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Irish Examiner "Father's Day Gift Guide: 14 Irish-made ideas and experiences for every budget" by Nicole Glennon
Father’s Day is on 18th June and we are delighted Bertha was included in the Irish Examiner’s “Father’s Day Gift Guide: 14 Irish-made ideas and experiences for every budget” by Nicole Glennon. In good company too. Thanks Nicole!
Irish Country Magazine "Embrace the Bank Holiday weekend with these refreshing summer cocktails" by Claire Murrihy
Delighted to see Bertha’s Revenge Gin Rhubarb Martini is featured in Irish Country Magazine this month. Thank you Claire!
Bertha wins Gold at 'The Fifty Best' in New York
Held in New York on 17th, May 2023 “The Fifty Best” has once again shined its spotlight on gin by hosting a tasting where 37 contenders were evaluated for the distinguished “Best Gin” awards for 2023.
We are delighted to announce that Bertha’s Revenge Small Batch Irish Milk Gin was awarded a Gold medal.
We are chuffed to bits, thank you!
National Biodiversity Week Ireland 2023
National Biodiversity Week Ireland 2023 Ireland runs from 19th to 28th May.
We are always trying to improve our biodiversity here at Ballyvolane House and we have around 20 hectares of woodland and four lakes which provide pristine and safe habitats for birds, red squirrels, amphibians and pollinators. We preserve and protect these biodiversity friendly habitats and we have created some new ones too. We have added some waterfowl nesting tubes (see photo above) to our lakes which provide safe nesting boxes for moorhens and mallard. We have also recently sown 4.5 hectares of winter bird food (mix of spring wheat, linseed, white mustard, phacelia and oilseed radish) which will sustain and feed an abundance of our resident songbirds throughout the winter months. We have erected numerous bird nesting boxes and bat boxes around the estate too. We also planted 300 native trees last year.
The Craft Gin Guide, 2nd Edition
We are delighted Bertha is featured in The Craft Gin Guide 2nd Edition by David T. Smith and Ella Carr. The book celebrates the most interesting small batch distillers and microdistilleries across Ireland and Britain. Published by Duncan Petersen Publishing the guide is available online via Amazon and other book retailers. Thank you for including Bertha in all its forms.
As London prepares for King Charles III’s coronation on 6th May, as if anyone could ever forget! But one needn’t line up along the Mall to mark the moment in style. Instead, why not flee the madness and escape to one of his favorite hotels around the world?
Ballyvolane House (our home) and Bertha’s Revenge Gin were featured in Airmail in an article entitled ‘Sleeping Around’ by Katie Bowman about King Charles’ favourite getaways. Although Elvis is king in this house, we do fondly remember his stay at Ballyvolane House in 2018 and we would like to congratulate him on his coronation and wish him every success in his new job!
Bertha at Ballymaloe May Fair
Bertha’s Revenge Gin has taken a stall at the Ballymaloe May Fair over the weekend of 12th, 13th and 14th May. We have been to the Ballymaloe May Fair ourselves as punters in the past and it is a fantastic day out for all the family. The event is located at the stunning Ballymaloe House with incredible food trucks, workshops, cookery demos and a dizzying array of stall holders selling all sorts of curiosities from antiques to Irish crafts to artisan gin. Come and have a gin-wag with Justin who will be there throughout the weekend. Justin will be sharing Bertha tipples and the ‘full herd’ of Bertha’s Revenge Gin will be on sale.
Jim Vorel of Paste Magazine reviews Bertha's Revenge Gin
Jim Vorel of Paste Magazine gave Bertha’s Revenge a 7.5/10 rating, sharing, “Bertha’s Revenge Irish Milk Gin is a perfectly competent London dry gin that will primarily appeal to those who enjoy that particular spicy profile.” The review also includes the story of Big Bertha and sustainability messaging.
Hello Spring! Check out all the latest news from Ballyvolane House
The evenings are getting longer, the temperatures are warming up and runny noses are a thing of the past! Spring has properly sprung at Ballyvolane House (our home) and the gardens are well and truly starting to bloom. Winter was quieter than usual but we were busy planning weddings, hosting fashion photoshoots and working on some other fun and fascinating events in the months ahead. Check out all the latest news from Ballyvolane House…
Rachel Allen on Bertha's Revenge 'Chewing the Cud' IG Live
Massive thanks to Rachel Allen who was our special guest on our Chewing the Cud IG Live on Wednesday. Lots of laughter, fun and Bertha tipples.