Bertha’s Revenge was conceived in London town, many miles from her home in Co. Cork. We had travelled over to immerse ourselves in one of the most exciting places in the world in which to experience the joy of gin. We were dumbstruck with the energy, drive and vitality of the gin market there, and came away more determined than ever to make our dream a reality. However one meeting was to prove to be seminal in its importance. We sat down with Charles Maxwell – Head Distiller at Thames Distillery – for a general chitchat. During the course of our discussion he mentioned whey alcohol as a potential base spirit. He rated its quality, and moreover, he highlighted the fact that it had been developed in Ireland. That was it; we were off!!
Using whey alcohol from the local dairy farmers here in Cork, together with our own natural well water and an interesting mix of locally foraged and grown botanicals, we have hand-crafted a gin that highlights the character of Bertha in her prime.