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Pictured: Ernest Cantillon from Kinsale Spirit Co., shopper Claire McLaughlin from Blackrock, and Michael Creedon of Bradley’s, at Bradley’s Specialist Off-Licence and Foodstore, North Main Street, Cork. Claire recently bought the 100,000th bottle of Kinsale Gin, serendipitously in the first store that stocked the drink when it hit the shelves in 2016. As a thank you, Kinsale Spirit Co are treating Claire to a weekend away in Kinsale, where she will be spoiled with everything that makes Kinsale so special to them – a meal from Fishy Fishy, chocolates from Koko’s, and of course, the small batch, premium Kinsale Gin. 
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Kinsale Spirit Celebrates as 100,000th Gin Bottle Sold

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The Kinsale Sprit Company is celebrating a milestone with the sale of the 100,000th bottle of its flagship Kinsale Gin brand.

The bottle was purchased by Claire McLaughlin from Blackrock at Bradley’s Specialist Off-Licence and Foodstore, North Main Street, Cork. Claire said: “I am thrilled to be the person who bought the 100,000th bottle. I have loved Kinsale Gin from the very start so it was such a lovely surprise to be part of this monumental moment for the brand, and of course Bradley’s too!”

As a thank you Kinsale Spirit is treating Claire to a weekend away in Kinsale where she will be spoiled with all things Kinsale – including a meal from Fishy Fishy, chocolates from Koko’s, and of course a bottle of Kinsale Gin.

Michael Creedon of Bradley’s said: “we are delighted to have sold the 100,000th bottle of this fine drink, back here where it’s story all began. In 2016 we put the first 100 bottles of Kinsale Gin on shelf, and it sold out within a week. It’s important to us to stock the very best quality produce from the Cork region – a gin distilled using botanicals hand-picked around Kinsale? You can’t beat it.”

Kinsale Spirit Company came about when Kinsale native and publican, Tom O’Riordan, realised that the town of Kinsale would benefit from a locally produced spirit. He also noticed the emergence of gin in the craft spirit category and along with his sister Clodagh, and friends and fellow publicans, Ernest Cantillon and Colin Ross, began the journey that resulted in Kinsale Gin. The first batch was released in 2016, 100 bottles and only for sale in Bradley’s Off-licence. It sold out in a week, encouraging the Kinsale team to press on with the venture.

In April 2020, they launched Red Earl Whiskey. Red Earl is already being exported to several countries, including strong sales in the US and China. Work is under way for the delivery of two more whiskeys later this year: Great Earl Single Grain Irish Whiskey named in honour of Hugh, The Great O’Neill, and Spanish Earl Single Malt Irish Whiskey, in honour of Juan del Agula, representative of the King of Spain who fought alongside the Irish.

Kinsale Spirit is looking to produce 300,000 bottles per annum, across Irish whiskey, gin, and other spirits.

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