Often times when I see celebrities releasing products I roll my eyes and have as little interest as re-sitting the Leaving Cert.
When I heard that Graham Norton was releasing a gin however, I have to admit got a little excited. When his wine came out a few years back I wasn't mad to try it but after hearing through the grapevine (pun intended) that it was actually pretty delish, I went straight to my local to pick one up for the weekend.
I actually really enjoyed it and have bought it quite a few times since. I hoped that his gin would be no different.
At first, my estimation was that this would be middle-tier in gin land, around the same quality as Bombay Sapphire. It comes in at €42 a bottle, which is a little pricier than I had expected so straight away I was hoping it would surpass my expectations.
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A weekly series dedicated to the spirit of life. This week is my very first time trying a gin made by a celebrity rather than a small craft distillery in Ireland, so it should be an interesting one.
The bottle design took me by surprise. I expected it to follow a similar suit to the wines - plain and simple.
Instead, this bottle is super eye-catching with a unique purple palette of colour. Through the bottle you'll see purple fuchsia petals printed across the back label, giving it a unique appearance and character. It's definitely one that will stand out from the rest on a shelf in a bar or shop.
Graham Norton's Own Irish Gin is small batch distilled in West Cork, near his Irish home.
The gin itself is distilled with Irish grain and mixes a combination of twelve botanicals. The botanicals are picked when the weather's right, the flowers are blooming and it's all locally foraged.
It's distilled in a London Dry style.
"Great gin is a starting point. Add the right mixers, a favourite glass and a friend or two and you've got a recipe for something very special indeed."
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Friday night G(i)N&T We were a bit sceptical when we saw this - a celeb producing a spirit but we really hadnt have worried with this celeb. @grahnort and @westcorkdistill have knocked it out of the bag with this Graham Norton Irish Gin. Strong sweet citrus notes of lemon and orange with delicate florals of fuschia and elder flower that compliment rather than over power the botanicals. The juniper is there but not as punchy as other Irish gins. Keeping it Irish we reached for trusty @poachersirishmixers and experimented with both the Classic and Wild tonic water. Well what great combinations! The Classic tonic is light and pairs perfectly with GN gin while the Wild tonic, gives an extra punch to the flavours. Available from @supervalu_irl across the nation for a very respectable €39. Somehow we can't see this lasting long on a Friday night. Cheers! #awelcometipple #irishgin #irishGN #GNgin #grahamnorton #gintime #westcorkdistillers #westcorkdistillery #grahamnortonirishgin #ginswap #ginbotanicals #fridaydrinks #fridaynightgin #gt #ginandt #poacherstonic #poachersirishmixers #askforirish #supervalu
- Fuschia Flowers
- Orris Root
- Rose Hip
- Lemon peel
- Orange peel
On the nose:
The first scent carries strong and distinctive notes of juniper berries followed by a unique floral note from the fuchsia petals.
It has a bittersweet woody aroma with citrus undertones.
Initially, you'll taste the sweet fuchsia petals and lemon peel along with a bright botanical mix, rounding to a pleasant classic resinous juniper forward Gin.
With tonic, you'll get a sharp citrus zest followed by a sweetness from the flora and berries. It's refreshing and will definitely be a good quencher on sunny days.
- Graham Norton's Own Irish Gin
- Slice of lime
- Schweppes Indian Tonic Water
Where To Find It:
A bottle will cost you €42 and is now available in Supervalu stores across the country.
Chin chin to GN Gin!