REVIEW: Graham Norton’s Irish Gin

3 July 2021
By Elaine Murphy
elaine@TheCork.ie

Celebrity products are often second rate. We have all seen how the Pierre Cardin name can be plastered on any product, and is not necessarily a guarantee of quality.

Graham Norton’s Own Irish Gin is named after the famous BBC Chat Show presenter, who grew up in Bandon, West Cork. His name is one which is carefully managed and only associated with quality products.

The gin is batch distilled in Skibbereen, West Cork (although the label would have you believe its made in Cork City because it just says ”Marsh Road, Cork”).

The product contains natural ingredients. Only when the timing is right and the flowers are blooming do the producers forage local rosehip, fuchsia petals and gooseberries to round out the blend of 12 botanicals that gives Graham’s Gin its London Dry style and a flavour as distinctive as the man himself.

Click to enlarge: The label incorrectly says the product was made on “Marsh Road, Cork, Ireland”. It should be “Marsh Road, Skibbereen, Cork, Ireland”.

Great gin is a starting point. Add the right mixers, a favourite glass and a friend or two and you have a recipe for something very special indeed.

The gin has a mixed citrus zest embraced by the sweetness of fuchsia petals. There is a heady combination of kaffir lime and juniper leap from the glass. The citrus notes are amplified to achieve the perfect G&T balance with a beautifully crisp finish.

The gin is crafted in collaboration with Invivo – home of Graham Norton’s Own Wine since 2014.

Serving Suggestion: The gin pairs well with Fever-Tree Indian Tonic water (Schweppes isn’t as cool as it used to be with the ‘in crowd’!), a twist of lemon or lime

Alcohol content: 40%

Botanicals: JUNIPER BERRY, CORIANDER, ANGELICA, LEMON PEEL, BITTER ORANGE PEEL, LIQUORICE ROOT
ORRIS ROOT, GOOSEBERRY, BASIL, ELDERFLOWER, ROSE HIPS, FUCHSIA FLOWERS

Where to buy: SuperValu at €39 is the cheapest price we could find

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