Sharon Reid

 

Our thirst for new craft gins shows no sign of diminishing – I’ve lost count of the number of press releases I receive informing me of newly released gins, one particular brand to stand out was Glendalough’s botanical gins. Hailing from Ireland’s first craft distillery – set up by four friends, the Glendalough Distillery is located in the Glendalough Valley in County Wicklow on the east coast of Ireland. The unique landscape is abundant with botanicals ranging from: Juniper, Liquorice Root, and Elderflower to Red Clover Flower and Yarrow to name but a few.

With access to diverse flavours growing in the wild, Glendalough took the unprecedented decision of releasing seasonal gins which reflected the way that the Glendalough Valley grows and evolves over the course of a year. Hugely successful, these seasonal gins helped to put the distillery on the map, with the brand gaining a huge following from both bars and gin enthusiasts. However, although this seasonal approach was progressive it was not feasible for bars to change their cocktail listings for each seasonal release. A solution was soon sought, whereby the team took up the task of creating a single gin that reflected Glendalough and also contained elements of all four of the seasons in the valley. The result is the newly released ‘All Seasons’ Wild Botanical Gin. Built on a base of classic gin botanicals alongside freshly foraged* wild botanicals, All Seasons accurately creates a snapshot of Glendalough all year-round. The gin starts with spring-like notes on the nose – distinctly juniper and citrus tones, before moving through to summer flowers, then autumn fruits before finally resting on winter spice.

Whether paired with tonic or made into a delicious cocktail try Glendalough’s unique four seasons in one glass!

Glendalough All Seasons Wild Botanical Gin RRP £32.59, for further information please visit: www.glendaloughdistillery.com

 

* All the botanicals are foraged by Geraldine Kavanagh, a County Wicklow native with an innate knowledge of plants and herbs grown in the wild known as ‘wild foods’. For further details please visit: www.wicklowwildfoods.com