Rebel City Distillery, the first new distillery in Cork city in almost fifty years, has announced the launch its first release, Maharani Gin.

Situated in the heart of Cork’s historic Docklands, Rebel City Distillery was founded by Robert Barrett in 2020 and will produce a range of premium spirits which draw inspiration from around the world. The new distillery is breathing new life into a former Ford factory building, where it crafts, distils and bottles a range of spirits on-site. The company also plans to open a visitor centre later in the year, offering tours, tastings and a gin school experience.

The newly released Maharani Gin celebrates a fusion of Cork and Keralan cultures, from where Robert and his wife Bhagya respectively come from. Maharani Gin is an homage to Keralan women who are known for their strength and importance in society. Keralan culture is traditionally matriarchal, and the word ‘Maharani’, meaning Queen, is a tribute to revolutionary women everywhere.

Maharani Gin is zested with pomelo fruit, and spiced with cassia and nutmeg-mace, all sourced from a women’s organic farming co-operative in Bhagya’s home state of Kerala, India.

Robert Barrett, Head Distiller and Co-Founder of Rebel City Distillery, said: “We are really excited to finally introduce Maharani Gin to the world! Our plans for a launch event in our new distillery and an initial roll-out in bars around the country had to be significantly adjusted over the last few months in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, we are thrilled that our product is now available to buy online and in select off-trade and retailers around the country so that consumers can finally get to enjoy this new product which we are immensely proud of.”

Maharani Gin is currently available to buy from IrishMalts.com, the Celtic Whiskey Shop and select retailers around Ireland (RRP: €49).

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