Who Knew Irish Gin Was a Thing?

I didn’t. But a couple days after I landed in Ireland this year, I chatted with an affable bartender (is there any other kind in Ireland?) who told me that boutique gins were a thing in her country. I tried a few, and handily found my favorite: Dingle Gin. Of course, spending three days in Dingle, just up the road from where the gin is produced, made it especially close to my heart.

The Irish gins I tasted were more …. botanical, I think is the word. Nothing wrong with a good London Dry Gin, but Dingle et al. had a wonderfully herbal-citrus-slightly-sweet-bitter flavor.

Now that I’m back, I have had no luck finding Dingle Gin here in Amerique profonde, though I have rattled a few cages about getting it into our state. Meanwhile, I’m happy to report that the more widely available Gunpowder Gin is amazing as well.  (I also tried an artisanal California gin that was way over-the-top in botanicals. I don’t want stronger….I want wilder.)

I also adored using Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic in my Gin and Tonic. The elderflower angle simply underscored that herbaceous-floral angle in the Gin in a lightly sweet/lightly bitter way.

So….if you’re looking for a new drink, give Irish Gin a try. Dingle, if you can find it. Gunpowder, if not. And try it with the Fever Tree…it’s pretty amazing.

P.S.: Here’s a darling video of some Irish people tasting Gunpowder Gin. I could listen to these people all day! If you have a spare 5 minutes and you love Ireland, give it a watch.

 

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