In the West of Ireland,  lies the tiny rural village of Drumshanbo. There you will find PJ Rigney’s The Shed Distillery where medieval copper pot stills are used to fuse oriental botanicals with the local Irish ones. The result of this passionate exploration is Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin – unique, extraordinary and remarkable. In fact, it’s been voted best gin by the Irish!

“South Africa is now the fifth largest gin market globally and South Africans are thirsty for unique, premium gins that tell a story.” Says Rowan Leibbrandt, founding owner of Truman & Orange. The curious mind of PJ Rigney assembled 12 botanicals from across Asia and Ireland and slow-distils them by hand in a medieval copper pot gin still with a unique botanical vapour basket. 

The eight botanicals are added to the medieval copper pot still including: star anise from China; coriander seed from Romania; angelica root from Germany; caraway seed and cardamom from India; orris root from Morocco; Juniper berries from Macedonia and Meadowsweet from Ireland. This unlikely concoction is left to rest and mature. Then it’s bottled, labelled and box-packed.

It has smooth layers of fresh citrus with subtle notes of spicier oriental botanicals and the intriguing gunpowder tea, Drumshanbo Gunpowder Gin is also beautifully packaged.

The gin was voted ‘Best Irish Gin’ by the people of Ireland in 2016 and 2017. Available at most good bottle stores, including Norman Goodfellows, Makro and Pick n Pay Liquor, Drumshanbo Gunpowder Gin retails for R399 per bottle.