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From “Gunpowder” to “Sausage Tree” – The Shed Distillery Launches Super-Premium New Vodka Brand


On Sunday 18th March, From “Gunpowder” to “Sausage Tree” – The Shed Distillery launches super-premium new vodka brandSausage Tree Pure Irish Vodka was launched at the world's number 1 international Trade Fair for Wine & Spirits - Prowein in Düsseldorf, Germany.

This is the second big brand from The Shed Distillery of PJ Rigney following on from the success of the now iconic Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin, launched just under two years ago.

And the Curious Mind of PJ Rigney has been busy ever since…

This time his quest to create Nature's Purest Tasting Vodka has led him to wildest Africa to discover the Kigelia africana or “Sausage Tree”.

Known for its curative & purifying powers, just like the wild Irish nettle in the Drumshanbo woodlands, PJ brought the two together back in The Shed Distillery in Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim and slow-distilled them by hand with Irish grain.

And so, Sausage Tree Pure Irish Vodka was born.

Every bottle of Sausage Tree Pure Irish Vodka will be slow distilled by hand, carefully hand-bottled, sealed and labelled at The Shed Distillery of PJ Rigney in Drumshanbo Co. Leitrim.

The bottle invites consumers on an unforgettable journey of discovery – the unique deep red glass bears curious markings and the impactful label proclaims that ‘Nature has no place for the weak’.

Like with Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin, the super-premium vodka will be distributed in Ireland by Dalcassian Wines & Spirits (which PJ co-owns with Managing Director John Dillon).

The retail price will reflect the superior quality of this super premium pure Irish vodka and the unique 43% strength at between €44 & €49 in the Irish market.

The launch of Sausage Tree Pure Irish Vodka spells further good news for Ireland’s Northwest with the announcement that together with the opening of The Shed’s new Visitor Experience next year – an additional 22 jobs will be created at the Drumshanbo distillery.

From just 2 employees when the Shed first opened in December 2014 – there are now 18 full-time employees (many were previously long-term unemployed, some for as long as 8 years). The new jobs will bring the total number of employees to at least 40 in 2019.

The Shed Distillery of PJ Rigney & Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin:

Founded in 2014 The Shed Distillery of PJ Rigney is the first distillery in Connacht for 101 years. The first brand from The Shed Distillery is Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin which was launched to market in April 2016. Slow-distilled by hand with oriental botanicals and gunpowder tea, the super-premium gin took athe world by storm & is already widely available in the United States, the UK, Russia, Israel, Australia, Benelux, France & across leading markets in Europe.

The prestige of the brand was celebrated in Washington last week when it was chosen to feature at The Ambassador's Patrick's Day reception, served to 600 dignitaries and special guests including Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

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