Rademon Estate is currently made up of over 500 acres of land and dates to AD565 with the original estate house dating back to 1667. The estate is steeped in history from Rademon Houses itself through to the original courtyard, cottages, workers bell and the imposing obelisk in honour of the 19th Century Estate Manager, William Sharman-Crawford.
Just over 400 years later our Distillery has sparked its own history within Rademon Estate, with the first foundations laid in the summer of 2013. Since then we have grown and expanded with the extension of our stunning glass still house which houses our beautiful copper stills, and the addition of our state of the art Visitor Centre.
Why not join us on one of our Distillery tours to find out more about Rademon Estate and its heritage and raise a glass to Northern Ireland’s first craft distillery.
Before we dive into explaining how we nurture, forage and distil our award-winning gin, we should probably start at the beginning of our journey, when owning our very own distillery was a mere visionary dream.
The dream was GIN, we wanted to be the first distillery producing hand-crafted super premium spirits in Northern Ireland. For us, our dream started with gin, a spirit we had always been enthusiastic and passionate about.
In 2011 we married and started really thinking about the distilling business and how we could make our dream a reality.
We did our research and from January 2012 we visited distilleries across the UK, Ireland, Europe, America and Asia immersing ourselves in the drinks industry and learning that little bit more as we travelled.
In March 2012 we enrolled in the Institute of Brewing & Distilling’s, Fundamentals of Distilling course which provided us with the basis of knowledge that we would need to create our first ever spirit and lay foundations for Rademon Estate Distillery.
We ordered our first still in January, arriving in early summer ready to be installed as the centre piece of our distillery. Crafted by the world renowned coppersmiths of Christian Carl in Germany, our still combined the best of old and new technology with a 450L Copper Pot Still and two, seven plate enrichment columns.
With our Still installed we began our botanical odyssey to craft a gin of true terroir with a goal of capturing the essence of Rademon Estate in each and every bottle of our gin.
"The joy and excitement of seeing the first drop of spirit is something that will live long in our memories"
Finally as we hand bottled and wax sealed the first bottles of Shortcross Gin we officially launched in April 2014. Since then we have grown modestly, supported by our friends, family and local community, our aim continuously remaining the same; to stay focused on making something that reminds us of our home at Rademon Estate and redefining what an Irish gin could be.
Through all the sleepless nights, looking back, if we didn’t live, eat and breathe our craft, Shortcross would not be the brand or gin it is today. It has become an integral part of our relationship; a true love affair. We are the Gin to each other’s Tonic, and Shortcross is the garnish which completes the drink that is our life.