In our relentless quest to find the most unusual and interesting gins from around the world, let us introduce you to Bertha, her revenge, and a gin made from milk.
Bertha was a lovely cow from the beautiful green fields of Co. Kerry in Ireland. She lived a happy life, chomping her way through the famous green grass of her homeland. She was so well looked after that she lived to the ripe old age of 48. By the time she passed on to chomp on the Elysian fields, she had become the world’s oldest cow. She gave birth to a staggering 39 calves over her lifetime.
She became a living legend in Ireland and her memory now lives on in Bertha’s Revenge (paid link), a fantastic, flavour packed small batch gin made by the Ballyvolane House Spirits Company. They have honoured her existence by creating a unique Irish gin made from (wait for it…) milk.
A gin made from milk?
Using whey alcohol from Irish dairy farmers, this is a delicious drink full of complex flavours. It incorporates a formidable mix of locally foraged and grown botanicals including many of the usual suspects (and some unusual ones such as sweet woodruff, elderflower, almond). Plus it lists ingredients such as “love”, “laughter” and “childish enthusiasm”. But don’t try pouring it on your cornflakes, since it packs a decent punch at 42% ABV.
But all the clever marketing in the world can’t disguise a bad gin, so what’s this gin made from milk like?
We had a little gathering to find out and in a blind test of four of our favourite small batch gins, this was our runaway favourite with an unanimous four out of four tasters making it their top choice. Why don’t you try it too and let us know what you think?
Written by Steve (with a little help from Ruddles, the gin dog!)
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