Dà Mhìle (pronounced da-vee-lay) translates as ‘2000’. To me, however, it means ‘impressive distillery’.
I’ve only tried one of this Welsh distillery’s products, Seaweed Gin (42% ABV), but the quality in that is enough to show that they possess some very fine knowledge and gin-making skills.
The Dà Mhìle website shows that they make a wide variety of spirits & liquers. What I’ve been sent to try out is the Dà Mhìle Seaweed Gin. From the website : “Launched on 1st of March 2014 (St David’s Day) this seaweed gin is made with a cut-down, hand selected variant of botanicals added to our small batch gin. Designed to complement seafood it is infused with handpicked seaweed from the Celtic coast for three weeks, giving it a lovely light green hue before being triple filtered and bottled.”
The seaweed makes a world of difference to this gin. It infuses the spirit with the aroma and tastes of the salty sea, much like Old Pulteney whisky does. There’s even a hint of smokiness in there.
It still has the floral & perfume aroma that you’d expect of gin, but much more besides. It’s unusual, but has made a new admirer here. I’m more of a whisky fan, normally, but this has completely won me (and my father-in-law, another whisky lover) over.
There’s a slight green hue to the drink which adds to the unique aspect of the drink. Whether you’re drinking it with just ice, with tonic or lemonade, or in a cocktail, this would be a fantastic addition to any cocktail cabinet. This makes me very optimistic about any other products that the Dà Mhìle distillery produce!