Dà Mhìle's mission is to produce only top quality spirits at an honest price. They started distilling in the autumn of 2012 at Glynhynod Farm in Ceredigion but their story starts many years before that.
Way back in 1992 John Savage-Onstwedder, one of the founders of the renowned Teifi Farmhouse Cheese and an organic farmer, commissioned the world famous Springbank Distillery in Campbeltown, Scotland to produce the world’s first organic whisky of the modern era to commemorate the eagerly anticipated new millennium. Dà Mhìle (pronounced da-vee-lay) is Gaelic for 2000.
Springbank made 15 hogsheads (barrels) out of the 11 tonnes of organic barley John delivered to the distillery, of these 15 hogsheads five remain. They celebrated their 23nd birthday in the summer of 2015 and are now highly sought after by collectors.
In 2010, John applied for a distiller’s license to run a 350 litre state-of-the-art copper pot-still, even though the law at the time stated that the smallest pot-still for which a license could be granted could be 1500 litres. Nonetheless, he was encouraged to apply by a sympathetic HMRC officer who said: “Those guidelines were written when custom’s officers were still roaming the hills with muskets to flush out the illegal stills, so as to make it more difficult to hide them. Put in your application and see what happens.” Lo and behold a few months later HMRC issued John what was most likely the first distiller’s license issued for a 350 litre still in UK history. After three more years of building and license applications we were finally able to start distilling.
The distillery is now run by John’s eldest son, John-James, who was trained at Kilchoman distillery in Scotland and studied under Dr. Klaus Hagmann who has a PhD in distilling and designed our still. His first product, an organic orange liqueur called Dà Mhìle Orange 33, won a True Taste Award for its first batch! His second product, Dà Mhìle Botanical Farmhouse Gin was enthusiastically received by gin drinkers. And in 2014 he released the hugely popular Seaweed Gin. Dà Mhìle Distillery continues its legacy of making great organic whisky and gin while exploring new spirits like Apple Brandy and Sloe Gin. They are committed to producing high quality organic spirits that will make Wales proud.
Launched on the 1st of March 2014 (St David's Day) our Seaweed Gin is made with a hand selected variant of botanicals added to our small batch gin. Designed to complement seafood it is infused with a handpicked selection of seaweed from the Newquay coast of West Wales and the West coast of Ireland for three weeks before being triple filtered and bottled.
Aromas of garden herbs - fennel and dill - lead the nose, and there’s a suggestion of mint. Touches of cardamon and pepper follow slowly, and then there’s a wave of coastal saltiness. Pocket-tin spearmints burst to life on the palate, complemented by dashes of lemon juice and a spray of sea salt. The seaweed is obvious without overpowering the gin’s savoury juniper and peppery spice notes. Fragrant eucalyptus gives a slightly medicinal quality to round off a refined palate. Incredibly refreshing, like how you would imagine a mermaid’s toothpaste to be. It’s so, very, smooth, with a lot going on.
Why not try a Dirty Dà Mhìle Seaweed Martini? Combine 1 part Dà Mhìle Seaweed Gin, 2 parts Sweet Vermouth and 1 part Olive Juice in a mixing glass with ice and stir. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with an Olive. Seaweed Gin also makes a great G&T, try garnishing yours with a slice of kiwi.
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Name Dà Mhíle Seaweed Gin Country Wales Region Ceredigion ABV% 42% Size 700ml Dietary Information Organic