Chinnery Gin, a Dublin Dry Gin made with ten botanicals including defining flavours of Osmanthus Flower and Oolong Tea, was proudly launched by Chinnery Spirits in late 2018. Inspired by the romance of the Old China Trade that delivered silk, spices, tea and porcelain to Europe in the 19th Century, the Chinnery Gin story draws on a colourful history, steeped with tales of trade, travel and creativity, all distilled into a fragrant and floral gin full of exotic flavours.
With such a singular taste, Chinnery Gin called for a distinctive decanter. Reminiscent of a Chinese lantern, Chinnery Gin’s bottle bears a characteristically Georgian Dublin townhouse façade. Peer through the sash windows on the front label and colourful imaginings of the Far East are revealed through the lively spirit. Set in this scene, near the landmark Pazhou Pagoda on the Pearl River, is an artist at his easel, honouring the renowned artist George Chinnery whose life and travels from Dublin to the far-off lands of India and later China in the 19th century not only inspire the gin, but give it its name.
Like the traders of centuries past, our distiller goes to the wholesale tea market of Canton, China every year to source our featured botanicals. There, he chooses the best of the year’s osmanthus harvest and a single variety of oolong tea that distils particularly well. They bring the osmanthus and oolong back to their small distillery in Dublin where they are distilled individually under vacuum. This allows a lower temperature to be used than is possible with traditional distillation. In this way the true ﬂavour of the delicate osmanthus ﬂower can be captured, and the subtleties of the oolong enhanced without being overwhelmed by the potential bitter notes of tea. These essences are brought to West Cork Distillers in Skibbereen, where they combine them with a gin base distilled from the remaining botanicals that complements their ﬂavours beautifully.
Chinnery Gin, with its layered, delicate flavours, is best appreciated in a simple serve, on ice with quality tonic water such as Poachers Wild and a garnish of pink grapefruit, or in a classic cocktail such as a Dry Martini.
Available below at WineOnline.ie is the Chinnery Gin 70cl bottle, their miniature 5cl bottles (perfect for wedding favours or as a sample tipple!) and our special GinBox.ie hamper.
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