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Ginfluenced: Dublin City Gin Picks And Distills Fresh Rhubarb From The Grand Canal

By Éadaoin Fitzmaurice

January 16, 2019 at 11:27am


If there's two things in this world that I adore it's the pretty city I live in and drinking gin.

To find the above in one is a dream.

Today is said to be the day that most people break their "Dry January". January can be a pretty crappy month so if you need a lil G&T to smooth things over, hey, I'm right there with you.

(In fact I've been having G&Ts every weekend - judge me)

It's been just over a year now since I started using the word Ginfluencer, and what a year it's been. We've had a tonne of weekly articles based around the spirit that I love dearly and there's been a lot of gin tasting, you know, just for researching purposes.

This week on Ginfluenced we're heading to Dublin's fair city.

Say hello to Dublin City Gin!

Dublin City Gin is inspired by the capital city. It's handcrafted and distilled with carefully selected botanicals from the local area. The base is made from Irish Milk Spirit, which gives it an extra silky finish and a unique taste.

The Bottle:

Since the launch, Dublin City Gin has had a bit of a makeover bottle wise.

The new bottle is a pretty busy and also very patriotic-looking one.

It is printed with blue and white with eye-catching illustrations. One of my favourite illustrations is the rhubarb plant that you'll find at the back of the bottle.

It's very different from any other gin bottle I've seen. To be honest, it's not my favourite design out of all the gin bottles we've seen in this series, there's a lot going on and a bit too much wordiness on the cover. I'm more into a simple and elegant style but hey, it's what's inside that counts.


Dublin City Gin came about in 2016 when two friends decided that Dubin needed a hometown gin.

The company is led by husband and wife team Jim O'Connor and Sheila Cooney who arrange everything from picking produce to brand design.

One of the core botanicals in the gin is organic rhubarb that's grown along the Grand Canal. The rhubarb stalks are picked by hand, prepared and then brought to the craft distillery to be mixed.

The select batch "Dublin Cut" is 600 bottles strong, which is a smaller batch than your usual. Everything is done by hand from scratch which gives the product a personal touch.

They have plans and development underway for their second gin which I look forward to trying.


  • Juniper Berries
  • Dublin Rhubarb
  • Grapefruit
  • Cardamom

On the nose:

On the nose you'll get that sharp distinctive smell of fresh juniper berries followed by subtle citrusy and tangy notes of rhubarb.

Finally you'll smell that mildly spicy and slightly nutty aroma of sweet cardamom.


The gin has quite a silky feel and strong flavour. Hitting the tongue you'll taste that piney, resinous flavour of juniper berries and tart from the rhubarb followed by a soft woody kick of cardamom.

With Tonic:

With tonic it has a much broader flavour, sweet and spicy with a hint of pepper.

Signature Serve:

  • Dublin City Gin
  • Poachers
  • A slice of ginger

Where To Find It

A bottle of Dublin City Gin will cost you €56.95, which is a good bit more expensive than your usual craft bottle.

You'll find it in Celtic Whiskey Shop, O'Briens and other premium gin stockists and bars across the country.

Chin chin!


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