The resurrection of Ahascragh Distillery is part of a broader movement in Ireland to revive the country's whiskey-making heritage. In recent decades, there has been a surge in interest and investment in Irish whiskey, both domestically and internationally. Ahascragh Distillery represents the spirit of this revival, combining tradition with innovation to craft exceptional Irish whiskey once again.
But they also make gin...
Xin Gin was conceived as the focal point of gatherings, embodying the fusion of two cultural influences close to the hearts of its founders, Michelle and Gareth McAllister, who possess Irish heritage but also hold Asian sensibilities. After immersing themselves in Asian culture for numerous years, they aspired to amalgamate the cherished aspects of their dual homes. The term "Xin" itself carries the profound meanings of 'heart' and 'feelings' in Mandarin.
The bottle's design artfully intertwines ancient Celtic swirls with a contemporary Eastern aesthetic, mirroring the essence within – a harmonious blend of European and Oriental botanicals. The cross-shaped label serves as a symbol of their commitment to maintaining a connection and as a meeting point between the two beloved cultures they hold dear.
Xin Gin has garnered accolades, including the prestigious title of 'Best in Ireland' at The Gin Guide Awards, a Gold distinction at the International Wine & Spirits Competition, a Bronze award at the 2022 World Gin Awards for Best Contemporary Irish Gin, and a Silver accolade for Best Design.
The distillery welcomes visitors to experience the magic of whiskey-making firsthand. Guided tours take guests through the entire production process, from grain to glass, allowing them to witness the craftsmanship and dedication of the distillery team. The visitor centre also offers tastings of Ahascragh's finest creations, providing an immersive and educational experience for whiskey enthusiasts and curious travellers alike.