This Calls For A Chinnery

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From top: George Chinnery and the gin which takes his name

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Leah Kilcullen writes:

Chinnery Gin is inspired by Dublin and the Old China Trade, with defining flavours of osmanthus flower and oolong tea.

The name comes from George Chinnery, a Georgian-era portrait artist who lived in Dublin, before setting sail for India and later China.

His work from Canton is considered part of the historical record of the Old China Trade, but his time in Dublin is largely forgotten.

We are delighted to be working with the Chester Beatty Library for a talk by George Chinnery biographer and East Asian trade art specialist Dr Patrick Conner, to delve into the artist behind our gin’s name.

There will of course be some gin-tasting with our distiller as part of the event too, and delicious canapes from the Silk Road Cafe. Tickets are €35, and include two Chinnery Gin drinks and the gin-tasting.

An evening with George Chinnery; The Man & the Spirit (Chester Beatty)

We have one bottle of Chinnery Dublin Dry Gin to giveaway to a Broadsheet reader.

To enter, just complete this sentence:

‘”I deserve a bottle of Chinnery Gin especially at this time owing to__________________________________’

Lines MUST close at 4.15pm EXTENDED until 6.30pm MIDNIGHT.

Over 18s only.

Sip responsibly.

Chinnery Gin

Top pic: Met NYC

54 thoughts on “This Calls For A Chinnery

  1. scottser

    I deserve a bottle of Chinnery Gin especially at this time owing to my secret life as a victorian prostitute
    ‘ELLO DEARIE, FANCY A GOOD TIME THEN MY LOVELY??!!
    * raises petticoats and jiggles ankle seductively*

    1. A Person

      I deserve a bottle of Chinnery Gin especially at this time owing to the fact that I want to be be really pretentious at my next dinner party. I will even buy those massively oversized gin glasses.

  2. Paulus

    From your title, I was expecting a photo of yer wan Gail that used to be in Coronation Street

  3. Pip

    ‘”I deserve a bottle of Chinnery Gin especially at this time owing to my disappointment that my bottle of a vastly inferior gin is running low much earlier in the day than usual.”

  4. Liam Deliverance

    ‘”I deserve a bottle of Chinnery Gin especially at this time owing to the fact that I stopped to push an aul fella with a broken down car out of the middle of a junction this morning when everybody else just passed him by. I dunno, not world changing really but it happened to me once and I got beeped at and abused for 40 mins while I awaited recovery vehicle. He was very nice about it, much gratitude shown, and he could then go and have a cup of tea while he waited. Maybe that’s reward enough. I do like my gin though!

  5. eoin

    Fair play to the marketeers for lashing a veneer of refinement and tradition over weakly flavoured ethanol.

    Is this spirit being produced in Dublin using our scarce water supply? Are they paying for it, or are they doing a “Guinness”?

    1. Leah

      Hi Eoin, you can find out how Chinnery Gin is made here https://chinnerygin.com/gin/. We are an independently owned and operated company and our distillery, where the vacuum distillation takes place, is in West Dublin, I assure you we pay all our rates :)

        1. Papi

          “A depressant in large quantities.”

          Now, am I talking about gin or eoin?

          Answers on a postcard, please.

          1. bertie blenkinsop

            I’ll give you everything* in my bank account if you turn that sad dance into a Tales of the Unexpected dance.

            * the full €4.

      1. eoin

        Oh thanks a bunch Leah, now I feel obligated to say something nice. I hope your product is a success, I remember Belvedere, Zubrowka, Grey Goose when they were struggling in the early 1990s to get a foothold and look at them now. Perhaps in the future, if you’re expanding, you might consider setting up production near the Shannon where they have plenty of spare water apparently.

        Also, where can one buy a bottle of Chinnery …

      2. Slightly Bemused

        Thanks, Leah. That link lead me to a nice internet ramble about the different distillation methods. Being a whiskey lover, I also perused which whiskies used vacuum distillation, and was surprised to see that there appears to be a bit of snobbery there, with many of the older distilleries preferring ‘traditional’ methods, while vacuum distillation is more or less limited to newer entries to the market. I must try different ones to see if I can tell the difference.

        Out of curiosity, is it the same with gin? Do older gin distilleries frown on the use of vacuum distillation?

        1. Leah

          Personally, I have not heard of any snobbery. I think the gin market is much more open to new ideas and innovation compared to whiskey, but again that’s a personal view, having worked in both industries.

          1. Slightly Bemused

            Thanks for the insight. I would imagine while a personal view, your is likely more valid than mine which is only based on a few minutes of internet search. I appreciate the quick response, too :)

    2. David

      I’m the distiller. You’ll be glad to hear our condenser doesn’t run off the water supply. Instead it is cooled by a recirculating chiller. So in fact we use very little water to extract our flavours (also happy to clarify that Chinnery Gin has bags of flavour!).

      We are signed up to Bord Bia’s Origin Green programme and committed to continually reducing waste and inefficiency.

  6. Ian-O

    I deserve a bottle of Chinnery Gin especially at this time* owing to my scathing lack of whiskey.

    (I’m in work…..)

    But the talk does sound fascinating all the same.

  7. fez

    I deserve a bottle of Chinnery Gin especially at this time owing to it would make a great gift in 2 weeks for my then to be new wife as she is gin obsessed

  8. Kolmo

    I deserve a bottle of Chinnery Gin especially at this time owing
    to our office air-con not functionin’
    9 people, 10 computers, pungent lunch choices,
    ’tis a sin
    for it smells like a bin,
    It truly smells like a bin.

    As we sit in this airless 28 degree cage,
    I scroll through the broadsheet front page,
    Lo! this situation we are in
    could be eased with a win
    of a bottle of Chinnery Gin.

  9. Spaghetti Hoop

    Tonic and gin, are so akin
    Though I must be more adventurous.
    I’d love to try, a gin so dry
    With oolong and osmanthus.

  10. Tarfton Clax

    I deserve a bottle of Chinnery Gin especially at this time, owing to the fact that I spent the last hour in a physio’s being dry needled and pummelled, from my dodgy knee to my useless arm to the hair of my Chinnery Gin Chin. I am tired, and sore and dry and discombobulated, and in sore need of a medicinal drop of such a delightful gin as I sit in a stifling office with no windows, and precious little light.

  11. Slightly Bemused

    While I do like a gin and tonic, I must admit to being a bit of a philistine when it comes to different craft gins. I cannot drink gin on its own, so the differences in the various distillations are pretty much lost on me. Other than the utter rotgut cheepies, any gin will do for me, with a good tonic (and don’t get me started there – Shchweppes is fine), Ice and lemon.

    Sadly, while the offer interests me, the prize would really be wasted. Better to give it to a more deserving and discerning palate.

    Now, whiskies, on the other hand….

  12. SammyRay

    I deserve a bottle of Chinnery Gin especially at this time owing to my state of languor, cause by a weekend passed by in the blink of an eye.

  13. bisted

    …friends of mine once had a racehorse called Comrade Chinnery…a gin called Chinnery might just finish the process of ruination…

  14. AFoxIndeed

    ‘”I deserve a bottle of Chinnery Gin especially at this time owing to the fact the boss is off this week, so the office could really enjoy it in his absence [small office of 4]’

  15. B9Com From No

    I tried this recently. While it is not as good at Drumshanbo I found it actually really good in its own right.

  16. LonelyRock

    I deserve a bottle of Chinnery Gin especially at this time owing to the fact that it is mine and my gin-appreciating girlfriend’s two-year anniversary soon and she’ll need that bottle to help her through the next two.

  17. fluffybiscuits

    I deserve a bottle of Chinnery Gin especially at this time owing to a weekend of sin, caused by gin, which left me with a grin, a blokes heart I might win…so Chinnery..am I in?

  18. some old quare

    ‘”I deserve a bottle of Chinnery Gin especially at this time because while I am no Kerry man, I would take great interest in it being up Shane Ross- without lube- spit and shove”

  19. class wario

    I deserve a bottle of Chinnery Gin especially at this time owing to the fact it’s been oolong since I’ve had a drink!

  20. jeremy kyle

    I think i deserve the bottle of Chinnery Gin because I’m great. In fact, I think I should get two bottles, in case one of them doesn’t work!

  21. Daisy Chainsaw

    I deserve a bottle of Chinnery Gin.

    .

    .
    I DON’T HAVE TO EXPLAIN MYSELF TO YOU!

  22. V

    I deserve a bottle of Chinnery Gin especially at this time owing
    _____ am I too late to have a stab at this ?

    If only my weekend was a bould and interesting as Fluff’s — ya pup ya
    Maybe I’m doing something wrong
    So help me out
    Chinnery Gin might be just what I need
    To have a bit more saucy but nice stuff for over 18s

    And the bottle is nice too

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