Sling Shot Distilled Irish Gin
Skellig Six18 came to be after a group of people with deep connections to Cahersiveen, inspired by the grit, resilience and muinín of both the monks of Skellig Michael and the people of South Kerry, decided to return home and pursue a vision of opening a distillery and establishing a global brand. Long careers in law and chartered accounting were left behind to drive forward a brand which seeks to showcase the unique character of the area. The distillery employs 10 people.
Sling Shot Distilled Irish Gin is distilled in Lanesborough, Co Longford on the shores of Lough Ree in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands.
The beautiful, unique landscape at the interception of bogs, the lake and old limestone quarries was a huge influence on Lough Ree Distillery when creating Sling Shot Gin.
To make Sling Shot, a world-first distillate using peat as a botanical is combined with distillates of fresh mint, organic citrus fruits and classic gin botanicals to create a smooth, distinctive and complex contemporary gin.
This innovative process using peat, which is synonymous with Lanesborough, makes a gin with outstanding depth and complexity which is the very essence of terroir.
Sling Shot Distilled Irish Gin is distilled in a 150L Copper Pot still with a boil ball and patented Aromat spiral column. These features ensure optimum flavour extraction into the finest, most pure distilled spirits.
The gin is distilled using the copper pot still in a very distinctive way, with 4 separate high-quality distillates including one from local peat.
The name Sling Shot was inspired by the Lough Ree legend of Queen Maeve. The associated motto “Our Aim is True” also describes Lough Ree Distillery’s genuine approach to distilling and selling their spirits.
Inspired by the legend of Queen Maeve, Sling Shot Distilled Irish Gin was designed to push the boundaries of the Gin category.
It’s the only spirit in the world to use peat as a botanical. Combined with mint, citrus and classic gin botanicals, it’s a smooth, distinctive and complex contemporary gin.
Sling Shot pairs well with classic tonic water, lime slice and two or three sprigs of fresh mint.
In 2020, Lough Ree Distillery released Aiteal Irish Gin, distilled with only Irish juniper and Irish Whey spirit.
As might be expected it is very juniper forward allied with interesting green herbal notes. It’s a fantastic Gin for martinis and other spirit forward cocktails.
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