Cape Clear to launch a Lavender Gin

Cape Clear Lavender Gin

Dried Lavender
All hands on deck
Mike with Aodh, Corentin & Mederic harvesting lavender

Cape Clear Distillery to launch a Lavender Gin

Cape Clear Lavender Gin was born of Cape Clear lavender Initiative. Spearheaded by two successful entrepreneurs Joe O’Driscoll and Mike Daly this promotes agri-tourism and crafts together with artisanal food and drink production on Cape Clear Island. For more see Cape Clear Ferries news

An unexpected surprise

Dried Lavender
Lavender drying on Cape Clear Island

Every new enterprise, no matter how well researched, involves a leap into the unknown. And sometimes, the results come as a very pleasant surprise.

Fortunately, this was the case when Mike Daly returned to the Island very recently to find a second lush and abundant crop from his lavender plantation, just below the Cross. With no time to louse, in case of a sudden storm, it was all hands-on deck for the harvest.

All of which opened the door for some exciting new product development.

Lavender Gin Tasting on Cape Clear Island
A group of volunteers assisting Cape Clear Distillery with the first tasting of its new lavender gin.

Excellent Feedback

Our Cape Clear Lavender Gin has been formulated by Distiller Corentin Simon to bring the aroma and flavor of Cape Clear Lavender to the World. Happily, there has been no shortage of volunteers for the testing phase and because of the excellent feedback the product recipe is progressing very well indeed. We expect the first commercial batch to be distilled shortly. However we shall have to wait some time yet for the bottles and labels to appear.

The work of many

‘’Ní neart go cur le céile” and much of the recent progress was enabled by efforts by Joe, Mairtín & Ger to distil the first essential oils produced from Cape Clear Lavender. We show the beautiful new still secured by Joe for this purpose.

Our Lavender Gin is another true Cape Clear Island product brought to life by the unstinting work,

Lavender gin tasting
More volunteers tasting our lavender gin

enterprise and acts of genius from our small Community.

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