From one of only a couple distilleries in making gin in Ireland, they’ve come to making gin and vodka in the meantime while their flagship whiskey is given the time it needs to age [due for release, by the way, this year]. The botanicals are distilled in two steps, some are macerated for 24 hours before distillation, and the others are suspended in a gin basket. Their unique blend of botanicals that calls to mind the Irish landscape actually has a lot of overlap with other brands, particularly Scottish brands, with Rowan Berry, Bog Myrtle, and Heather set amidst some of the traditional juniper, angelica and coriander. Cut with local water, Dingle Gin is produced in small batches to be traditional and Irish all at the same time.
All Gins from Ireland
Whatever you do, don’t leave out the number 5 [like Coco Chanel]. Blackwater Gin is a rock band from Wisconsin. Blackwater No. 5 Gin is a spirit made from the botanicals which were imported into Ireland by the Whites of Waterford company in the middle 19th century; meaning that it was true to what Western European nations were importing from the Spice Islands during this time. We can expect that cinnamon and cassia might be chief among these, but other candidates for possible inclusion are black peppercorn, nutmeg and mace, cloves, and cardamom.
Juniper and spice on the nose, cardamom and even some citrus rising from the edge as well.
Some gins you have a really abstract name and you don’t quite know what you’re getting into. Abstract concepts, animals, words, geography. All good names in and of themselves, but they tell you little to nothing about the spirit. A lot of times that’s where I come in.
Knockeen Hills’ Elderflower Gin. You don’t need a gin expert to tell you that there’s elderflower in this gin. It says right on the bottle. I will assure you. There’s truth in titles.
Tasting Notes: Nose: bright summer elderflower, surprisingly prominent juniper. And a bit of heat. Coming in at a respectable 47.3% ABV that note doesn’t seem out of place.
Palate: Licorice out of nowhere. It’s of the ilk of black jellybeans. I went back to check the nose. Not a whole lot not to indicate where this was coming from. Licorice notes fade, and you get a mid palate floral note without the usual sweetness of most elderflower spirits. Juniper, sharp stabbing in the middle. The finish is with a distinctive faintly citrusy spiciness [coriander likely] and a bit more licorice and flowers. The finish is enduring and a bit hot.