Martini Quotes

"I'm not talking a cup of cheap gin splashed over an ice cube.

I'm talking satin, fire and ice; Fred Astaire in a glass; surgical cleanliness, insight.. comfort; redemption and absolution. I'm talking MARTINI.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Dingle Dangle

 The Dangle     

Having picked up a bottle of newly arrived Dingle gin, I thought I would give it a go with dinner before heading out to my son's hockey practice/scrimmage.  I realized this was a potentially combustible mix of hockey and alcohol, but it was only one Martini before a practice.  For those of you unfamiliar with the sport of Hockey, there exists the phrase "Dangle, Snipe, and Celly".
The Dangle: The puck is displayed temptingly to the defender, but pulled away with quick physical prowess, setting up......
The Snipe:  A shot taken with sniper like precision. 
The Celly:  the exuberant celebration after scoring the goal.  
While mixing my Martini, I thought to myself "Could this be a Dingle, Snipe, and Celly?"  I was more than a bit intrigued by the prospect of trying this Irish Gin.  

The Dangle

       Usually when I head out to the liquor store, the "craft gin" section only exists in my mind.  I was pleasantly surprised to find this selection on the shelf.  The distillery opened for business in 2012 with the goal of bringing the taste of Kerry to the masses and is only one of two distilleries producing gin on the Emerald Isle.  This is a London dry gin in the microbrewery genre, made in small 500 liter batches utilizing copper pot stills. The botanicals in this case include Rowanberry, Fuchsia, Bog Myrtle, Hawthorn, Heather, Angelica, and Coriander.  Now I know that coriander is commonly used to impart a citrus, ginger flavor and Angelica is in the celery family giving a woody, vanilla aroma.  Bog myrtle can be smelled from half a mile away with its rather strong sweet earthy aroma.  As for the rest, I can only guess, although I do have heather in the garden.  

       The result is something quite different from your typical dry juniper driven gin.  Dingle has managed to balance the piney juniper with the other botanicals in a splendid fashion.  The aroma is pleasant but not overpowering with a nice blend of juniper with cut grass, pepper, and a floral bouquet coming to the foreground.  The taste similarly blends nicely, with coriander, pepper, and a nice sweetness against a juniper background.   After a few sips, close your eyes and you might just be taken away to an idyllic Irish countryside.  If you're one for craft gins of the balanced floral variety, I recommend you give this one a try.  It has become one of my favorites. 

Now Dingle, Snipe, and Celly my friends!


  1. Thanks, it wasn't easy to relate hockey and Martinis , but I think it came together in the end.