Blackwater No. 5 Irish Gin
Blackwater No. 5 Gin is a classic London Dry Gin, distilled from the purest spirit, the finest botanicals and soft local water. It balances the confident juniper notes of a traditional London Dry with bright coriander, warm cinnamon and zesty lemon.
Blackwater No. 5 is crisp and elegant, great as a G&T and excellent in a gin-based cocktail.
Blackwater was founded by Peter Mulryan, who is now the CEO, Caroline Senior who is now the Chief Operating Officer and Kieran Curtin, who is now the Head Gin Distiller.
Blackwater currently employs 10 people.
Blackwater No. 5 Gin is distilled very slowly, using a classic 300 litre copper pot still nicknamed “Sally”, bringing the spirit over at around 30 litres an hour.
The slow and steady process is deliberate, as the still is not only very responsive but it also has huge copper contact which helps create a soft mouthfeel.
The botanicals used are juniper, coriander, cinnamon, lemon, orris root, cardamon, liquorice, nutmeg, cracked pepper and orange.
Blackwater Distillery is situated in the village of Ballyduff Upper in beautiful West Waterford. The expanse of rolling farmland and rich soil is known as the Blackwater Valley with the Blackwater river flowing through it.
Blackwater’s renowned gins reflect the Blackwater Valley’s rich and largely overlooked Anglo-Irish past. In the dusty archives, Blackwater found a treasure trove of botanicals once popular which were imported by White’s of Waterford during the 19th century, who were the largest spice importer in the country at that time.
The team at Blackwater distilled each and every one of these spices; and two in particular were spectacular and they are at the heart of Blackwater No.5 Gin.
And this is why a map of the Blackwater River from 1844 can be seen on each bottle of the gin.