New Irish Gin launched in Manchester
A Manchester Irish couple have launched their own Gin Distillery 'The Hidden Gem Distillery' which is named after the world famous St Mary's Catholic Church, a beautiful 16th century chapel, tucked away in the city centre and known locally as The Hidden Gem. The company was launched in June and their first product 'Hidden Gem Gin' is now available to purchase online and is being stocked by a number of bars in Greater Manchester. Their second 'Christmas Gin' is already in the pipe line ready for the Christmas market and is due to be launched in October.
When asked about why the new distillery and gin has been named after the Church the owners commented
"The Church has always been a focal point for the Irish immigrants who arrived in the city to make Manchester their home, it's the place that my Grandparents met, almost 100 years ago. It was a chance encounter that changed their lives and it was the start of their legacy here in the North West. My Grandmother, Brigid, had moved to Salford from Co Kerry, Ireland and my Grandfather Edward, was en route to America from Galway, where he was to meet his two brothers in Chicago. Both happened to call in for a lunch time service known as the workers mass, as it was held at 12.05 every day for those that worked in the city centre. When Edward O’Malley saw Brigid it was indeed love at first sight, but he was due to sail the following evening. He returned for the workers mass the next day in the hope of seeing Brigid and decided he would ask her for a ‘date’, if she said no he would sail and if she said yes, he would stay...well the rest is history. They had four children together who in turn had a whopping 33 children between them, of which I am the second youngest. G,E & M also happens to be the initials of our three children, three of their many Great Grandchildren and so, their legacy continues....
Just like our Gin, we are made in (Greater) Manchester and steeped in Irish heritage!"
"We are a family venture and we all have our part to play in making our lovely spirit. The initial spark of inspiration came from a love of Gin combined with a hobby of making home-made wine. It seemed only right to combine the two. Making spirits was a natural progression, moving on from making wine with fruits and berries foraged locally. I started experimenting with different fusions and flavours and developing the business idea, the name and the whole concept of Hidden Gem. The rest of the family were soon on board with the idea and we spent the last year learning the craft and refining our blend. We are a husband and wife team but we all work together including our three girls, who help with peeling and chopping the fresh botanicals as well as picking the rosemary and apples from the garden when in season Hidden Gem was inspired by the local craft beer and gin scene in Salford and Manchester and was developed from a tiny spark of inspiration through to a fully functioning distillery in the space of 18 months. I am born and bred in Salford and my husband Joe is a Manchester man, who’s parents both come from Leitrim, but never met each other until they both lived here in the UK. We are based right on the border of Salford and Manchester, it’s the urban heartland of the North West and a melting pot of industry and creative artisan producers, which we are proud to be a part of. We endeavour to add social value where we can, by using locally sourced ingredients and produce where possible. We have pledged to give five per cent of all profits to local charities and good causes – a true community spirit."
For more information about the company and to find out how to purchase the product and which Irish bars are stocking the Gin visit www.hiddengemdistillery.co.uk