Posted on Tuesday 20 May 2014 by Ulster Business
David Boyd-Armstong stands in front of the copper still at Radmon Estate Distillery, holding a bottle of Northern Ireland's first locally-produced craft gin, Shortcross.
Northern Ireland-made gin could soon be gracing the tables of the world's best bars and restaurants following the creation of a Downpatrick distillery. Rademon Estate Distillery has already supplied its Shortcross Gin to selected pubs and restaurants here from its base at the estate of the same name outside the County Down town.
Husband and wife team Fiona and David Boyd-Armstrong who run the company use the estates own water supply to make the gin, distil it in a "bespoke copper still" in what they claim is the only craft distillery in Northern Ireland. They describe Shortcross Gin as having a "unique and uplifting aroma reminiscent of a summer meadow...a classic yet contemporary flavour with an exceptionally smooth and long peppery finish."
Shortcross Gin is currently being distributed by James Nicholson Wine Merchants and is available in James Street South, Hadskis, James Street South Bar & Grill, Ox Belfast, Balloo House, The Parsons Nose, The Poachers Pocket, Muriels Café Bar and The John Hewitt.