The Top Irish Gin Brands to Try Right Now

Although whiskey is what we tend to think of when we think of Ireland, Irish gins brands are hitting shelves at a rapid pace. Here are a few of our favorite Irish gins to try now!
Jan 25, 2020
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    10 Bertha's Revenge Irish Milk Gin
    Starting with milk from Irish dairy farmers in County Cork, the curds (used to make cheese) are separated from the whey, typically a waste product. Yeast is added to the whey to convert the milk sugars into alcohol and this is what gets distilled. This is now the base neutral spirit for the gin. To that, eighteen botanicals are used including the requisite juniper, a variety of citrus, elderflower, and sweet woodruff. Local well water is used in the production of this gin.
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    9 Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin
    Glendalough, known for their whiskeys and poitín, entered the gin game in 2014 with seasonal gins, one for each season. Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin, launched in early 2017, brings all four seasons together. Their plan is for you to smell the spring, taste both the summer floral and autumnal fruits, and finish up the experience with spices reminding you of winter. A host of wild botanicals are foraged by Geraldine Kavanagh and they are used fresh, not dried in the distillation process.
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    8 Shortcross Gin
    ShortCross Gin is made at the Rademon Estate Distillery in Northern Ireland. It is made with botanicals such as apples, elderflowers, elderberries, and wild clover as well as more traditional botanicals such as juniper, coriander, citrus peels, and cassia among others.
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    7 Ha'penny Dublin Dry Gin
    Ha'Penny Dublin Dry Gin is a pot still distilled gin made with 13 botanicals. These include blackberries, dandelion flowers, lavender, geranium, and cracked black pepper along with more traditional gin botanicals. Named for the Ha'Penny Pedestrian Bridge which crosses the Liffey in the center of Dublin.
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    6 Minke Irish Gin
    Minke Irish Gin is made from a base of whey sourced by local dairy farmers including the distillery's own. Its featured botanical is the rock samphire, also known as sea fennel. The gin's name comes from the Minke whale which swims along the Atlantic Ocean coastline near the distillery in County Cork.
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    5 Method and Madness Irish Micro Distilled Gin
    Method and Madness Irish Micro Distilled Gin is the first release from the micro-distillery at Midleton in Cork. It was crafted by master distiller Brian Nation and apprentice distiller Henry Donnelly. It is made from 16 botanicals including black lemon and Irish gorse flower. Available in Ireland and global travel retail beginning March 2019 with a wider global release expected in July 2019.
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    4 Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin
    Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin is produced using twelve botanicals, eight that are traditionally infused and four that are vapor infused. Meadowsweet, sourced in the town of Drumshanbo in Co. Leitrim where the gin is produced, along with cardamom, juniper, coriander, angelica root, orris root, caraway, and star anise all go directly into the copper pot stills. The kaffir lime, oriental grapefruit, Chinese lemon and gunpowder tea are vapor infused.
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    3 Dingle Original Gin
    Dingle Original Gin is technically a London Dry gin, but its botanicals lean towards a modern style by using rowan berry, fuchsia, bog myrtle, hawthorne, and heather among others. It is made in the distillery's copper pot stills and brought to proof with water from their own well 240 feet below the distillery. Dingle is a town located on the rugged Dingle Peninsula on the west coast of Ireland. The distillery makes whiskey and vodka in addition to the gin. As of late 2018, these three products are available in the US.
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    2 Mór Handcrafted Irish Gin
    This Irish gin hails from Tullamore at the Arderin Distillery. It is made using botanicals of juniper, angelica, coriander, rosemary as well as blackberries, cranberries, and raspberries. Bottled at 40% ABV.
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    1 Conncullin Irish Gin
    Pot-distilled at the Connacht Distillery in County Mayo, this gin uses juniper, hawthorn berry, elderberry, and other botanicals in its make up. Conncullin gets its name from the two lakes which are the source of the water used at the distillery: Lough Conn & Lough Cullin. Bottled at 94 proof.