Launched on December 16th at 6pm
The Octagon Room at City Assembly House
58 South William Street, Dublin 2
in the presence of a very special guest,

A fragrant nose, soft mouth feel
and warming spicy middle notes
to mirror her maternal core

Junipalooza London 2016 logo

London, June 11th-12th, 2016

We're delighted to be joining 40 other world top ranking Ginsmiths at this year's Junipalooza in London; if you're in town, please stop by, say hi and enjoy some Bertha's with us!

Junipalooza London 2016 logo

Irish Gin & Tonic Fest
June 20th-25th, 2016

We're thrilled also to be involved in 'a week long celebration of the best Irish Gins' all across the Ireland later in June. Be sure to sample some Bertha's in one of the participating venues and vote us up on Twitter or Facebook!

Pouring a Bertha's Revenge Gin and tonic

A Small Batch Irish Milk Gin

We have been tweaking our recipe for the past eight months in our copper stills at Ballyvolane House in Co. Cork. We are really pleased with the final cut and we hope you will be too.

Ballyvolane Distillery

The Beef

We are using whey alcohol as our base spirit (most spirits are made using barley or wheat grain spirit). Milk is separated into curds and whey (Little Miss Muffet and her scary spider). Curds go on to make cheese and whey has traditionally been regarded as a waste product.

Gin Botanicals

From Grass to Glass

Special yeasts have been developed and are added to the whey to convert the milk sugars into alcohol. This produces a very high quality whey spirit which we are then distilling with 18 different botanicals. We are the first distillery to produce small batch Irish milk gin from whey alcohol.

Big Bertha, the oldest cow in the world

Big Bertha, a Kerry Legend

Bertha, a legendary Droimeann cow from Sneem, Co. Kerry, died in 1993. At 48 years of age she became the worlds oldest cow, having given birth to an eye-bulging 39 calves over her lifetime. To immortalise her memory, we have brought her back in spirit… literally!

Antony Jackson and Justin Green of the Ballyvolane House Spirits Company

Using whey alcohol from Irish dairy farmers, our own natural spring water and incorporating an interesting mix of locally foraged and grown botanicals, we have hand-crafted a gin reflecting Bertha in her prime. A fragrant nose, soft mouth feel and warming spicy middle notes to mirror her maternal core. And a long, confident fruit-driven finish to celebrate her longevity.

Where to buy our Gin

In addition to many bars and restaurants around Ireland and the UK, there are a growing number of online and retail outlets selling our small batch Irish milk gin, some of which are listed below:

Writer and historian Turtle Bunbury attended Bertha's wake in 1993 by chance and wrote a wonderful account of the day here.

Ballyvolane, ‘the place of the leaping heifers’

Ballyvolane literally translates from Gaelic as ‘the place of the leaping heifers’ - a testament to the fertility and natural diversity of the land on which the estate lies. The much-lauded Ballyvolane House practices a field to fork philosophy when it comes to food. The Ballyvolane House Spirits Company is determined to echo this by championing a grass to glass approach for everything we bottle.