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Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin Gains Popularity, Wins Awards

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Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin Gains Popularity, Wins Awards

The success of the multi-award winning Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin has won the 2019 Flaviar Best Gin ‘Oscar’.

The distillery said in a statement that this 'created great international excitement around Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin, especially in the US (the biggest export market for the brand) and as far afield as Asia.'

Flaviar is one of the world’s most competitive drinks contests, which awards Best Spirit ‘Oscars’ to just 5 of the 22,000 eligible premium spirits brands each year.

It is the first-ever brand from The Shed Distillery of PJ Rigney, has been key to the creation of over 30 new jobs in the small rural village of Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim just three years since the remarkable brand was first launched to market.

How It's Made


Every precious drop of Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin is slow-distilled with ‘oriental botanicals & gunpowder tea’ by hand and then proudly bottled, sealed & labelled by this incredible team at the Distillery.

The extraordinary global passion for the iconic Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin has led to listings in over 30 international markets, from London to Moscow, Sydney to New York, Capetown to Moscow. And now the brand is breaking new ground in Asia with a landmark listing in Hong Kong International Airport recently secured.

The super-premium gin from the Curious Mind of PJ Rigney combines vapour distillation of fresh Chinese lemons, Kaffir limes, and Oriental grapefruits, along with the intriguing gunpowder tea, and pot still distillation of 8 other botanicals ranging from Chinese star anise to local Drumshanbo meadowsweet.

The recipe uses only fresh citrus fruits, leading to the signature fresh, rounded flavour. Every bottle is uniquely hand filled, labelled and sealed, by the team in the distillery.



With the continued ambitious international growth of Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin, & Sausage Tree Pure Irish Vodka, a Curious new €2million Visitor Experience & plans to release the first ‘Premier Grand Cru’ whiskey later this year, the workforce will soon grow to more than 50 persons.

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