Located in rural Drumshanbo, Leitrim, Ireland, there is a special place you should visit. I recently visited Connacht’s first distillery in over 101 years ! Being a proud Connacht girl I couldn’t wait to visit. What a spectacular place to visit.
This distillery was built on the former jam factory which was known as Lairds. Funnily enough the owners of Lairds used to attend my parent’s dinner dances in London for the Leitrim Association! I have been aware of Gunpowder gin and have enjoyed a glass of two when I am socialising out and about and I was excited to visit with my family who are from Leitrim.
It was so lovely to visit with my family and goto Connacht’s first distillery. Owned by the innovative PJ Rigney, the distillery and the brand is exciting, invigorating and I can’t recommend the tour enough. The use of local fauna which is local to Drumshanbo in the gin is great and sustainable. I won’t tell you what it is as you need to visit.
The ambiance,design of the distillery and the welcoming staff is a wonderful combination. The staff are so friendly, knowledgeable and their customer service is great. Gift shop is great too.
You must go on the tour, I thoroughly recommend it, the tour was informative and we all learnt so much. Thanks Megan who was our tour guide and laterly told me it was her first tour!
I’ve been to many distillery tours around the world and this is my favourite. We had two tastings, one being a whiskey tasting in a wonderful room, the interior and design and the minutae to detail was second to none.
The second was a gin tasting, you could choose from a list and try the vodka too and there was a lovely elderflower cordial my cousin had.
We had a our second tasting in the sunshine! The rain started to say hello and Daìthi who served our second tasting said we could go to the teepee! This tepee was furnished with beautiful bright interiors and can be used to events too if you want a party or a afternoon with friends/family.
I won’t tell you too much as you need to go and visit. The tour was reasonable, it cost 19 euro for an adult, 19 euro for a senior/student and 10 euro for a child. See below link:
Drumshanbo Irish Gin & Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey | The Shed Distillery
We went to the cafe on site, The Jackalope Cafe and the lunch menu was superb. The food was so tasty, portions were generous and very busy but we got served quickly and the design of the cafe was quirky. The pots of tea and coffee were second to none. I’d highly recommend going to lunch here if you are visiting Leitrim.
So get booking and have a lovely time!
Make sure you add this to your itinerary when visiting Ireland and have a unique experience!
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