Jack­ford Gin on a high af­ter scoop­ing top award

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DE­SPITE be­ing a com­pany still very much in its in­fancy, Wex­ford owned Jack­ford Ir­ish Potato Gin is well and truly mix­ing with the big boys, hav­ing scooped a gold medal in the gin sec­tion at this year’s Ir­ish Whiskey Awards.

The com­pany, owned and oper­ated by the Stafford fam­ily of Slaney Farms in Tom­nalos­sett, was born af­ter owner John Stafford was seek­ing an al­ter­na­tive use for po­ta­toes. While orig­i­nally they looked into the pos­si­bil­ity of mak­ing their own crisps, af­ter car­ry­ing out some mar­ket re­search, John opted to get into the gin game. Since launch­ing ear­lier this year, the prod­uct has gar­nered high praise in­deed from gin lovers and it re­ceived its first piece of in­dus­try ac­claim last week scoop­ing the gold medal along­side win­ners Din­gle Gin and fel­low gold medal­lists Ech­linville Sin­gle Es­tate Ir­ish Pot Still Gin.

‘We were up against stiff com­pe­ti­tion from all the es­tab­lished brands,’ said John. ‘ The award was based on blind test­ing by ex­perts in the drinks in­dus­try both in Ire­land and abroad. It’s a great recog­ni­tion of the qual­ity of Jack­ford gin.’

The com­pany has al­ready started ex­port­ing to North­ern Ire­land and the UK and plans are al­ready in place to ex­port to the US early next year.

While plans to lo­cate a dis­tillery at the 1798 Cen­tre in En­nis­cor­thy have since fallen through, the com­pany has re­fused to com­ment on whether they in­tend to es­tab­lish a dis­tillery at an­other Co Wex­ford lo­ca­tion. How­ever, they are de­lighted with the suc­cess they’ve en­joyed so far.

FIELD OF DREAMS: John and Orla Stafford of Jack­ford Ir­ish Potato Gin.

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