If you haven’t tried gin before then this might be your reason to start, as the latest gin on the block, Boatyard Double Gin is hot off the production line. Created by Boatyard Distillery, this Fermanagh based product had its international launch last week and I joined the great and the good – purely for research purposes of course 😉

boatyard-1Company Founder Joe McGirr says the gin makeup has been carefully fine-tuned to produce a smooth, flavourful and refreshing spirit which reflects the unique landscape and botany of the lakelands of Co. Fermanagh. My mum is from this part of the world, so I’ve spent many a summer holiday there and let me tell you it’s definitely wet enough to produce good quality ingredients from the bog! (no offence)

Speaking at the launch, Joe said: “Our gin is very special as the organically produced wheat spirit goes through a double contact distillation process for a more pronounced flavour, hence the name. It is then infused and distilled with sweet-gale foraged from the bogs of Fermanagh, along with the more familiar notes of juniper, lemon and five other botanicals, to give Boatyard a distinctive taste profile. We use our own base spirit created using a Champagne yeast, making a very unique drink which is already going down very well with customers.”

csu1mndwaaawen2The Distillery, which is one of the first in the world to be accessible to visitors by both land and water, isn’t sitting back and in fact there is a full range of products in the pipeline, as well as plans to open a visitor centre early next year. Located on the shores of Lough Erne, the Boatyard Distillery has been granted full planning permission across two buildings on the site. The first phase of work will see the creation of a visitor centre, which will host distillery tours, gin tastings and a retail shop.

But how does it taste? The pungent flavours really pop and the bottle is a beaut – with Christmas just round the corner this would make the perfect gift for your loved one or even better a present for yourself. Inspired by International Gin & Tonic day earlier this week- here are a few of my fave locations to sit back and enjoy a fishbowl of the clear stuff.

14725555_1152874718125514_3324400539124488344_nMuriels Bar: The original and the best Belfast gin palace in my book. It’s now serving the Boatyard Signature Serve with fresh crystalised ginger and rhubarb.

Perch Bar: The perfect rooftop spot for a refreshing G&T after work and the glasses are like fishbowls.

The Salty Dog: Name a gin and I’m pretty confident it’s on the menu in this popular Bangor bar – giving you the perfect excuse to not feel guilty working your way through the menu!


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