NI firm gets Captain Sir Tom Moore Gin

An off-licence in Co. Fermanagh has taken delivery of the first bottles of ‘Captain Sir Tom’s Gin’ to go on sale locally.

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 6:00 am
Catherine Maguire with the Captain Sir Tom's London Dry Gin

The Castle Archdale business has also secured the exclusive rights to sell the gin throughout Northern Ireland.

The London Dry Gin which was developed in partnership with Captain Sir Tom Moore by the Otterbeck Distillery in his home County of Yorkshire, was launched at the end of 2020. Otterbeck is making a donation to The Captain Tom Foundation for every bottle sold.

When Catherine Maguire who owns the Vineyard off-licence heard about the launch of the gin she contacted the distillery with the view to stocking it in her store.

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Captain Sir Tom's London Dry Gin is now available at Vineyard at Castle Archdale in Co Fermanagh

She explained: “Given the very high esteem that Captain Sir Tom is held in nationally and internationally I knew that the gin would be very popular. I had customers enquiring about it, all wanting to own a bottle of this very special gin. The Distillery were very pleased to receive our approach and immediately recognised our enthusiasm for the product. We are absolutely delighted to have secured exclusivity for NI and, in a small way, to be playing our part in supporting The Captain Tom Foundation.”

The creation of this special gin came through a meeting between Captain Sir Tom Moore and Otterbeck Distillery co-founder Dougie Lampkin MBE. Tom first met 12-time Motorcycle Trials World Champion Dougie whilst making the ITV film, ‘A Day in the life of Captain Tom.’ They discovered a mutual passion for the Yorkshire Dales and vintage motorbikes. And during a visit to the Distillery the war veteran joked he’d like to have his own gin one day and after many a taste test the gin was born.

Commenting on Captain Sir Tom’s Gin’s arrival in Northern Ireland Nicola Lampkin, Co-Founder of Otterbeck Distillery added: “We are thrilled that the good people of Fermanagh and wider afield will now be able to enjoy this fine gin. We are a small distillery and this is a limited edition product and because of that we did not actively seek to secure distribution in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. When Catherine approached us however, it was clear that she was really enthusiastic about the product and the charity it seeks to support and we are delighted to be working with her. Captain Sir Tom captured the imagination of the world and we’re proud to have distilled a very special gin with a very special man.”

Captain Sir Tom’s Gin is available in store at The Vineyard, Castle Archdale at £35.95 and online at www.castlearchdaless.com

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