Paragon Brands has announced a new exclusive distribution partnership for the Dingle Spirits family of brands in the UK.
Dingle Distillery in South West Kerry, Ireland started production in 2012, and is said to be the first privately-owned, purpose built distillery to open in Ireland in over 100 years.
The Irish distillery currently produces Dingle Single Malt Triple-Distilled Whiskey Batch No 3, Dingle Original Gin and Dingle Artisan Vodka.
Dingle Single Malt Triple-Distilled Whiskey Batch No 3 (46.5% ABV) features notes of mixed berries, warm honey and marmalade, with subtle hints of citrus. The whiskey is distilled using Irish malted grain in a timber mash tun, before being transferred into timber fermentation tanks.
Dingle uses directly-sourced casks, which they house for maturation in their facility located at the foot of the Dingle peninsular mountainous terrain.
Dingle Original Gin is produced in Dingle’s own copper pot still, called Oisín. The 42.5% ABV London Dry-style gin combines a selection of locally foraged botanicals, including bog myrtle, hawthorne, chervil and heather.
The water used to make the gin is collected from Dingle’s own well, located 240 feet below the distillery.
The third spirit, Dingle Vodka (40% ABV), is produced in small 500 litre batches. The spirit is quadruple-distilled before a fifth distillation in Dingle’s copper pot still, and features a creamy texture, clean taste and hint of sweetness, reflecting the environment in which Dingle is produced.
Chris Jones, MD of Paragon Brands, said: “We are incredibly proud to be working with the exceptional range of award-winning Dingle Irish premium Craft spirits, which complement the Paragon premium spirits portfolio perfectly.”
Elliot Hughes, business development director, Dingle Distillery, added: “We very much looking forward to working with the Paragon team, with a portfolio that complements our own.”