Origin Spirits launches a ‘distinctive and rare’ Single Malt Gin

Origin Spirits launches a ‘distinctive and rare’ Single Malt Gin

100% Irish Malted Barley | Five botanicals | Five times pot distilled | 43% Alc.



28th May 2018: Origin Spirits Ireland Ltd, producers of the award winning Kalak Vodka range, has today launched Ornabrak, a distinctive and rare Single Malt Gin. Crafted from 100% Irish malted barley, the single malt spirit is four times copper pot distilled and then distilled a fifth time with five carefully selected botanicals to create a complex and floral single malt gin. The name ‘Ornabrak’ is derived from the Gaelic ‘Eorna Braiche’ meaning Malted Barley.


The product was meticulously crafted following 36 distillation trials over 12 months, and with input from some of the world’s best bartenders. Starting with an initial palate of almost 30 botanicals, this was carefully narrowed down to just five - Juniper Berry, Douglas Fir Needles, Garden Angelica Root, Lemon Verbena Leaf and Lemon Peel - which were selected to best complement the complex and unusual Irish single malt base spirit.


Ornabrak Single Malt Gin is one of a small number of gins internationally which distils its own base spirit. This spirit is made in its entirety from Irish malted barley, sourced principally in the South East of Ireland from contracted growers, before being malted in Cork, and subsequently milled, mashed, fermented and copper pot distilled in Skibbereen, West Cork.


Patrick Shelley, Founder Origin Spirits, said, “Ornabrak is one of very few Single Malt Gin’s being produced around the world and its creation was slightly more complex as we needed the malted barley’s richness and creaminess to shine through, while creating a harmonious balance with the botanicals .  


Many gin brands will argue that as 75% of your G&T is tonic, ensure you only use the best. We agree but like to highlight that if 95% of your gin is made from base spirit, ensure the latter is also the best!  For us, provenance is key as international consumers are becoming increasingly discerning, particularly with respect to the authenticity and transparency of the brands they consume with more demand for ‘farm to bottle’ products.’



The Ornabrak bottle was inspired by vintage apothecary and perfume bottles, and the label by Victorian botanical illustrations. Each botanical was custom illustrated for Ornabrak by one of Ireland’s leading botanical artists, Lynn Stringer. Lynn is a former gold medal winner at Bloom, has exhibited her works at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Botanical Art show in London and has provided illustrations to the acclaimed Curtis’s Botanical Magazine. Lynn is currently chair of the Irish Society of Botanical Artists


About Origin Spirits
Origin Spirits was founded by Patrick Shelley in 2013 and its has since launched Kalak Single Malt Vodka and Kalak Peat Cask Single Malt Vodka. Ornabrak is the first gin produced by the company. Patrick previously worked in the international luxury goods market, holding senior positions with LVMH (Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton) in France, UK, Germany, Austria, South East Asia, and Russia where he had the opportunity to represent some of the world’s top wine & spirits brands, such as Hennessy, Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon, Veuve Clicquot, Ruinart, Krug, Glenmorangie, Ardbeg and Belvedere.


To Buy

Ornabrak Single Malt Gin (43% alc.) will be available in independent off licences throughout Ireland from 28th May. RSP: ca. 49€.



Tasting Notes

·      Nose: Rich and creamy nose with underlying juniper, malt, pine, subtle spice and citrus.

·      Palate: Smooth and complex flavours unfolding with juniper, vanilla, pink peppercorn, and earthy citrus.

·      Finish: Long and persistent

Serving Suggestions

·      Neat:  As a single malt gin, Ornabrak can be enjoyed neat in a tumbler glass

·      Gin & Tonic:  Ornabrak pairs perfectly with Poacher Classic tonic.

·      Cocktail: The Single Malt Vesper
An Irish take on the Classic Vesper Martini

40ml Ornabrak Single Malt Gin,

10ml Kalak Single Malt Vodka,

5ml Lillet Blanc

Stir with ice and garnish with a lemon peel swirl.

Gemma Smyth