Success Of Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin Key To Creation Of 30 Jobs

By Dave Simpson
Success Of Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin Key To Creation Of 30 Jobs

The success of the multi-award winning Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin, the first-ever brand from The Shed Distillery of PJ Rigney, has been key to the creation of over 30 new jobs in the small rural village of Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim, in the three years since the brand was first launched.

Winning the 2019 Flaviar best gin "Oscar" created great international excitement about Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin, especially in the US, which is the brand's biggest export market, and also as far afield as Asia. Flaviar is one of the world's most competitive drinks contests, which awards best spirit "Oscars" to just five of 22,000 eligible premium spirits brands every year.

Every precious drop of Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin is slow-distilled with Oriental botanicals and gunpowder tea by hand and then proudly bottled, sealed and labelled by the team at The Shed Distillery.

The extraordinary global passion for the iconic Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin has led to listings in over 30 international markets, from London to Moscow to Sydney to New York to Capetown. And now the brand is breaking new ground in Asia, having recently secured a landmark listing at Hong Kong International Airport.


The super-premium gin from the "curious mind" of PJ Rigney combines vapour distillation of fresh Chinese lemons, Kaffir limes and Oriental grapefruits, along with the intriguing gunpowder tea and pot still distillation of eight other botanicals, ranging from Chinese star anise to local Drumshanbo meadowsweet.


The recipe uses only fresh citrus fruits, leading to the signature fresh, rounded flavour. Every bottle is uniquely hand filled, labelled and sealed by the team at The Shed Distillery.

Growing Workforce

With the continued ambitious international growth of Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin and Sausage Tree Pure Irish Vodka, a "curious" new €2 million visitor experience and plans to release the first "Premier Grand Cru" whiskey later this year, the company's workforce will soon grow to more than 50 people.

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