Review: Wilde Irish Gin

Review: Wilde Irish Gin

Three guesses to figure out where Wilde Irish Gin hails from — and, no, the spirit isn’t purple, only the bottle is. Made in West Cork from 100% Irish grain, the pot-distilled gin’s botanicals aren’t specified save for a couple: wild mountain purple heather and bitter orange peel.

Quite aromatic, there’s a strong floral thread up top, evoking lavender and clean linens, then a milder citrus quality. Juniper isn’t particularly heavy here, as the gin takes an overall fresher and more perfumed approach.

On the palate, the gin carries much more of a punch. Here the florals become far more perfumed — heavy and a little overbearing, as if you just walked into a Sephora. Flamed orange peel, grapefruit, and a pinch of spun sugar sweetness make an appearance before the gin segues into a heavier herbal character that evokes rosemary, lime leaf, and, eventually, fresh juniper branches.

A surprising powerhouse of flavor that still makes me feel like I’m traipsing through a field of blossoms, I expect this gin’s heavy floral component will ultimately be polarizing — just as the namesake writer that inspired the name of the gin was, back in his day.

94 proof.


Wilde Irish Gin




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.

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