Raise a Toast to the Wild Atlantic This World Gin Day
In a week that begins with World Ocean’s Day and ends with World Gin Day, a glass of An Dúlamán Irish Maritime Gin will help bring the magic of the sea to wherever you are in the world. If lockdown has you landlocked, this multi award-winning gin uses five locally harvested varieties of seaweed and six other botanicals, to harness what we would call in Irish ‘draíocht na farraige’ (the magic of the sea).
Sliabh Liag Distillers’ Gin Distiller Moira Doherty has created a spirit as unique as the rugged Donegal coast that inspires it: “An Dúlamán is a gin born from its locality” Moira says; “The coast around the mighty sea cliffs of Sliabh Liag hold an extraordinary bounty for local sea foragers like us, who use centuries-old knowledge of harvesting and harnessing the qualities of natural seaweeds. For example, we can only harvest the tiny, shy pepper dulse seaweed that grows in the cracks and crevices of the rocky headlands when the moon is full and tides are at their lowest.”
“Our customers appreciate the huge amount of consideration that has gone into crafting An Dúlamán. Due to the delicate nature of our botanicals sourced from the sea, we take an incredibly narrow cut of the distillate which helps the complex mix of flavours shine through at precisely the right levels. On the palate, there is soft bright juniper, which subsides as the complexity of An Dúlamán is revealed in rich umami, brisk salt and then a buttery oyster smoothness with hints of chestnut. Given time, sweet notes of peach and even Turkish Delight. The bottle is based upon those found along the Donegal coast after ships of the Spanish Armada were wrecked upon the rocks.” Moira added.
An Dúlamán is produced in a single shot London dry style distillation on a custom built 500litre copper still, named Méabh (which means ‘she who intoxicates’). The still has a vapour extraction basket on the still lyne arm for placing the Carrageen moss seaweed into. Every bottle is filled, wax sealed and stamped by hand at the distillery.
This World Gin Day, enjoy An Dúlamán with any premium tonic water; it works especially well with lemon tonic or bitter lemon. A dash of elderflower cordial and An Dúlamán topped up with soda water is a tasty alternative. Classic gin cocktails are a must try with An Dúlamán – such as the Negroni – the soft earthy tones of An Dúlamán stand up to the bitterness of Campari, and it makes a mighty martini, either bone dry or with a good splash of vermouth. An Dúlamán is available from the Sliabh Liag Distillers website and from most independent off-licences nationwide.
Last year, Sliabh Liag Distillers also released An Dúlamán Santa Ana, Armada Strength Gin. This navy strength gin is aged in Rioja casks, imparting a slight sweetness and beautiful rose gold hue to the complex maritime notes of An Dúlamán. After aging, Santa Ana is bottled at navy strength of 57% ABV.
Santa Ana is available from Master of Malt and Whisky Exchange at RRP €55, 50cl.