Glendalough Distillery releases springtime ginBy Amy Hopkins
Ireland’s Glendalough Distillery has extended its range of limited edition seasonal gins with the launch of a variant inspired by spring.
Glendalough Wild Spring Botanical is one of four seasonal gins released by the County Wicklow-based distillery each year and follows the launch of Wild Autumn Botanical.
Glendalough claims to be the only distillery to pick and distill botanicals in the same day to create a gin with “fuller flavour”. Distillers source ingredients in the Wicklow countryside with the assistance of local forager Geraldine Kavanagh.
The distillery’s new Spring Edition Gin is created with the additional botanicals of: gorse flower, sweet woodruff wood, sorrel , beech leaves, watermint, blackberry leaves, dandelion flower, cleavers sweet, cicely, blackcurrant, birch leaves, Sap Scots and pine.
These ingredients are added to Glendalough Gin’s basic botanicals of juniper, coriander, angelica root, orange peel, bitter almond and orris root.
“We pick and distil on the same day, this is artisan, small batches, everything is natural and it’s all a bit different,” said Gary McLoughlin, marketing manager at Glendalough.
“I don’t think anyone else is doing seasonal gins. In some cases, producers aim to have the same, but our focus on seasonality turns that on its head. It’s quite unique to be able to say our product will change every few months.”
Only 3,000 bottles of each Glendalough Seasonal Gin are launched and feature an image of the Glendalough countryside, along with the dates of when its ingredients were foraged and distilled.