Niall Rochford, general manager of Ashford Castle, is presented with the first bottle of Ashford Castle Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin edition by Denise and P.J. Rigney, MD, The Shed Distillery.

Mayo's Ashford Castle and Leitrim's The Shed Distillery join forces for special edition gin

The wonderful partnership between the world-renowned Ashford Castle Estate and the remarkable Shed Distillery, the home of Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin, gives life to a refreshingly bright exotic gin with the fresh and subtle flavours of citrus and honey.

This truly unique pairing carefully balances gunpowder tea and fresh citrus fruits from the Orient with smooth-flowing honey from the first harvest of beehives on the Ashford Castle Estate and wood sorrel, which flourishes below the vast tree population in the 350-acre castle gardens.

Born of the curious mind of P.J. Rigney (manager director and founder of The Shed Distillery) and Brian Taft (head distiller at The Shed Distillery), the exclusive gin was created in close partnership with the team at Ashford Castle led by Noli Alngohuro, bar and lounge manager, and Niall Rochford, general manager.

Every precious drop is slow-distilled by hand, sealed, hand-bottled and labelled at The Shed Distillery in Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim.

The stunning deep-green edition of the flagship Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin bottle represents the colours of the prestigious Ashford Castle Estate and the label bears the hallmark Ashford Castle Estate logo in golden foil alongside the Curious Jackalope of The Shed Distillery brands.

The partnership between the two family-owned businesses was born of a shared ethos. Passion, authenticity, sustainability and concern for local employment represents the philosophy of both companies.

The 800-year-old Ashford Castle Estate in south Mayo now employs more than 400 people and employee numbers have risen to over 80 at The Shed Distillery in Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim, following the opening of the new €3.5 million visitor centre.

The new Ashford Castle Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin edition is exclusively available online from Mrs Tea’s Boutique & Bakery on the Ashford Castle Estate and The Shed Distillery Experience gift shop in Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim, retailing at €65.