On Saturday 13th December Ireland’s smallest legal distillery launches in Highbank Organic Orchard.
This one is special for a number of reasons. Apart from the distinction of being the smallest it will also be the only organic spirit distillery in Ireland and also the only one where the raw material for the spirits is grown on the farm the distillery is based on.
Thats important to Rod and Julie Calder Potts who are the driving force behind this.
Saturday 13th will see a big crowd turn up for the opening of the distillery and that will be the first time that the spirits will be for sale. Its a food production facility so everyone who turns up will get to see the distillery through a special viewing window.
But for a special group it will be different – you will get a tour of the facility behind the scenes (booties and the works) with Rod (the master distiller) explaining how this lovely machine works and showing you a batch of spirits in production. One of this special group will also win a signed bottle of the first production batch made :-).
This is RTE journalist Sarah McIntyre having that same tour yesterday.
What do you need to do to be in the winning?
Answer one of 2 questions either
a) in the comments here
b) on Twitter using #orchardspirit
c) on the Highbank Facebook Page
d) do a blog post and leave a link here or on their page
Q1 – what is the capacity in litres of the still?
Q2 Come up with a word or phrase for the labelling on the spirit that best describes the idea that the spirit is distilled on the farm from crops grown on the same farm. In chocolate this can be referred to as Bean to Bar, you can also see references to a Single Estate food product. What would best capture this for you?
Enjoy and look forward to seeing you on the 13th :-)