DÀ MHÌLE FARMHOUSE GIN
Dà Mhìle's (pronounced da-vee-lay) started distilling in 2012 at their distillery in West Wales, becoming one of the first 100% organic gin.
Dà Mhìle, which means 2000 in Gaelic got it's name when John Savage-Onstwedder, one of the founders of Teifi Farmhouse Cheese and an organic farmer, commissioned the world famous Springbank Distillery in Campbeltown, Scotland to produce the world’s first organic whisky to commemorate the new millennium.
Dà Mhìle's Farmhouse Botanicals Gin, the second product created by the distillery, is quadruple distilled creating a silky smooth texture and a delicious, bold flavour. The gin is distilled using a slow cooking technique using a still heated by a wood fire, this allows the longest possible time to get the flavours from all the botanicals.
This gin is full of flavour with herbal and pine touches as well as a hint of citrus and spices to it. Apparently it works amazingly well with watermelon but i don't like watermelon so I enjoy drinking it with a good tonic and a slice of lime. This really does have bold flavours but remaining very drinkable!
Feel Ginspired's Rating - 4/5
ASK THE CREATOR
I posed a few questions to Mike Melrose, Distiller at Dà Mhìle Distillery and here's what he had to say...
How did you decide on the 18 botanicals you use to create Dà Mhìle Farmhouse Botanical Gin?
The Botanical Gin started with 21 botanicals when it was launched almost 6 years ago, we have very slowly and gradually weaned them down. The initial recipe was created by researching ‘common’ gin botanicals and selecting the ones which would work well together, however it is a continually evolving gin.
By using a “slow cooking” technique, how long does your distillation process take from start to finish?
Including lighting the fire (we have a wood fired boiler), we’ll be distilling from 8am – 4:30pm. This gives us about 85-100 litres of spirit. We run the still at a ‘trickle’ pace, just faster than having the spirit coming out in drops!
I love that you got the public to name your copper still, why did you settle on Ceridwen and was there a close second?
Ceridwen was the runaway winner! The name makes great sense with the Welsh Mabinogion, Ceridwen being an Enchantress who would likely have had a cauldron and made potions.
We made sure not to give the public too much freedom – otherwise she might be called Stilly McStillface.
Apart from your own, what’s your favourite gin and why?
I can ‘appreciate’ most gins from a neutral point of view. It would be easier to which gins I really dislike – but that would be unfair!
What’s next for Dà Mhìle Distillery?
Focusing on increased Whisky production, a couple of expansion projects and hopefully some free time to work on some new recipes / products.