Looking for a gin to toast Ireland’s patron saint? The good news is that the gorgeous An Dulaman Gin is now available to buy in the UK!
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A little bit of background
An Dulaman Irish Maritime Gin, to give it its Sunday name, does exactly what the name conjures up.
Distilled at the edge of Europe at the spectacular Sliabh Liag (Slieve League) Distillers in the North West of Ireland, this gin has been created by James and Moira Doherty to reflect the maritime history and mystery of that corner of Ireland.
An Dulaman sits alongside their sourced blended whiskey, The Legendary Silkie, and An Dulaman Armada Strength is currently aging in Rioja casks waiting for release next year.
Distilled in a small pot still called Meabh, some of this gin’s more unusual ingredients can only be harvested by heading to the low water mark when there is a full moon.
The influence for this coastal gin relies heavily on locally foraged seaweed.
The traditional botanicals:
- Juniper Berries
- Coriander Seed
- Angelica Root
- Sweet Orange Peel
- Lemon Peel
- Cassia Bark
The locally foraged seaweeds:
- Channel Wrack (Dulaman)
- Sugar kelp
- Carrageen moss
- Pepper Dulse
It’s all about the history with An Dulaman. Beautiful Celtic lettering adorns the very dark blue bottle, the design of which was inspired by a fascinating moment in Irish history when ships from the ill-fated Spanish Armada floundered in the wild seas off Co. Donegal.
Bottles (and men) were washed up onto the local coastline and have influence the styling of the sturdy 50cl bottle that sits snugly in the hand.
Handwritten labels add to the sense that you are drinking something that has been lovingly nurtured and the wax seal adds a cute finishing touch..
The signature serve for An Dulaman Irish Maritime Gin is as follows:
35.5ml An Dulaman, 120ml premium tonic water, plenty ice, a lemon slice and a wee ribbon of dulse, if you’re brave enough!
On the nose
This where that ocean influence truly hits, a mere whiff of An Dulaman sent me back to childhood holidays on the beaches of Donegal.
Not one of those rare hot summer days, but a wild afternoon with waves crashing and the scent of the sea spray heavy in the air. The surprisingly complex notes of the seaweed come through along with hints of citrus and some peppery spice.
Over ice, there’s no escape from the umami hit of the five seaweeds but that is balanced by the sweet orange and the lemon before the cassia and subtle juniper come through.
For me, An Dulaman comes into its own with the addition of classic or light tonic water and that seaweed garnish, but if adding seaweed to your gin doesn’t appeal, it works well in a traditional G&T with a generous slice of lemon too. For the cocktail fan, An Dulaman makes a great Negroni or a ‘truly mighty Martini’!
Cocktail No.9 on our list is the delicious Maple Negroni20ml An Dúlamán20ml sweet vermouth20ml Campari10ml Maple…
A gorgeous savoury gin, with the coastal influence even further lifted if you can add the recommended garnish of seaweed. For me, this gin has a sense of place that will leave me hankering for a trip to my childhood stomping ground in search of another bottle very soon.
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