"Delightfully fresh and rounded up front with citrus, juniper & spicy notes immediately evident. The expected Juniper follows close behind. Gunpowder Tea, meadowsweet & Coriander are all notable. The overall impression is of a very well balanced and surprising gin."
Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin is slow distilled in a medieval copper pot still in Drumshanbo, Ireland. Eight botanicals(Juniper Berries, Angelica Root, Orris Root, Caraway Seed, Coriander Seed, Meadow Sweet, Cardamom, and Star Anise) are slow distilled by hand in the copper pot still. Four additional botanicals (Oriental Lemon, Oriental Lime, Fresh Grapefruit, and Gunpowder Tea) are vapor infused in a vapor basket.The vapor rises through the unique shape of the medieval head, which allows maximum copper contact. This helps to clean and purify the spirit. The vapor exits the still and passes into the infusion basket, where it gently extracts the oils and aromas from the citrus and tea. Boiling in the still would extract bitter compounds from these ingredients, whereas vapor infusion only extracts the aromatic oils.
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It takes an inquisitive, questing spirit to produce the most remarkable results. Through the years PJ Rigney has taken many journeys from the familiar into terra incognita. In time, those travels brought him to the wild and unspoiled landscape of Drumshanbo, County Leitrim.
It was here that his curious mind, filled with the great eastern traditions of distilling fruit, herbs and botanicals, went to work. He created The Shed Distillery of PJ Rigney, with its medieval copper pot stills, and began a quest to fuse eastern botanicals with local Irish plants. As it turned out, they got on very well.
The result of this passionate exploration is Gunpowder Irish Gin - as unique, extraordinary and remarkable as the elusive creature pictured on the label, the Drumshanbo Jackalope.