The Irish Gin & Tonic Fest 2018 ran across the 32 counties of Ireland with a total of 132 venues taking part and 16 gin events throughout the country.

The 2018 event featured 26 Irish gins that hail from every province in Ireland and are made with a huge variety of both farmed and wild Irish ingredients. This year’s festival ran from June 23rd – June 30th and the public was invited to vote for their favorite #IrishGnT on Twitter and Instagram or by posting on the Great Irish Beverages Facebook page.

The winner of Ireland’s best gin and tonic for 2018 is Russell’s Saloon & Gin Emporium in Dundalk, Co Louth.

Russell’s Saloon Gin Emporium teamed up with local distillery Old Carrick Mill to create their winning ‘Carrick Fever G&T’, served with Old Carrick Mill Gin, a slice of pear and blueberries, topped off with Fever Tree Tonic.

Jean McGuinness, Bar Manager at Russell’s Saloon, said, “The public reacted brilliantly to The Irish Gin & Tonic Fest, with Stephen Murphy from Old Carrick Mill hosting a fantastic spread of gin tastings and food pairings. Everybody is so curious about Irish gin these days and they were excited to meet the distiller of our festival gin. Our choice of using fresh pear with the blueberries went down a storm with our customers as they said the garnish really brought out the botanicals in the gin and the bitterness in the Fever Tree tonic.”

Commenting on the news, Steven Murphy, Master Distiller of Old Carrick Mill said “There was great interest in our gin from the customers at Russell’s. We have a great story to tell about our link going back 300 years to Bordeaux France and what makes our gin so smooth. We had a tasting event in the bar and it couldn’t have gone better. The sun was shining and it was wonderful to see so many people trying our gin, all of it made possible by the pub’s owner Greg Gormley and the bar manager Jean McGuinness. 

Forgive the pun but gin is on everyone lips these days. Irish Gin has come on leaps and bounds over the last few years and given a few more years, Irish Gin will be as famous as it’s whiskeys.”

Congratulations to all at Russell’s Saloon Gin Emporium and Old Carrick Mill on the win!