Spirits

  • Top Six Flavoured Gins To Buy Right Now

    May 16, 2018

     

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    Gordon's Pink Gin, 37.5%

    Made with natural flavourings & inspired by Gordon's original 1880 pink gin recipe - Gordon's premium pink distilled gin balances the refreshing taste of Gordon's with the sweetness of raspberries and strawberries and a tang of redcurrant. One of our most popular products - right now you can get this Gin on sale. And if that’s not enough for this week only anyone who orders get a beautiful Gordon’s gin Copa glass (pictured) absolutely free.

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    Wexford Irish Strawberry Gin, 40%

    The county of Wexford is located on the lower side of Ireland’s east coast, about a two hour drive away from Dublin. The region is known for their succulent strawberries come summertime and they sure do put them to good use - by infusing them into a bottle of delicious gin. The strawberries are grown just outside of Enniscorthy (of Brooklyn fame) and soaked in the gin to give it its delectable pink hue.

     

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    Whitley Neill Quince, 43%

    While some gins are subtle, others have flavours that scream “notice me”. Made using real quince fruit juice, this gin is both sweet and strong. Ripe apple notes work well with the flavour of this gin which is delicious when drank neat and also with a mixer. Though you can mix with tonic or soda, the makers of Whitley Neill suggest a ‘Persian Cooler’ with orange juice and red wine. A gin you are not likely to forget in a hurry.

     

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    Pinksters Raspberry Gin, 37.5%

    A kitchen table, a frustrated accountant and a bottle of gin. We love a product with humble beginnings and the Pinksters story is just that. It all came about when founder Stephen Marsh realized wine and beer no longer agreed with him. Stephen turned his attention to spirits and started experimenting at home, mashing assorted fruits with different spirit strengths. His intention was not to create a pink gin, it's just that after working his way through an entire fruit bowl, raspberry delivered the best flavour. As well as tasting great, this is the kind of gin we would purchase solely for the Instagram pics as it looks beautiful too.

     

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    Bathtub Gin, 43.3%

    Bathtub gin is made using a traditional method called cold compounding. The striking flavour is made from hints of coriander, cardamom, juniper, cassia, orange peel and clove. This award-winning gin is one to add to your must-try list. Excellent with dry tonic and a dash of elderflower.

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    Boe Violet Gin, 41.5%

    Boe Gin is an award winning Gin infused with violets to create Boe Violet Gin. The addition of violets creates a stylish gin with a light, delicate taste and beautiful colour and aroma. Best enjoyed with a light tonic this eye-catching gin is flying off our shelves since we started stocking it in recent weeks.

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  • PEARSE THE ORIGINAL – Taster thoughts by Lee Wilson

    October 26, 2017

    PEARSE THE ORIGINAL – Molloys Liquor Stores

    Taster thoughts by Lee Wilson

     

    Having just opened their doors this past August, the Pearse distillery is Dublin's newest edition to the Irish Whiskey market. The first of four releases, The Original comes with a green label which helps showcase the copper bronze colour of this classic looking bottle.

     
    It must be mentioned off the top, it is rare to find an Irish Whiskey that offers the lover of peaty Scotch an acceptable alternative. PEARSE THE ORIGINAL happily takes its place in the market where an opportunity certainly lies to fill in a void. On the nose, you will immediately recognize this pleasant peaty aroma straight away. Taking in a deeper second breath, you will pick up an added aroma of caramel as the whiskey gets closer to your tongue. The result when in your mouth reveals a flavourful burst with very little burn as it settles on your tongue. Once tasted, the wash is smoother than most, allowing that peatiness you originally sensed on the nose reappearing after the initial swallow.

     

     

     

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    An agreeably mild, polished whiskey that will satisfy the palate of any aficionado of peaty tasting whiskey. At a very reasonable 42.95 (Euro) and a perfectly balanced 42% ABV, this is a must Whiskey to accompany the others in your collection!
    This is a definite recommend and alternative for anybody looking for a quality Irish Whiskey that stands up to any top Islay Scotch.

     

     

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  • 6 Great Father's Day Gifts

    June 8, 2017

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    It’s time to mark your calendars for Father’s Day. Falling on the 18th of June this year, it will be here before you know it. It is not exactly panic time at the moment, as you still have a little time to get him the perfect gift.

    Ordering the Perfect Gift

    Save yourself from all the hustle and bustle of the high street by ordering your gift online from the award winning Molloys website. There is the fantastic option of having the gift delivered straight to your father with an attached gift message of your choosing (this option is at the checkout stage). This option is particularly popular with people sending home father’s day gifts from abroad.

    One of the best things about buying whiskey, wine or beer as a gift, is that you know the likelihood of the gift being used is very high. Rather than aftershave, clothes or a Groupon voucher, get them a nice bottle of whiskey, or something quirky like a beer making kit! To read about the top 5 Irish whiskies under €100, click here.

    Below are a selection of gifts that he will be sure to love. If nothing below tickles you’re fancy we have hundreds of more products available on our website which you can check out here.

    6 Great Gifts 

     

    Beer Making Kit: Everyday IPA

     

    Brewing your own beer at home has become very popular. Its great fun and a great educational experience for any beer lover. This Everyday IPA has a lovely bitterness from Columbus hops and its fragrant citrus aroma from super aromatic hops. If that is not your fathers cup of tea, we also have different variations of the beer making kit; including  an Oatmeal Stout, a Double IPA.  a Black IPA and more.

    Beer Making Kit: Everyday IPA

    Irish American 8 Pack

     

    Another great gift idea for any beer nut. You get to taste some of the best craft beers from America and Ireland. They include beers from some of the best breweries, including Sierra Nevada, Founders, Brooklyn, Lagunitas and Trouble Brewing.

    Irish American 8 pk 4x50cl / 4x35cl btl

    Glenfiddich 12 Year Old

     

    Dating all the way back to 1887, this Scotch has won numerous awards in its respective category, Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Aged in fine American oak casks and European oak Sherry casks, giving it a light, sweetly oaked flavour. Creamy and smooth with a very mellow finish. 

     

    Glenfiddich 12YR Old 700ml

    Redbreast 15 Year Old:

     

    A really incredible single pot still whiskey. A little pricier than the 12 year old but worth every cent. It's a lot richer and stronger than the 12 year old. Really balanced and well rounded with mellow fruit, combined with spice and toasted wood.

    Redbreast 15 year old 70cl

    Bordeaux Classic in Wood

     

    One of our best selling wine gift packs. it includes two incredible wines from the Bordeaux region in France. These wines have been selected by wine experts and have received rave reviews from the press; making this a must buy. 

    Bordeaux Classic in Wood

    Bordeaux Trio

     

    Another option from one of the best wine regions in the world, is this lovely trio of Bordeaux wines. These wines have been chosen by wine experts, meaning that they are of a very high standard. They come in a lovely wooden presentation box. 

    Bordeaux Trio

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  • Top 5 Scotch Whiskies under €100

    April 21, 2017

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    We have already done 5 Irish whiskeys under €100, now it’s time to have a look at the best Scotch whiskies under €100.

    In all honesty, as an Irishman, I have to compliment and admire the Scottish for their whisky production. It does come down to a matter of taste and preference, in deciding who’s better; but they do have a phenomenal range of high quality whiskies. Scotch also has a fantastic complexity to it, with great bold flavours.

    Variations

    They also have a number of variations, including single malt, single grain, blended Scotch etc.

    • Single Malt Scotch is an aged whisky, made by one distillery. It is made using malted barley and water.
    • Single Grain begins with malted barley and water, then later, whole grains or cereals are added.
    • Then blended Scotch is made from one or more single malt scotch whiskies, which is then blended together with a single grain Scotch.

     

    Criteria

    Like Irish whiskey, Scotch whisky has certain criteria’s that need to be met to consider it a Scotch whisky. Including geographical location, ingredients and alcohol volume (ABV). They also have a number of very famous and prominent regions within the country that produce world famous and premium quality whisky.

     

    Regions

    The Highlands are well known for their whisky production. They have some luxurious brands, including Dalmore, Glenmorangie and Aberfeldy. The lowlands tend to produce lighter whisky, such as Glenkinchie. Then Speyside is probably the producer of the best quality whisky, they produce Macallan, Cardhu, Glenfiddich and Glenfarclas.

    So let’s get to it. The top 5 Scotch whiskies in no particular order.

    Chivas Regal 12 Year Old

    Chivas Regal 12YR Old 700ml

    Chivas Regal is steeped in History, it is the oldest operating distillery in the Highlands region. This blended Scotch is aged for 12 years; the end result being a very drinkable tasty blend. At just €42.49, you really can't go wrong.

    Haig Dimple

    Haig Dimple Scotch Whiskey 70cl

    Haig Dimple is a whisky that dates all the way back to 1824. It was at one stage, one of the most popular whiskies in the world. With an age statement of 15 years, this Scotch is warm and smokey with a light sweetness. They used old bourbon oak casks during production, which is quite obvious on the finish, with a nice oaky after tone. Great value at €56.00.

    Glenfiddich 12 Year Old

    Glenfiddich 12YR Old 700ml

    Dating all the way back to 1887, this Scotch has won numerous awards in its respective category, Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Aged in fine American oak casks and European oak Sherry casks, giving it a light, sweetly oaked flavour. Creamy and smooth with a very mellow finish. At €53.00, I would consider this a bargain.

    Glenmorangie 10 Year Old

    Glenmorangie 10YR Old 700ml

    A truly beautiful 10 year old single malt. Really well balanced between sweetness and complexity. Nicely matured with a mellow creamy element. Lovely and fruity on the palate, right through to the finish. Only €51.00.

    Ardbeg 10 Year Old

    Ardbeg 10YR Old 700ml

    A really tremendous whisky from Ardbeg. It's a complex single malt, with a nice peat smokiness. Very well balanced with a nice sweetness. For such a prestigious award winning whisky, it's a steal at €65.80.

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  • Why Tequila Will Be The Drink of 2017

    January 19, 2017

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    Tequila looks set to follow in the footsteps of Gin and see a colossal growth spurt in 2017. If you haven’t noticed already, Gin has become an incredibly trendy drink to have in a bar or at home. The range of gin has increased tenfold due to craft distillers and the use of it in numerous cocktails.

     

    Tequila looks set to be a very trendy drink in 2017. Previous connotations that Tequila is just a shot to be knocked back and to get legless is passing. It is now becoming a drink that is to be tasted like a fine Bordeaux wine. The quality of Tequila has been improving steadily over the last few decades, and this has not gone unnoticed by the drinks industry juggernaut, Diageo. They have acquired the premium Don Julio brand, who have brought us Jose Cuervo, one of the most popular tequilas in the world. Other powerhouses such as Pernod Ricard have invested heavily in premium tequilas.

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    Most people’s experience with tequila would have been after having 8 pints, and in preparation to fuel hours of dancing, having a few shots of tequila, whilst grimacing. With that being said you should definitely give tequila another go. Tequila has incredible flavour and depth. You just have to know which one to buy and a little about tequila in general.

     

    Tequila is made from the agave plant and 100% agave is optimal. With premium tequila, you can sip it like a fine cognac; it has been likened to having the in-depth flavours of a fine whiskey and the smoothness of a high end vodka. With the expected growth of Tequila in 2017, expect to see tequila used in more and more cocktails.

    You can buy premium Tequila at the award winning Molloys.ie

    Patron Silver Tequila

    Patrón Silver tequila is the perfect ultra-premium white spirit. Using only the finest 100 percent Weber blue agave, it is handmade in small batches to be smooth, soft and easily mixable.

    El Jimador Tequila Blanco 70cl

    El Jimador Tequila Blanco has a smooth and distinct agave taste with hints of citrusy sweetness. Clean and warm finish with soft, citrusy after-tones.

    Sauza Silver Tequila 700ml

    Sauza is crystal clear. Approachable aromas of jasmine and lime, followed by fresh agave and green apple aromas. Warm with a moderate bite and a hint of grapefruit with a medium bodied sweet finish with an almond like astringency.

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  • Whiskey for all occasions

    December 3, 2015

    Whiskey recommendations for all occasions, from Molloys Liquor Stores.

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  • Summer cocktails

    July 9, 2015


    Cocktails as we know them date back to the 17th century in India, when tea, citrus and spices were mixed to create a ‘punch.’  We can thank the Americans, particularly New Yorkers & Bostonians, in the early 1800s, for adding a degree of sophistication – creating toddies, flips, slings, juleps.

    It was designed as a ‘cock-our-tail-up’ – a morning reviver to settle the stomach, popular among the horse-y set. As American bars became popular in Europe’s big cities, so the cocktail culture spread. Dublin’s Jury’s Hotel was advertising its “large American bar” in 1900. Ice was inexpensive in the US at the time, but considered a luxury in Europe.

    The term mixologist was crated initially as a joke in 1856, but is now widely used to describe a cocktail-mixing specialist bartender.

    Early cocktails mixed included the Manhattan (created for a New York banquet in 1874), the Martini in the early 1900s (reportedly for a traveller heading to Martinez, near San Francisco).

    Vodka and vodka-based cocktails took the US by storm in the 1920s and 1930s – the Moscow Mule, Bloody Mary, Screwdrive and Vodka martini came of age. Ian Fleming made James Bond a vodka-drinker – very sophisticated at the time.

    In the 1980s cocktails became slightly old-hat. And then came Sex & The City in the late 1990s. Carrie Bradshaw’s favourite tipple, the Cosmopolitan, recruited a new generation of cocktail-drinkers.

    This brings us up to now, a time when cocktails and summer go hand in hand! 

    Channel a continental summer vibe with summer drinks like Aperol Spritz – 3 parts Prosecco, 2 parts Aperol and 1 part soda. Mix gently in a tumbler or large wine glass and top off with plenty of ice and a wedge of vitamin-rich orange.   (Can you believe, Aperol is the official global spirits partner of Man Utd….a new way to celebrate United, indeed!).   Save €5 on Aperol in Molloys - it's now €15.

    Or kick back and watch Andy Murray sweat it out at Wimbledon, with a glass of Pimm’s in your hand. (Strawberries optional)…. Or be an Alpha Male and sip your Pimms at home, while watching Dublin hockey Westmeath on July 12th at Croker!

    Pimms: 1 part Pimm’s No. 1, 3 parts lemonade, 1 sprig mint, 1 slice each of cucumber & orange. Mix with plenty of ice in a tumbler.

     Classic cocktails stand the test of time, like Cuba Libre, which was created in the 1890s by an American GI stationed in Cuba, which was struggling for independence.

    Cuba Libre: parts fresh lime, 2 parts rum, topped up with ice & Coke and a thick slice of lemon.

     Many Dublin mixologists are tired of making Mojitos, but they always hit the spot!

    Mojito: 1 part lime, 2 parts golden rum, 1 dash sugar syrup, topped up with soda water and sprig of mint (crush the mint to release the flavours).

    Check out our great value on spirits in Molloys, in July 2015:

    Smirnoff 1 litre - reduced to €28

    Bacardi only €21.99, save over €3.

    Jack Daniels €25.99, save €3.76

    Sambucca Vaccari only €24, save €5.99

     

     

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  • Enjoy St. Patricks Day with some great Irish Craft Beers and Whiskey from Molloys!

    March 1, 2015

    The Irish Craft Beer Industry has exploded in recent years, with an estimated 40 breweries operating in Ireland now with up to 20 more in the planning stage. At Molloys we are committed to stocking Irish Craft beers and at the last count we have over 80 beers on our shelves. Here are just a few of our favourites

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  • Captain Morgan's

    February 11, 2010

    As you're all well aware the popularity of Capt Morgans has exploded in recent years and sales have increased over 200% in Ireland in the last year alone.
    What's even better is that the suppliers of Capt Morgan's in Ireland, Diageo,
    have decided to drop the price by over €4. So you can now buy a 70cl bottle
    for only €21.99. Hat's off to Diageo as it's rare these days for a company to drop the price of anything!!!!!!

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