Mourne Dew Distillery has won a gold medal in the Irish Gin Awards for its Rostrevor Ruby Gin.
Based in Warrenpoint in Co Down, Mourne Dew Distillery launched its first gins in 2018. Rostrevor Ruby Red Gin (ABV 40%) is infused with strawberry, raspberry, mint and rose petals. It has a vibrant red colour and floral notes.
Mourne Dew’s Rostrevor Ruby won gold in the Speciality Gin of the Year category. Symphonia Number 2 Apple Gin from Benburb also won bronze in this section.
Master distiller Donal Farrell says: “We’re delighted that the judges know what our loyal customers already know: that our locally made Mourne gins are up there with the best in the world!”
Inspired by their surroundings, the Mourne Dew gins have captured the very essence of the Mournes; employing the help of an ethnobotanist, who scours the mountains, foraging local edible botanicals. This has allowed them to build up a library of very special tinctures using a low temperature, vacuum distillation process to gently extract the flavours from the delicate flora.
The distillery hand produces everything on site; from distillation and bottling to labelling and packaging. The label artwork is designed by the well-known, Irish artist Kathyrn Callaghan. The logo takes its inspiration from Bronze Age Gold Lunulas (neck collars) which are believed to have been made using gold from the Mourne Mountains.
The Irish Gin Awards showcase and celebrate the quality and flavours of the island’s distilleries.