That Irish Boutique-y Gin: Monastic Spirit

This week saw the launch of That Boutique-y Gin Company, with an initial offering of 11 special edition one-off gins. Back in the autumn when we got the call to contribute, not only were we thrilled, but there was just one creation on our mind: our Irish Monastic Gin. Let’s go back in time. All […]

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What we can learn from Scotland’s whisky micros 3

With a proposed distillery popping up almost every week, we get very excited about Irish whiskey. I think that’s mostly down to how low our expectations had sunk. In Scotland where there are already over 100 working distilleries, the newbies have attracted less attention. But the scene here is buzzing. We started our journey at […]

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What we can learn from Scotland’s whisky micros 2

Scotland’s quiet micro whisky revolution can teach the curious a lot, which is why we have spent a week here. Strathearn is quite possibly Scotland’s smallest distillery, the first couple of days here were spent measuring the place up, drinking whiskey and mashing some barley. But next comes the magic bit and at the heart […]

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What we can learn from Scotland’s whisky micros 1

Greeting from Scotland, where we’ve spent a week in the company of some very generous people. I’m talking about the new breed of whisky micro-distillers who over the past few years have opened for business. One of the first of this new breed is Strathearn. Based just outside Perth, Strathearn was the brain child of […]

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What are Words Worth?

Words are interesting things. Their power lies in their ability to impart so much more than information. Nowadays you can no longer go to The Point in Dublin, it’s The 3 Arena or who ever has just paid for the naming rights. So words have a value, they are a commodity to be bought and […]

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Blather & Twaddle: How to Read a Label

This is a great time of the year to reflect on this, ponder that, and twaddle on about the other. So let’s just do the latter. In 2016 a tsunami of new Irish gins and whiskies have hit the shelves, all looking to be loved, or at least bought once. So to help you dear […]

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Why we love the Craft Drinks Bill 2016

This week saw the publication of The Craft Drinks Bill 2016, which is pretty good news. The fact that the laws governing brewing and distilling in Ireland are not fit for purpose is something I have previously blogged about. So of course we welcome The Intoxicating Liquor (Breweries and Distilleries) Bill 2016, as it allows brewers, […]

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Hedgerow Gin the 2016 Vintage

Our Hedgerow Gin started life nearly a year ago on a roadside in West Waterford. In late November 2015 we gathered plump sloes from the Hedgerows in the Blackwater Valley and stuck them in the freezer. Why? Well early in 2016 we added those frozen sloes to a fresh batch of gin. Freezing helps rupture the […]

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Boyle’s Gin is here! So Drink up.

Boyle’s Gin rocks! At Blackwater Distillery we like a gin shaped challenge. So what would happen if we designed a gin using local botanicals for taste, not marketing? Well it worked as Boyle’s Gin won Best Irish Gin at the Irish Whiskey Awards, before it was even released. This is a soft gin where local […]

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Award Time

  Waterford based Blackwater Distillery has added to its trophy cabinet with three major awards from this International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC) in London. The Cappoquin company’s flagship Blackwater No. 5 Gin won Silver Outstanding in the Gin & Tonic category and Silver for Best Gin. And there was more good news for their […]

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