Ireland a long-standing tradition of distilling various spirits, including poitín, a traditional Irish distilled beverage and of course whiskey. However, the popularity of gin in Ireland grew during the 18th and 19th centuries, driven by both domestic production and importation.
Irish distillers began producing their own versions of gin, often using locally sourced botanicals, which added a distinct Irish character to the spirit. These botanicals typically included juniper berries, coriander seeds, angelica root, and citrus peels, among others. The Irish climate and fertile land provided an abundance of high-quality ingredients.
One notable distillery in Ireland with historical ties to gin production is Listoke Distillery, which was established in 2016. While relatively new, Listoke Distillery draws inspiration from Ireland's gin-making heritage and produces Listoke 1777 Irish Gin, which pays homage to the traditions and flavours of Irish gin.
Listoke 1777 Irish Gin takes its name from the historic Listoke House, located in the Boyne Valley of County Louth, Ireland. With a history dating back centuries, Listoke House has witnessed the ebb and flow of time and stands as a testament to Ireland's cultural heritage.
One of the defining features of Listoke 1777 is the careful selection of botanicals. The gin is distilled using a blend of traditional and locally sourced ingredients, creating a flavour profile that is both familiar and unique. Juniper berries, a fundamental component of any gin, are complemented by an array of botanicals such as coriander seeds, angelica root, orris root, and citrus peel. Sweet orange peel in particular plays a dominant role in this gin, along with baking spices.
Alongside production of their gin, sloe gin, and now whiskey, Listoke are home to Ireland's first and only gin school, where students can learn about the history of gin and have a go at distilling their own small batch.