There are some very interesting new gins in town this month.
Bar One: St Patrick's Sloe & Honey Gin
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
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.