Hidden in the tranquil countryside of Lanesborough, Co. Longford, Lough Ree Distillery entered Ireland’s gin scene with an energetic launch of its Sling Shot gin at the Taste of Lakelands Food Festival.
Sling Shot Gin is being distilled in a custom-built distillery in Lanesborough while construction of the state-of-the-art Lough Ree Distillery and visitor centre is under way, 50 metres away, ahead of its official opening in mid-2019.
Global spirits expert Julia Nourney worked with Lough Ree Distillery to perfect the recipe for Sling Shot gin. Sling Shot marries classic gin botanicals with local peat along with a hint of citrus and fresh mint. Sling Shot is the first ever gin to distil peat as a botanical, making it unique amongst competitors in the Irish market. By using peat as a botanical, it adds depth and complexity to the gin giving it full bodied flavour.
Peter Clancy, CEO of Lough Ree Distillery, said: “This is landmark moment for Lough Ree Distillery and a fitting way to celebrate the occasion. We’re overjoyed at the positive response we’ve received from the local community and we’re excited for our distillery and visitors centre to become an integral part of the Hidden Heartlands tourism offering next year.