Kerry gin makers pick up the top prize at the World Gin Awards
A spectacular achievement.
Gin has made a major comeback in the last few years, and these days you can't even scroll through your Instagram feed without taking in an eyeful of fancy gin glasses.
Thankfully, the Irish have a knack for the stuff, and on Thursday night Dingle Original Gin was awarded the Overall Best in World award at the World Gin Awards in London. Have a think about that. The best gin in the world.
The winner was decided by experts who blindly taste-tested over 400 brands before coming to their verdict.
The gin comes from the Dingle Distillery — which is also well known for its whiskey. It describes itself as "the first and only artisan distillery on the island of Ireland making world class whiskey, gin and vodka".
It was brought into being by Oliver Hughes; Liam LaHart and Peter Mosley during the winter of 2012.
Dingle Original Gin is what's known as a London dry gin. According to its creators, "We use, amongst other botanicals, rowan berry from the mountain ash trees, fuchsia, bog myrtle, hawthorn and heather for a taste of the Kerry landscape.
"It’s a formula unknown elsewhere and is calculated, amongst other things, to create the sense of place and provenance. The spirit is collected at 70% abv and then cut to 42.5% abv using the purest of water which we draw from our own well, 240 feet below the distillery."