Rademon Estate Distillery was founded in 2012, by couple Fiona and David Boyd-Armstrong. The award winning facility is located outside Downpatrick, County Down at the couple’s historic family estate.
Together the two have revitalized the area’s craft distilling legacy. The couple’s idea for Shortcross Gin began in 2012, after a pilgrimage of sorts across Europe, North America and Asia absorbing all the knowledge they could about distilling and the Spirits industry.
The Shortcross recipe was fully developed by March 2014. The Rademon Estate Gin is a unique twist on a classic Gin. The name comes from the Gaelic for Crossgar ‘An Chrois Ghearr,’ meaning ‘the short cross.’ The name subtly references the location of their distillery, and the Gin is reminiscent of its surrounding terroirs.
Shortcross is a true “Craft Gin,” crafted from regional accents using small batch methods, the definition of the term. The Rademon Estate is equipped with bespoke stills crafted by German still makers Carl, a 450 liter copper pot still as well as two enrichment columns.
For their terroir Gin, David and Fiona foraged wild clover from the surrounding forests and gardens at Rademon Estate. The recipe also includes elderflowers and elderberries botanicals, which combine to create smooth floral notes and sweet flavors.
Estate grown green apples give the Gin fresh, lively, sweet aromas. These local botanicals are combined with traditional juniper, coriander seeds, lemon peel, orange peel and cassia to a wheat base distillate.
The distillate is cut with pure fresh water, drawn from their historic estate well. Shortcross is bottled at 46% ABV, in small batches of 200 – 300 bottles.
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David Boyd-Armstrong and his wife Fiona, founded Shortcross Gin a year after they got married. Not having any experience in the Spirits game, the couple recieved training at the Institute of Brewing & Distilling.
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Rademon Estate Distillery, based in Crossgar, County Down, Northern Ireland was founded in 2012, by Fiona and David Boyd-Armstrong. Though they are best known for their award-winning Shortcross Gin,
they recently decided to step into the Whiskey game.
In the summer of 2015, they sealed the first casks of their small-batch Irish Whiskey, and put them away for maturation. Their first release will be an Irish Malt Whiskey, set to be released in 2018.
They expect to cask 100 barrels within the first year. Every step of production for their new Irish malt Whiskey, from grain to glass, will be performed on site, no third party spirit will be used.
Even the water from the estate’s own well will be used. They plan to mature their Whiskey in a variety of casks, which they hope will imbue the Spirit with new and innovative flavors and aromas.
They plan to expand their existing facilities, including larger pot stills and other equipment to facilitate a capacity of 35,000 liters of pure Alcohol per annum as well as a visitors center.
AddressDownpatrick, County Down, Northern Ireland, BT30 9HS