Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin review and tasting notes of a perfect spirit for 5 o’clock tea
The gin craze is assuming incredible proportions, it is a real juniper fever, a race for those who can find the strangest botanicals.
Just think that in recent years, more than 600 new gins have been created in Great Britain alone and let’s not count the Americans or the Dutch. But among all the new gins tasted, one of those that struck for elegance and aromatic precision was Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin, an Irish gin that was born in a small distillery scattered over the moor where centuries-old copper stills are still in use.
In short, the premises are all there to make a quality product with good character and this gin does not disappoint, indeed it is excellent. It is a delicate gin, very ethereal, not very spicy, with the right amount of juniper, lots of citrus fruits, flowers, and then this slightly smoky taste of tea. It’s not smoky, don’t think too aggressive a brand is a light infusion reminiscent of Chinese black tea.
It is a nice, original touch, it adds flavor, but does not distort the balance of a gin which, all in all, is very classic and modeled on the stylistic features of the new Hendrick’s, Monkey 47 and Caourunn style meditation gins. Don’t expect a rough, earthy, muscular gin like a Navy Strength or a Bulldog.
The bouquet of Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin
The nose is very intriguing, floral, fine, subtle, with good variety, freshness and composure. From the classic resinous aromas of the woods, we pass to cardamom, pepper, pepper, endless flowers, lemon peel and then slightly smoky tones of tea. Overall it is an enveloping symphony, well-calibrated, declined with the right rhythm.
The flavor of Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin
In the mouth, it is discreet, pungent, aromatic, slightly spicy, but just enough, with spicy tips, but a certain reluctance. Sure for a gin and tonic it’s great, but maybe it’s a little shy. After so much sumptuousness on the nose, one might expect a little more. It’s not that he’s evil, he’s sharp and persistent, just that he lacks a strand of structure.
Overall it is a gin that wants to be fine and not impactful, so try it, it is not the classic battle gin, but a distillate full of delicate references and flavors.
Price of Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin
35 euros, an acceptable price.
The cocktails to do with the Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin
Excellent with tonic, fruit juices, good with dry vermouth, but not exceptional with sweet vermouth, too hot for such a shy gin. If you want to taste other unforgettable gin-based cocktails: Gin and Tonic, Bramble, Ramos Gin Fizz, Singapore Sling, Negroni, Tuxedo, Bronx, Gin Fizz, Dry Martini, Tom Collins, French 75.