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Bertha's Revenge Gin Bertha's Revenge Gin

We are now distilling gin. It's called Bertha's Revenge. We spent eight months tweaking our recipe in our copper stills at Ballyvolane House. We are really pleased with the final cut and we hope you will be too. 

We are ecstatically happy as Bertha's Revenge Gin is 'Drink of the Year' in John & Sally McKenna's Megabites Drinks Awards announced on New Year's Eve 2015. Thank you so much John & Sally.

We are using whey alcohol as our base spirit (most spirits are made using barley or wheat grain spirit). Milk is separated in to curds and whey. The curds go on to become cheese but the whey has traditionally been regarded as a waste product. Special yeasts have been developed and are added to the whey to convert  the milk sugars into alcohol. This is then distilled to produce a very high quality whey spirit and this is what we are distilling along with our 18 different botanicals. We are the first Irish distillery to produce Small Batch Irish Milk Gin from whey alcohol.

Bertha, a legendary Droimeann cow from Sneem, Co. Kerry, died in 1993. At 48 years of age, she became the world's oldest cow, having given birth to an eye-bulging 39 calves over her lifetime. To immortalise her memory, we have brought her back in spirit - literally! Using whey alcohol from Irish dairy farmers, our own natural spring water and incorporating an interesting mix of locally foraged and grown botanicals, we have hand-crafted a gin reflecting Bertha in her prime. A fragrant nose, soft mouth feel and warming spicy middle notes to mirror her maternal core. And a long, confident fruit-driven finish to celebrate her longevity. Writer and historian Turtle Bunbury attended Bertha's wake in 1993 by chance and he has written a wonderful account of the day for The Guardian newspaper and please click here to read the full article. The label was designed by graphic design veteran Rod Springett. We are very grateful to Rod for working his magic on Bertha's Revenge.

Ballyvolane literally translates from Gaelic as 'the place of springing heifers' - a testament to the fertility and natural diversity of the land on which the estate lies. The much lauded Ballyvolane House practices a field-to-fork philosophy when it comes to food. The Ballyvolane House Spirits Company was formed in April 2015 by school friends Justin Green and Antony Jackson and together, we are determined to echo this field-to-fork philosophy by championing a grass to glass approach for everything we bottle.

Ingredients: whey alcohol, spring water, juniper, coriander, bitter orange, grapefruit, sweet orange, childish enthusiasm, lemon, lime, liquorice, orris, angelica, laughter, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, cumin, almond, elderflower, Alexanders, love, sweet woodruff.

We launched Bertha's Revenge Gin to the world in the Octagon Room in The Irish Georgian Society HQ in Dublin on 16th December 2015. In time, we will also be introducing a range of gin products such as sloe gin, damson gin, loganberry gin as well as a summer cup. We are also planning on opening a Distilling Academy at our distillery in due course. Bertha is available in off-licenses, restaurants and bars in different parts of Ireland and Bertha will be going international in 2016.

How to enjoy Bertha's Revenge? It stands-up brilliantly with a good tonic and a simple citrus zest garnish and ice. It makes a magnificent Dry Martini Cocktail - a true test of a good gin. It is also smooth enough to sip with a splash of water to open up the aromas. We also use it in our Rhubarb Martinis and please click here to see the recipe. We use Bertha in our cure for gravlax and please click here to view the recipe.

We are proud and delighted that a percentage of our annual sales will be donated to charity.

Please enjoy enthusiastically, but sensibly.

Best wishes

Justin Green & Antony Jackson

www.ballyvolanespirits.ie

Ballyvolane House Spirits Company Limited

Distillers of Bertha's Revenge Small Batch Irish Milk Gin

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FEAST AND MAKE MERRY THIS DECEMBER AT BALLYVOLANE HOUSE - Ballyvolane House is the ideal place to make merry and feast this coming December - our chef, Tina, has concocted a series of mouth-watering menus so that you can enjoy long lazy lunches and feisty...

Half term at Ballyvolane - Wellies provided! Half term at Ballyvolane - Wellies provided!

01.09.2008

HALF TERM AT BALLYVOLANE. WELLIES PROVIDED! - Make the most of half term by taking the kids away for a few days of family fun to the beautiful Ballyvolane House in the rolling countryside of North Cork. - Ballyvolane is ideal for little people with vast...

Amuigh Faoin Aer - Music, drama, dance a re-enactment of the Ballyvolane murders Amuigh Faoin Aer - Music, drama, dance a re-enactment of the Ballyvolane murders

01.07.2008

MUSIC, DRAMA & DANCE AT BALLYVOLANE, SUNDAY JULY 6TH, 2008 - Gardens open at 2pm, Open Air Concert starts at 3. 30pm. - This promises to be a great fun day out for the whole family, so if you are in our neck of the woods this Sunday, please drop in and...

Shahi Darbar on the lawn - delicious Green Saffron Indian Curries and cooking demonstrations Shahi Darbar on the lawn - delicious Green Saffron Indian Curries and cooking demonstrations

01.08.2008

BALLYVOLANE HOUSE SUPPER CLUB - GREEN SAFFRON EVENT, JUNE 26th 2008 - Why not kick off next weekend's Taste of Cork Festival on Thursday night (June 26th) with Green Saffron's 'Shahi Darbar on the lawn' at Ballyvolane House? Enjoy mouth-watering cocktails,...

2 day Salmon fishing courses at Ballyvolane House and on the renowned River Blackwater 2 day Salmon fishing courses at Ballyvolane House and on the renowned River Blackwater

01.04.2008

PLACES STILL AVAILABLE ON OUR 2-DAY SALMON FISHING COURSES - MAY / JUNE 2008. - Having just seen the first batch of students graduate with flying colours at the end of April, there are still places available on the courses scheduled in May and June. The river...

Christmas Parties at Ballyvolane House Christmas Parties at Ballyvolane House

01.12.2007

CHRISTMAS PARTIES AT BALLYVOLANE HOUSE - EAT, DRINK AND SING! - Ballyvolane House is a magical country house setting for your Christmas party - imagine a beautiful Georgian country house with crackling log fires, wonderful wines and delicious festive food by...

Cope foundation - Open Garden day at Ballyvolane House Cope foundation - Open Garden day at Ballyvolane House

01.05.2007

COPE FOUNDATION - OPEN GARDEN DAY AT BALLYVOLANE HOUSE. Sunday, 13th May 2007, 1. 30pm - 5. 30pm - Kids entertainment, Refreshments, Plants for Sale from Beech Hill Garden Centre - ADMISSION: €5 / Children Free - All proceeds to The Cope Foundation - A...

Wine maker's Supper club dinner with Martinborough Vineyards & James Nicholson Wine Merchants Wine maker's Supper club dinner with Martinborough Vineyards & James Nicholson Wine Merchants

01.05.2007

SUPPER CLUB #3 - WINE MAKERS DINNER - Cheer up the beginning of your week by sampling some of New Zealand's top wines and feasting on superb food at Ballyvolane House’s third Supper Club event. We are delighted to have Janine Tulloch of Martinborough Vineyards with...

Salmon fly fishing tuition weekends at Ballyvolane House and on the river Blackwater Salmon fly fishing tuition weekends at Ballyvolane House and on the river Blackwater

01.06.2007

2 DAY SALMON FISHING COURSE - Spring is in the air and what better time to either learn or to hone your skills in the craft of fly fishing for salmon! Ballyvolane House is now offering a fantastic opportunity to learn...

Indian Curry Supper club dinner - a fun feast of the East in association with Green Saffron Indian Curry Supper club dinner - a fun feast of the East in association with Green Saffron

01.03.2007

INDIAN CURRY SUPPER in association with GREEN SAFFRON - We are delighted to announce that our Indian Supper Club is scheduled for 7. 30pm on Wednesday the 28th of March, 2007. We are joining forces with Green Saffron,...

Wine maker's Supper club dinner with Iona Vineyards and Searsons Wine Merchants Wine maker's Supper club dinner with Iona Vineyards and Searsons Wine Merchants

01.02.2007

BALLYVOLANE SUPPER CLUB  - Starting in February 2007, Ballyvolane House is introducing a monthly Supper Club. These events will be informal and fun and appeal to lovers of good grub within driving distance of...

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