Rademon Estate Distillery & Shortcross Gin

Rademon Estate is known for producing Northern Ireland’s first award winning craft gin - Shortcross Gin

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Rademon Estate Distillery

Copper Still, Rademon Estate Shortcross Gin, Northern Ireland, Irish Food, Good Food Ireland

A Taste of Rademon Estate...

Rademon Estate Distillery are proud to be Northern Ireland’s First Award Winning Craft Distillery. Their small batch philosophy ensures that every aspect of their spirits meets their exacting vision. Everything is crafted and perfected by hand. Their first spirit, Shortcross Gin, was released in April 2014 and is inspired by its surroundings of lush gardens and forest fauna. Shortcross was created to be a classical Gin with a unique twist; best described as floral meadows, wild berries and grassy notes. It is highly aromatic with an exceptionally long and smooth finish.

Following on from the success of Shortcross Gin, the first casks of their Irish Whiskey were laid down at Rademon Estate Distillery in 2015. Their whiskies are double distilled on bespoke copper pot still’s to create a fuller bodied spirit.  The distillery is also focusing on the innovative use of cereals and cask selection to create new flavour profiles.  Their first Single Malt Irish Whiskey will come of age in late 2018

Rademon Estate Distillery welcome guests from all over the world to explore their unique working distillery and visitors centre.

Experience Tour & Tasting

Distiller Dave Rademon Estate Distillery

Pre-booked Tour and Tasting Experiences

Rademon Estate Distillery offer exclusive pre-booked tour and tasting experiences. These will unlock some of the secrets and skills that go into creating their single malt whiskey and Shortcross Gin. After the tour, discover the Visitors Centre and fully licenced bar. Enjoy a guided tasting and browse the Distillery Shop. Head Distiller, David Boyd-Armstrong, will talk you through the fascinating process; from how they harvest local botanicals, draw fresh water from the distillery well, distil on a bespoke copper pot still and bottle and label the finished product on site.

After the tour, discover the Visitors Centre and fully licenced bar. Enjoy a guided tasting and browse the Distillery Shop.

Pre-booked tours will be held on the following basis:

  • Tuesday – Friday
  • 3 Tours per day – 1.5 hrs per tour
  • Experience vouchers - £20.00 per person (includes a tour and taste and a £5.00 voucher redeemable at the Distillery Shop)
  • Experience vouchers must be pre-paid and are non-refundable up to 72 hours prior to your arrival (min nos. of 15 people for a private tour)
  • Due to this being a working distillery, visitors must wear suitable footwear (no open toes or stiletto heels)
  • Visitors must be 18 or over
  • T&C’s Apply

Pre-booked tours must be booked directly with Rademon Estate Distillery.

Corporate & Private Events

Shortcross Gin Corporate and Private Events

Bespoke Events For All Group Sizes

Set in over 500 acres and 30 minutes from Belfast City Centre, Rademon Estate Distillery is a stunning setting for Corporate and Private Events. With fully licenced, private indoor and outdoor spaces, the Estate offers a wealth of bespoke events for all group sizes. Bespoke packages can be tailored as follows:

Bespoke Packages

  1. Cocktail and Canape Receptions
  2. Private Parties/Dining
  3. Cocktail Masterclasses
    with Brand Ambassador
  4. BBQs on the Terrace


Reception – 150 guests
Private Dining 15 – 80 guests
Meetings: Theatre Style – 120 guests
Cabaret Style – 60 guests


Exclusive Use

Free wifi and parking
AV with PA and Sound System
Fully Licenced Bar
Catering – menus for all occasions on request


Our Review of Rademon Estate Distillery & Shortcross Gin

The Rademon Estate in Crossgar, County Down, comes with a rich history, as one of Ireland's oldest estates with a large house originally built in 1604. Surrounding this family home are beautiful gardens in a naturally sloping terrain with lake and semi walled garden. An obelisk you can see in the distance. It was built in 1864 as a monument to one of the estate’s previous owners, William Sharman Crawford. 

A Chartist, he was involved in the British working-class movement for political reform in the 1800’s. Sharman Crawford was known for his radical views and full support with Daniel O’Connell for Catholic Emancipation and Tenants Rights. 

The estate is now known for producing Northern Ireland’s first award winning craft gin. If you’re into your G&T’s, you’ve probably already heard of it, if not already tried, Rademon Estate Shortcross Gin. This distillery was launched in 2012 by Fiona and David Boyd-Armstrong. The name Shortcross is derived from Crossgar, the area where the estate lies. ‘Gar’ is an old Irish word for ‘short’ (Insert gaelic translation piece)

'Shortcross Gin has been ‘a true love affair for both of us.’ says David. The pair set out to rekindle a distilling tradition dating back centuries in Ireland. David is the Master Distiller at the helm. Quite a fitting role for a man whose childhood was spent living between two former Belfast distilleries at Avoniel and Connswater, in the city that produced 40% of all the whiskey drunk on the British Isles in the early 1900’s. 

Shortcross Gin is distilled on a 4501 bespoke copper pot stil, slowly distilled then hand bottled, dipped in wax and hand-signed. The Boyd-Armstrong's remember that, in the first days of production, they didn't even have a box to deliver their first bottles of Shortcross Gin to customers. 

Shortcross Gin is inspired by the rich lush grounds of the Rademon Estate. Wild clover, elderflowers and elderberries are foraged on the estate, to give aromatic and floral notes, apple crispness and sweet juicy hints. The recipe for Shortcross is a well-kept secret, but be assured all the typical botanicals like Juniper, Coriander, Orange and Cassia are alive in every sip. The final, and perhaps most important ingredient, is pure fresh spring water drawn from the historic well at Rademon Estate. Shortcross Gin is a truly artisan crafted product that reflects its place of production. It makes the perfect classic G&T, served with ice and lemon and topped up with the best quality tonic water. Or use it as a base for the many Gin cocktails now so popular. If you want to taste the purity, try a small shot neat on or off the rocks. Savour the complexities of a product made with care, which harks back to history and captures the tastes of its origins completely. 

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