Blackwater Wexford Strawberry Gin begins life as their No. 5 Gin, which is a traditional London dry style featuring the heavy juniper flavors that are iconic to the Martini enthusiast and gin purists in general. They add a 13th botanical, strawberry, and then macerate (soak) more strawberries in the spirit following. This gives the gin a light, rose color and flavor. We qualify it as a flavored gin for this reason, though the berry could be considered a botanical.
Blackwater Distillery was founded in 2015 by Peter Mulryan in the West Waterford area of Ireland, which they regard as premium growing grounds for grain and dedicate their spirits to that terroir. It is named for the Blackwater river, which is said to be famous for both salmon fishing and trade.