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Ballyvolane House is home to Ballyvolane Spirits where Bertha's Revenge Small Batch Irish Milk Gin is created.

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Ballyvolane House

Ballyvolane House is well known as a country house accommodation for discreet and tranquil breaks away. But these days, its main business is providing the weddings of dreams, for couples who want a magical day with a difference during the season for outdoor weddings. Bridal parties take over the house and on site 'glamping' facilities are pitched for the special day. Bride and Groom are encouraged during the organisation of the wedding to make their own creative input into the day - from themes and colours for decorations, to music, to details in the wedding service itself. As Justin says, 'barefoot or ballgown’, we are happy to accommodate all kinds of weddings'.

Bertha's Revenge

Berthas Revenge Gin Ballyvolane Spirits

Bertha's Revenge Small Batch Irish Milk Gin

Ballyvolane is the first distillery in Ireland to produce small batch Irish milk gin from whey alcohol. Which is very fitting, since the word Ballyvolane translates as ‘place of the springing heifers’! This high quality pure whey spirit is then distilled with no less than 18 locally grown and foraged botanicals to infuse flavour, making this gin a truly local speciality from one of Ireland’s finest country houses. Discover More About Ballyvolane Spirits In Our Review Below.

Our Review of Ballyvolane Spirits

Ballyvolane House is home to Ballyvolane Spirits where Bertha's Revenge Small Batch Irish Milk Gin is created.

Bertha was a very beautiful Droimeann cow from Sneem in Co. Kerry. She died in 1993 aged 48, the mother of 39 calves in those years. The spirit of Bertha now lives on at Ballyvolane House, in the form of Bertha’s Revenge Small Batch Irish Milk Gin.

Justin Green of Ballyvolane House in Fermoy, Co. Cork, worked with old school friend Antony Jackson to perfect the recipe for Bertha’s Revenge for several months, before its launch in December 2015. This special gin is made from whey, a by product of cheesemaking. Specially developed yeasts and sugar are added to the whey to convert the milk sugars to alcohol. 

This produces a high quality pure whey spirit, which is then distilled with no less than 18 locally grown and foraged botanicals to infuse flavour, making this gin a truly local speciality from one of Ireland’s finest country houses. Ballyvolane is the first distillery in Ireland to produce small batch Irish milk gin from whey alcohol. Which is very fitting, since the word Ballyvolane translates as ‘place of the springing heifers’! 

The beautiful label depicting Bertha the cow, which adorns every bottle of gin, was designed by Rod Springett. Ballyvolane House has always had a field to fork philosophy for its dining offering, now joined by the house’s ‘grass to glass’ ethos reflected in this fantastic gin.

Bertha is distilled in small batches in the distillery in the farmyard at Ballyvolane.

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