What inspired your to create a new gin?
My husband and I had just returned from Manhattan for a combined length of 30 years. We worked in the bar industry and had seen the beginning of the Gin Renaissance there. We wanted to start our own business here. When we moved home in 2015 we met Bronagh Conlon who knew how to produce gin and wanted to build Ireland's first gin school. Now all we needed was a space. That's where the proprietors of the Estate, Juliet and Raymond Gogan came in. Juliet's family are direct descendants of the Stein, Haig and Jameson Dynasties. Also the Woolsley and Cairnes breweries. They had an old stable they were considering renovating for a brewery. It was a really fortunate and lucky union of the right people.
What are the distillery and distillation process like?
The distillery is very old and small, with a small bonded area. It is an old stable block. We maintained as much of the structure and its artifacts as possible in updating it for gin production. Our distillation process is quite simple, we use an Istill 500 Pro series. We run the still 5 days a week and it takes about 11/12 hours in total to run our London Dry style gin.
What has the journey been like since you launched?
The journey has been very busy since we launched. A lot of networking, promotion, and answering the phones!!!
What is a normal day like at Listoke Distillery?
A normal day consists of loading the still and starting a gin run. We usually spend the morning replying to emails, catching up on admin. We usually spend the afternoon, labelling, bottling, sealing, packaging product. Usually one of the team stays and turns off the still. The following morning it is cleaned out and we start the process again.
How would you describe Listoke 1777 Gin in 3 words?
Punchy, Vibrant, Unforgettable.
What makes Listoke 1777 Gin different?
Our gin is a lot bolder than most gins both on the nose and on the palette. A lot of blossom on the nose, orange and rowan notes provide silk in the middle, while cardamon leaves a lingering heat. Juniper and citrus notes remain throughout the entire delivery. We use really good base spirit, and in addition to the consistency in product the IStill provides, it is a very clean spirit.
What is the best way to serve Listoke 1777 Gin?
Listoke 1777 gin is very agreeable on the rocks with a simple twist of orange peel. It is great with premium tonics, particularly aromatic tonics. It also stands its ground well in classic gin cocktails such as a Negroni.
Which are your favourite gins (other than Listoke Gin of course!)
What's next for Listoke Gin & Distillery?
We have sent Listoke 1777 Gin to the US for FDA approval and hope to have a presence there by the end of the 2017. We have also sent it to Japan for the same. We have also started producing private label gin for 2 different companies.