• Looking for a Hotel room in Dublin

    Looking for a Hotel room in Dublin ( free of charge) for 1 day (9am – 5pm) to run the Irish Guild of Sommeliers National Competition during the first half of August. Suggestions welcome??? .

    Contact   andrew.ogorman2015@gmail.com


    down2wine@gmail.com                      Julie Dupouy Young President Irish Guild of Sommeliers



    In a week that begins with World Ocean’s Day and ends with World Gin Day, a glass of An Dúlamán Irish Maritime Gin will help bring the magic of the sea to wherever you are in the world. If lockdown has you landlocked, this multi award-winning gin uses five locally harvested varieties of seaweed and six other botanicals, to harness what we would call in Irish ‘draíocht na farraige’ (the magic of the sea).

    Sliabh Liag Distillers’ Gin Distiller Moira Doherty has created a spirit as unique as the rugged Donegal coast that inspires it: “An Dúlamán is a gin born from its locality” Moira says. “The coast around the mighty sea cliffs of Sliabh Liag hold an extraordinary bounty for local sea foragers like us, who use centuries-old knowledge of harvesting and harnessing the qualities of natural seaweeds. For example, we can only harvest the tiny, shy pepper dulse seaweed that grows in the cracks and crevices of the rocky headlands when the moon is full and tides are at their lowest.”

    “Our customers appreciate the huge amount of consideration that has gone into crafting An Dúlamán. Due to the delicate nature of our botanicals sourced from the sea, we take an incredibly narrow cut of the distillate which helps the complex mix of flavours shine through at precisely the right levels. On the palate, there is soft bright juniper, which subsides as the complexity of An Dúlamán is revealed in rich umami, brisk salt and then a buttery oyster smoothness with hints of chestnut. Given time, sweet notes of peach and even Turkish Delight. The bottle is based upon those found along the Donegal coast after ships of the Spanish Armada were wrecked upon the rocks.” Moira added.

    An Dúlamán is produced in a single shot London dry style distillation on a custom built 500litre copper still, named Méabh (which means ‘she who intoxicates’). The still has a vapour extraction basket on the still lyne arm for placing the Carrageen moss seaweed into. Every bottle is filled, wax sealed and stamped by hand at the distillery.

    This World Gin Day, enjoy An Dúlamán with any premium tonic water; it works especially well with lemon tonic or bitter lemon. A dash of elderflower cordial and An Dúlamán topped up with soda water is a tasty alternative. Classic gin cocktails are a must try with An Dúlamán – such as the Negroni – the soft earthy tones of An Dúlamán stand up to the bitterness of Campari, and it makes a mighty martini, either bone dry or with a good splash of vermouth. An Dúlamán is available from the Sliabh Liag Distillers website and from most independent off-licences nationwide.

    Last year, Sliabh Liag Distillers also released An Dúlamán Santa Ana, Armada Strength Gin. This navy strength gin is aged in Rioja casks, imparting a slight sweetness and beautiful rose gold hue to the complex maritime notes of An Dúlamán. After aging, Santa Ana is bottled at navy strength of 57% ABV. Santa Ana is available from Master of Malt and Whisky Exchange at RRP €55, 50cl.


    Notes to Editors

    Sliabh Liag (pronounced ‘sleeve league’) Distillers is committed to reclaiming the distilling heritage of Donegal. In addition to An Dúlamán Irish Maritime Gin, the company also produces Silkie Irish Whiskey. Plans are also underway for a new distillery at Ardara, Co. Donegal.

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  • International Sommelier Day 3 June

    Dear friends and colleagues,

    You are hereby invited to take part in a toast to pay homage to sommeliers across the world, the date is:

    Wednesday June 3rd 

    International Sommelier Day was established in Mexico in 2013 by a group of enthusiastic sommeliers to celebrate our profession. The date of June 3rd was chosen as it is the same date that ASI was established back in 1969.

    In an effort to join our forces globally ASI is hosting an online Zoom-toast. To ensure that we gather as many somms as possible three sessions will be conducted throughout the day. Each session will be hosted by one of the Vice Presidents of ASI with prominent guests such as Best Sommeliers of the World and Continental Sommelier Champions.

    Vice President of Asia & Oceania, Saiko Tamura-Soga, will host the first session at 1pm in Tokyo – register here

    Vice President of Europe, William Wouters, will host the second session at noon in Belgium – register here

    Vice President of the Americas, Ricardo Grellet, will host the third session at 2pm in Chile – register here

    Everyone joining is encouraged to bring a bottle of wine for the toast as you introduce yourselves during the session.

    Please share this invitation with all the somms in your community. We can’t wait to see you all on Wednesday June 3rd!

    Register here to join ASI on International Sommelier Day
    All the best and stay safe and healthy,

    Liora Levi
    Head of Media and Communications

    Michèle Aström Chântome
    Secretary General ASI
    Director PR, Communication & Marketing