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08th Nov 2022

Leitrim gin wins global spirit brand award, Dwayne The Rock Johnson offers congratulations

Fiona Frawley

side by side images of a bottle of drumshanbo gin and a close up of Dwayne The Rock Johnson

Not a sentence I’d ever have expected to type, but there you go.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has extended his congratulations to Leitrim-based Drumshanbo Irish Gunpowder Gin, after the distillery was awarded International Spirit Brand of the Year at the 2022 Wine Enthusiast Wine Star Awards.

The Leitrim distillery was up against some of the biggest spirit brands in the world for the award, and was the only Irish business in the short-list. Fellow finalists included Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s Teremana Tequila and Moët Hennessy’s Ardbeg representing Scotland.

The former wrestler took to Twitter to congratulate Drumshanbo on their win, adding that he was looking forward to trying their product.

He said:

Big congratulations Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin on your award. That’s a big one! I look forward to trying your Irish gin!

He also said he could see that Drumshanbo were “a passionate brand and proud distillery”.

A bitta old-school WWE smack talk about how the win was a fluke and Drumshanbo would smell what The Rock is cooking at next year’s competition wouldn’t have gone amiss but in absence of that, a humble and well-intended congrats from one of the most famous men in the world is pretty cool.

Fair play to Drumshanbo!

Header image via Instagram/gunpowder.gin & Shutterstock 

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