Glendalough Distillery

Glendalough {The Valley of two lakes} is a deep, glacial valley nestled in the Wicklow Mountains, just south of Dublin. Renowned for its natural, scenic beauty, the area is known as “The Garden of Ireland”.

Glendalough is also home to a 6th-century monastic settlement founded by St Kevin, a legendary monk, our inspiration and of course, the man on our bottle.
Monasteries like Glendalough were the birthplace of distilled drinks back in St Kevin’s time.

Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin

Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin

To make this extraordinary gin, we forage wild plants from the mountains around the distillery. What we pick goes fresh (not dried) into the still within hours of foraging.

All the plants are sustainably foraged by one person, every day.

They are painstakingly slow-distilled to tease out delicate flavours, in tiny batches of less than 250 litres. The cut points are decided batch by batch, by smell and taste (never timed or automatically) as if each batch is the first.

It is on another level of flavour to the vast majority of gins you’ll see on shelf today. The knowledge, experience and man-hours in each bottle are much of what makes it so special. 

Nose: Fresh notes of juniper, citrus, pine. A forest clearing in Spring rain.

Taste: Cool and mellow at first, rushing to nectarous Summer flowers and hints of Autumn fruits finally giving way to warm spice.

Finish: Long and sylvan, with warm winter spices.

Glendalough Rose Wild Botanical Gin

Glendalough Rose Wild Botanical Gin

To make this small batch Gin we fill the still with our Wild Botanical Gin and a variety of freshly picked Rose petals.

The rare and elusive Wild Rose, large, fragrant Heritage Roses, and the ancient, prized, Damask Rose all come together to make this a naturally pink and very floral gin.

After distilling it is infused with even more roses to deepen the flavours and of course the lovely pink hue.

Nose: Soft juniper notes with fresh rose.

Taste: Gentle sweet spice, turkish delight with hint of citrus.

Finish: Long floral rose petals & pink peppercorn.