrong’s signature rasp – just like the way the sweetness of the grapefruit works nicely with the kick of Drumshanbo’s Gunpowder Gin.
Tastes like: Dingle Original Gin, with Thomas Henry Elderflower tonic and cucumber
Sounds like: Fly Me to the Moon – Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra was the King of understated swing and had a wonderful understanding of the lyrics he sang. Like Sinatra, the distillers of Dingle Original Gin show that they understand the power of a perfectly balanced dry gin.
Tastes like: Glendalough Gin, with Thomas Henry Slim-line Tonic water, and orange and rosemary
Sounds like: My Favourite Things – Sarah Vaughan
Sarah Vaughan’s sound ranged from the delicate highs of soprano notes to luscious baritone lows. Glendalough Gin with its seasonal offerings shows a similar gifted variety in its taste.
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