Ready for St Patrick’s Day?
Here’s my latest list of good stuff, in this case all in celebration of Irish drink with a sampling of quality beverages I had the pleasure of trying at a recent Spirit of Sharing tasting event hosted by Irish Ambassador Daniel Mulhall and Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, at the Irish Embassy in Belgravia.
I loved tasting the great range of craft beers from this “small brewery housed on a farm” in County Monaghan, especially the biscuit-y and refreshing Brehon Blonde.
Craft distillery Glendalough’s seasonal small batch gins with freshly foraged ingredients are among the best sips out there – from Ireland or anywhere. The Wild Winter Botantical is no exception. Bright and spicy with a clean finish, it’s a warming friend on a cold night.
Wow! Who knew strawberry wine could be so good or blackberry wine so beguiling? The folks behind Móinéir Irish Fruit Wines, that’s who. I was deeply impressed with the flavour and quality of these fruit wines produced in County Wicklow using 100% Irish fruit.
Any sweet tooth craving a tipple should go ga-ga over Muldoon and warm toffee and hazelnut tone.
So, this writer is shedding a tear to see the name on the bottle’s label does not have an apostrophe, but I’ve got to admit it’s a catchy title and a rather elegant triple-distilled whiskey with toasty oaks of apple and oak.