Gin Tasting Evening with St Patrick's Distillery


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Castlebar Gin Trail is delighted to welcome Westport native Cyril Walsh from St Patrick's Distillery in Cork, to Tolster's Bar on Spencer Street, Castlebar, on Friday, September 1 for a very special gin tasting evening. Starting at 8pm, Cyril will be offering tastings of St Patrick's elderflower potato gin, as well as the opportunity to learn more about the distillery and its award-winning range of drinks. There will also be a competition on the night!


Sloe and seaweed gins now in Castlebar!

There are some very interesting new gins in town this month.

Bar One: St Patrick's Sloe & Honey Gin

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St Patrick's Sloe & Honey Gin has made it onto Bar One's excellent new drinks menu. The ruby-hued gin is made by Westport native Cyril Walsh and his team at St Patrick's Distillery in Co Cork and is a sister gin of the St Patrick's Elderflower (on the gin trail in Tolster's).

The distillery says: "Our sloe gin is a full strength 40% alc., and its base is potato spirit, distilled from Lady Claire and Rosetta potato varieties. We have resisted the temptation to add sugars to our gin, and have retained the natural tartness of the sloes, tempered with just a little drop of honey. This is an extra dry gin, with a crisp tart expression. Unlike our other gins, this is best enjoyed with a quality mixer or our preference is ½ a squeezed lime and a quality ginger ale mixer."

It's also excellent in cocktails. Try a SloeGasm! Add sugar syrup to sloe and honey gin and top with dry prosecco! 


Bridge St: Galway Gin Co Dillisk Gin

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Galway Gin Co's first offering is a dillisk infused gin and it's now available at Bridge St in Castlebar.

Aroma: Light nose of dillisk and lemon, pleasant and refreshing.

Taste: Floral and pine start with a lovely hint of dilisk and lemon carrying through to a slightly spicy finish.

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Oh là là! There's a new gin in town!

GIN TRAIL NEWS: There's a new gin in town! G'Vine Floraison is a fabulous French gin crafted with grapes and vine flowers and it's now being served (with pear!) in Bridge Street. The name Floraison means 'flowering', the key moment in the life-cycle of the vine and the perfect description for a gin that is fresh and floral, refreshing yet round and smooth, evoking the very essence of springtime in the vineyards, when the air is filled with fragrance of blossoming vine flowers. Its botanicals include juniper berries, ginger root, liquorice, cassia bark, green cardamom, coriander, cubeb berries, nutmeg and lime. Oh là là!

Welcome to Castlebar Gin Trail

Castlebar in County Mayo is seeking to establish itself as the Gin Capital of Ireland. The county town’s publicans have teamed up to launch Ireland's first permanent gin trail, which began on June 2, 2017 and will continue for the foreseeable future.

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The trail is being spearheaded by Castlebar Chamber of Commerce and local publicans, who are looking to put some added fizz into the town’s burgeoning social scene. The initiative is just the tonic for gin aficionados and newbies who are curious to learn more about the nation’s fastest growing tipple.

Dozens of homegrown and international gins will be available on the trail, encouraging locals and tourists alike to try something new and to venture into the many pubs taking part. While dozens of Irish and international gins are now available in Castlebar, for the purposes of the trail each pub will specialise in one particular gin, offering it with a carefully curated premium tonic and garnish pairing. A bespoke trail guide and map make it easy for kindred spirits to follow the botanical path around the town.

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