If I was forced to survive on only one drink for the rest of my life (yes, I ponder about these life changing things every now and then), I wouldn’t even think twice before I chose gin. You cannot beat a good gin & tonic! It’s a botanical bombshell that brings me so much joy, there aren’t enough adjectives in the Oxford English Dictionary to describe how amazing I think the humble gin and tonic is.
Summer picnics, winter soirees, it doesn’t matter! Get me a G&T and I am a happy boy. You can imagine how excited I was then, when I got an invite to the launch of the craft gin distillery Warner Edward’s limited edition, Melissa Lemon Balm Gin.
It didn’t take a lot of convincing to get my fellow gin obsessed friend Jox, to make the trip to the home of Warner Edwards – Falls Farm in Harrington, to understand what all the fuss was about! We got into a taxi and made our way to the launch party ready for an evening of gin.
We were welcomed with a glass of the Melissa Collins cocktail as we arrived at Fall Farms made with the limited edition artisan lemon balm gin. With fresh green notes, a robust juniper core and a distinctively sweet layer of citrus and mint, I was hooked! This was turning out to be a great night already.
Jox and I loved chatting to the proud co-founder Tom Warner, who gave us a tour of his lovely botanical garden. Inspired by his late mother Adele who was a keen gardener, this garden was a flavour library – the various plants and its wonderful aromas demanded attention.
It’s incredible when you think that these very plants are distilled to create the beautifully balanced gins that come out of this hand-crafted gin heaven! Every small batch of gin that Warner Edwards produces is carefully handcrafted – from the filling of the bottles to the wax that seals the magical elixir; all done by the team right here on Fall Farms!
The highlight of our visit however was the tractor tour of the picturesque farms, complete with its 200 year old barns and natural springs less than 300 meters from the distillery. With over 60% of every bottle of gin produced being the natural spring water from the farm, it was great to see how uniquely local this company was. Even the strong smell of the organic manure couldn’t have ruined my mood.
Yes, I know I am such a city boy!
Gin expert Stephen Pennack, mixologist at Sager Wilde was at hand to teach us how to mix the perfect gin cocktails. Perfectly timed too as we were running low on the gin after getting off the gin wagon.
Gin in hand, scones devoured, Jox and I enjoyed the rest of the evening in the lovely botanical garden as the music played in the background. This was as good as life gets.
The award-winning artisan gin made by Warner Edwards is as good as it gets. The passion and dedication of the team really does show in every bottle of gin they produce here. I left having discovered my new favourite gin.
The range comprises three delicious flavours in addition to the classic Dry Gin: Harrington Elderflower Gin, Harrington Sloe Gin and my personal favourite; Victoria’s Rhubarb Gin. The Rhubarb Gin would make an amazing Christmas present to any gin lover. (hint hint!)