Ireland’s Glendalough Distillery has released the newest addition to its range of seasonal gins, made with fresh botanicals foraged locally.
Like its previous small-batch gins, the Wild Autumn Botanical Gin uses a classic blend of six ingredients: juniper, coriander, angelica root, orange peel, bitter almond and orris root.
For the latest release, these are joined by other botanicals, many of which are grown in the Glendalough area in County Wicklow and sourced with foraging expert and botanist Geraldine Kavanagh.
They are fresh lemon peel, malt, nettle, water mint, clover flowers, ground ivy, heather flowers, rosehip, meadowsweet, rosemary, hawthorn haws, yarrow, blackberries, fraughan berries (wild bilberries), damsons, sloe berries, elderberries and crab apples.
On the nose, the Wild Autumn gin is earthy and floral with underlying heather and berry notes. It is robust and powerful on the front with a smooth and rounded touch of sweetness to the fore and subtle hints of clover and spice. The finish is long and smooth with citrus and notes of juniper.
Like the other gins, it is cut with Wicklow mountain water and bottled and labelled by hand, with the date of foraging and distilling on them. It has ABV of 41%.
The previous summer gin heavily features local gorse flower which delivers the complex aroma of a summer meadow in bloom.
Each expression is never more than 2,000 bottles each season. Each beautifully designed bottled features the picturesque Glendalough countryside, from a sun-drenched lake to a winter’s misty-crisp valley.
Founded in 2011, the Glendalough Distillery sets out to recapture Ireland’s heritage of great spirit production and create new exciting and contemporary brands built around these values.
Distributed in the UK by Lightbox Brands, Glendalough’s other products include a single-grain whiskey aged in former bourbon and sherry barrels, two single malt whiskeys aged for seven and 13 years, and a range of premium poitíns.
Patrick O’Reilly, owner of Lightbox Brands, said: “Glendalough Distillery have introduced an innovative new gin into a very busy category. Their unique offering of seasonal, foraged and Irish allows bars and retail outlets offer something fresh and interesting with a story. Those characteristics add to the category and importantly of course the liquid delivers outstanding taste profile.
“Lightbox Brands chose to work with Glendalough Distillery because they’re at the forefront of the new wave of Irish craft distillers. They’re innovative and challenge each category with high-quality unique brands across their range. With this in mind we can approach any bar or retail outlet in the knowledge that we have something different that they have never tried before.”
Suppliers of the seasonal gin include Speciality Drinks, Coe Vinters and Master of Malt. The first on-trade stockists include Merchant House, Coq d’Argent, The Sun Tavern and The Lord Morpeth in London.