An Dúlamán, Irish Maritime gin is a London Dry Single Shot gin made by Sliabh Liag Distillery in South Donegal. Sliabh Liag Distillery produces An Dúlamán with 11 botanicals, 5 of which are seaweeds, harvested by hand around the Sliabh Liag Peninsula. The resulting Gin is as unique as the Donegal Coast itself. An Dúlamán Irish Maritime Gin is the first gin distilled in Co. Donegal. Dúlamán is the name of an Irish folk song which relates a conversation between two seaweed collectors (it is also the Irish word for channel wrack, one of our five shoreline botanicals). The coast around Sliabh Liag holds an extraordinary bounty for such foragers with their centuries-old knowledge of harvesting and harnessing the qualities of these natural products. An Dúlamán bottles are reminiscent of those found along the Donegal coast during the wrecks of the Spanish Armada. Each bottle is wax sealed and the batch number is linked to the lunar phases.
From the sea we’re reminded as we bouquet the gin. The comment is well placed, there is a sense of place to An Dúlamán. It’s just subtle enough to be different, but not as overtly weird as the idea of having seaweed in the mix suggest. Most important of all, it’s not a gimmick. The bouquet flicks of both citrus and pepper and you are reminded that sugar kelp, carrageen moss and dulse are extraordinarily complex in their own right. Their aroma brings both umami savoury notes alongside fuller, herbaceous elements too. There’s a surprisingly perfumed floral tone that appears almost instantly to taste as if violets were in the mix (again, seaweed showing its full spectrum), but it’s all offset by the zing of lemon and orange at first, then the residual heat that only cassia can bring to finish. Somewhere in the mix is juniper, which is harder to discern not by its lack of predominance. Floral seaweed, herbal seaweed, savoury seaweed, peppery seaweed – it’s all there and seems to broaden out the impact of herbal juniper. Distinct and different.