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Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin

86.60 /100

Dry & Invigorating Flavours

Score With Tonic: 82.42 /100  •  Juniper Influence: 64 /100

Gin Code: E03

Producer: Glendalough

Type: Contemporary Gin

Country: Ireland

Location: Wicklow Mountains

Release: Special Import

ABV: 41%

Regular Price: $48.61

Review Date: Wed May 15, 2019

Gin Code: E03

Producer: Glendalough

Type: Contemporary Gin

Country: Ireland

Location: Wicklow Mountains

Release: Special Import

ABV: 41%

Regular Price: $48.61

Review Date: Wed May 15, 2019

About This Contemporary Gin

Why This Bottle?

Passionate to revive the art of craft distillation in Ireland, a group of friends got together a number of years ago and the Glendalough Distillery was formed.  Located just south of Dublin in the Wicklow Mountains, this distillery takes its cue from St Kevin, a 5th century monk who abandoned safety and comfort to “follow his passion and create something more meaningful in the mountains”.  If there ever was an appropriate pick for a patron saint of craft distilling, Kevin’s the one!

Wild-foraged botanicals are hand-picked in the area and put into the still immediately upon picking.  The picking list of includes some of the regulars (juniper, orris root, orange peel) and some more ‘off the beaten track’ ingredients (red clover, ox eye daisy, watermint, sweet cicely, and lady’s bedstraw, to name a few).   This gin is non-chilled filtered, and its manageable 41% abv may result in the natural botanical oils causing some cloudiness during mixing (lousching).  Not a fault…just craftiness.

The botanicals that make up Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin include liquorice root and bark, lemon, elderflower, red clover, yarrow, ox eye daisy, wild raspberry, blackberry leaves, wild rose, watermint, sweet woodruff, lemon balm, sweet cicely, lady’s bedstraw and bell heather.

 

Strath Panel Notes

Viscous in the glass with restrained juniper, orris, and lemon oil on the nose.

The palate gave us a raw sugarcane note with a round fruitiness reminiscent of blueberries. A complex but delicate herbaceousness backed with a nice orange flavour.

Serving suggestion: Straight up with lemon

Will It G&T? While it works well with tonic, it does mask this gin’s key feature – complexity.

Recent Reviews

How We Review Gins

Score

Gins are rated out of 100 by our members when they come to sample them in-store.

Based on how scoring occurred for our early reviews, the following guide is given to members –

0-60 awful • 60-70 bad • 70-80 okay • 80-85 good • 85-90 great • 90-95 awesome • 95+ amazing

The individual scores are collected, and outliers are removed via the “agreeable group” statistical method to reduce bias and taste preferences (ie, people who score a sloe gin lowly because they don’t like sloeberries). This gives us a better idea of the overall quality of the gin in the eyes of our members.

We also ask members to submit a score with tonic, if they chose to try it as a G&T.

 

Flavour Profile

Along with scoring the gin, members are invited to choose up to two of the below flavour profiles which they think match the spirit. The profile that is most commonly chosen is then the official flavour profile for the gin.

dry & invigorating
eg – almond, orris, clove, ginger, anise

floral & delicate
eg – rose, chamomile, cucumber, apple

fruity & sweet
eg – berries, peach, orange, vanilla

savoury & herbaceous
eg – earl grey, thyme, caraway, spruce

We also get members to grade the influence of the juniper on the flavour out of 100.