Kells Gin originated in Kells, Co Meath, known as the monastic capital of medieval Ireland. What’s more impressive and worth celebrating is that it was born from a lockdown that saw the owners of the Headford Arms Hotel diversify their business. Their initial instincts were to use their free time in March 2020 to create a gin for their hotel, with local botanicals from the area, but they quickly decided to launch their products to Irish consumers.
They took inspiration from Colmcille’s monks, who were not just accomplished scholars and scribes, but also master brewers and distillers.
The distinct notes in this gin are influenced by the Victorian era which again saw Kells rise to prominence for its craftsmanship when the women of Kells produced the famous Kells lace.
The Kells lace patterns were deliberately chosen to represent the local foliage and so were predominantly floral and foliate. When the owners set out to create their gin, they wanted to use local botanicals with a brand design to mirror the innovative lace designs from so long ago.
Just 40 kilometres away in Aghagolrick Co Cavan, Ann Rudden from Aine’s Chocolate has been making deliciously smooth and creamy chocolate since 1999. She has won over 25 great taste awards and even Rick Stein is a fan, having stated previously that hers is his favourite chocolate! For the month that’s in it we thought we’d treat you all to one of her beautiful eggs.
We tried Kells Gin with numerous tonics and citrus fruits, and found the combination of an elderflower tonic and grapefruit really accentuated the freshness. So, please sit back over the Easter holidays, pour a taste of Kells Gin with grapefruit and elderflower tonic. We loved it.
Juniper, Coriander, Angelica, Nettle, Sumac, Elderflower, Grains of paradise, Lemon, Orange, Fennel, Cubeb & Orris root