One of our favourite things about gin is the creativity it allows to distillers. Herbs, fruits, spices, flowers… Anything goes and innovation is rapid and celebrated. This week we welcomed something quite unique, a pineapple gin, made by craft distiller Mór Irish Gin.
Speaking with the company’s founder and distiller, Eoin Bara, we learned that the innovation came after the relative success of their wild berry flavour gin. He points out that the idea came from Keith Malone, Mór’s Business Development Manager, who is obsessed with pineapples.
“Keith has worked in the hospitality industry most of his life and the international symbol for hospitality is the pineapple”, Eoin explains.
Regarding how it’s made, he comments that they use fresh fruits as much possible. They start by steeping off the fruits in our alcohol spirit for 24 hours and extracting as much flavour from them as they can. Then the flavours are blended and distilled with the gin based spirit that has Mór’s four key botanicals.
Working with pineapples, they soon realised, had its challenges: “We found out the hard way that the ingredients we chose for the pineapple gin would be so much harder to work with than the berries.”
The tropical fruit contains a natural enzyme called Bromelain, which gives a woody sharp taste if the pineapple isn’t perfectly ripe.
Taste-wise, Mór Irish Gin Pineapple Edition is described as “not too overpowering”, and the fruit is complemented by three other botanicals, (lemongrass, bergamot and lime). “The juniper finish is still there for the classical gins drinker, but this is more like a little Caribbean/Irish party in your mouth.”
You can surely enjoy it with tonic, but get out of your comfort zone and try it with lemonade, ginger ales or even coconut milk.
Mór Irish Gin Pineapple Edition is priced at €34 and it’s coming soon to selected bars and off licences including O’Briens Wine and The Celtic Whiskey Shop. It’s a limited edition of 2000 bottles, so don’t miss it if you stumble upon it.
More information: moririshgin.com