Welcome to batch 6 of Blackwater No5 Gin which was distilled just after Easter 2015. It was (for Ireland) a warm spring day, but as far as the inside of the distillery was concerned it was still mid-January!
The great thing about spring light is it’s direction and warmth. It’s low and sharp which makes for great landscapes, and local landscape photographer John Foley was out early capturing these beautiful images before arriving at the distillery in time for coffee.
So you lucky batch 6 owners, these are actual photos of your gin being distilled. Recognise it?
Every batch has its own unique characteristics so as it comes off the still, using the back of a spoon, we taste to judge when to cut. In other words what to keep and what to discard. Batch 6 was made with a new consignment of juniper berries from Macedonia and is more fragrant than previously, so batch 6 is slightly more juniper prominent than say batch 5.
You see we distill in small batches of less than 300 litres because that when Sally is happiest and we are all about happy. So big thanks for John Foley for these super photos, and you check out his stunning West Waterford landscapes here.