Tasting Notes for Drumshanbo Gunpowder Gin
Aroma: Fresh lemon zest highlights a subtle herbaceous, sagey juniper with the slightest hint of green tea and meadowsweet.
Taste: Grapefruit dominates with herbaceous juniper and Jasmine green tea in the mid-palate, ending off with honeyed almost vanilla-like meadowsweet.
Finish: Mildly warming with a pleasant heat.
From the curious mind of PJ Rigney, who went began a quest to fuse oriental botanicals with the local Irish ones. As it turned out, they got on very well indeed. The result of this passionate exploration is Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin – unique, extraordinary and remarkable, all bottled and labelled by local hands at the distillery.
As the quest of PJ Rigney ended, he had decided for himself the perfect botanicals to complement the gunpowder tea which initally sparked his curiosity. Among the botanicals selected are local Meadowsweet from Drumshanbo, Cardamom from India, Juniper berries from Macedonia, Orris Root from Morocco and Star Anise from China. These are married with vapour infused botanicals of Gunpowder Tea, Lemon, Oriental Grapefruit and Kaffir Lime to create one of the World's greatest craft gins.
Flaviar Spirit Awards: World's best gin - 2019
Ultimate Spirits Challenge: Excellent, 94 Points - 2019
A creator of new recipes, an inventor, an experimenter – PJ dreamed of building his own distillery, but not just any distillery. The location was crucial – it had to be wild, un-manicured, in the heart of rural Ireland. A place of curiosity & inspiration, surrounded by nature, immersed in rich history. He discovered the beautiful village of Drumshanbo, on the shores of Lough Allen, at the foothills of Sliabh an Iarainn (The Iron Mountain), and PJ knew he had found the location for his distillery.
It had to be an authentic distillery, a return to the traditional methods using gleaming copper pot and column stills, where PJ could experiment with wild grains, Irish flora, and exotic botanicals. The stills had to be state of the art to create the finest of Irish spirits. The Shed’s 5 gleaming copper pot stills – 3 focused on Irish Whiskey, and 2 on Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin – and 2 copper column stills – focusing on Sausage Tree Pure Irish Vodka – were especially made by Arnold Holstein in Germany and brought over to Drumshanbo, where PJ began his quest to make the Ordinary Extraordinary.
It was during the solar transit of the Winter Solstice sun in 2014, that saw the revered tradition of distilling Irish Whiskey, return to the Western province of Connacht. During this 21st of December, PJ and Denise Rigney, along with their dedicated team of distillers, laid down the first whiskey in Connacht in over 101 years. In fact, the distillation began even before the building of new distillery was even completed – PJ & Head Distiller, Brian Taft, have always been incredibly passionate and dedicated to their endeavours. With this, the Shed Distillery of PJ Rigney was born, and PJ, always true to his endeavours, began his quest to distil only the most premium of Irish Spirits.
Producer The Shed Distillery Style Craft Gin Volume 70cl ABV 43%