Our Irish Artisan Pot Distilled Gin is distilled in small batches, hand finished here in our Distillery in Cahersiveen, County Kerry.
Each local botanical has been carefully chosen, filled with flavour that creates a unique Irish Gin.
We are inspired by the character and resilience of the monks who hewed six hundred & 18 steps onto the hard rock surface of Skellig Michael out there on the Atlantic, to reach their 6th century monastery built on the edge of the world.
Each member of our team is “hands-on” for every step of the way. Working together on spirits that we can all be proud of. We hand-finish each bottle at the distillery. This means we can ensure excellence with every drop.
Our location on the Skellig Coast has a landscape rich with natural ingredients from the woodland to the Atlantic seashore. Collaborating with sea foragers, land foragers, chefs and fishermen we have been on a journey of discovery, selecting a range of unique local botanical ingredients for our gin.
Yarrow brings a bittersweet finish, with tones of citrus and anise to our Skellig Six18 gin. Traditionally in Kerry, this plant was known as a good luck charm, for keeping travellers safe while on the road. You would pull ten leaves of yarrow, throwing one away and putting the rest in a white cloth, and tying it around your neck.
Generations have used the wood of the Douglas Fir tree for boat building, enabling Kerry people to fish and travel. However today, Douglas Fir needles give notes of citrus and pink grapefruit for a herbaceous finish to our Skellig Six18 Gin.
Birch trees have a caramel-like sap which we use to infuse in our Skellig Six18 gin.
This gives our gin a mild, sweet and mineral finish.
The old legend says that it was from this Kerry coastline, that Oisín and Niamh took to the sea on their white horse to Tír Na nÓg – the land of the youth
Throughout our journey to create a unique Irish craft gin, true to our landscape and community here on the Skellig Coast, we have collaborated with experienced, talented people. Collaborating with sea foragers, land foragers, chefs and fishermen we have been on a journey of discovery, selecting a range of unique local botanical ingredients for our gin.
Our locally-based sea foraging experts, John and Kerryann Fitzgerald, supply Irish Dillisk to us from the pristine beaches of Derrynane.
Paul Quinn from Nádúr Collective shared his vast foraging knowledge and helped us experience all that our beautiful landscape has to offer. Our new gin reflects what we learned and truly represents this place we call home.
Developing a complex liquid, rich in flavour and depth means our Skellig Six18 pairs beautifully with a variety of foods. The perfect aperitif to stimulate your appetite.
We launched our gin in Dublin’s Michelin starred Chapter One Restaurant. “It’s a real food gin,” Head Chef Ross Lewis noted as the carefully paired hors d’oeuvres were served.
Our gin journey has allowed us time to experiment, especially with local Irish flavours. We will be launching different expressions of our gin recipe, using other local botanicals, watch this space.
We’re excited and proud to be recognised in the World Gin Awards 2021, winning in the Design Category.
Creating cultural ties and fostering creative talent is something that we strive for. Our gin label features original artwork relevant to our location, entitled “Headland” developed by Irish artist, Cormac O’Leary. The original painting is on display for you to see at our Distillery & Visitor Experience.
Our Skellig Six18 Artisan Pot Distilled Gin can be found throughout Kerry and in our Distillery & Visitors Experience in Cahersiveen. Of course, we also have stockists in Dublin and further afield.Stockists