Social Diary: The Launch of Chinnery Dublin Dry Gin at the Irish Architectural Archive

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Chinnery Spirits proudly unveiled Chinnery Dublin Dry Gin with Osmanthus Flower and Oolong Tea at a special launch event, with a distinctly Asian flair, in the Irish Architectural Archive on Dublin’s Merrion Square. With the venue echoing the classic Georgian façade of the Chinnery Gin label, inside good spirits were the order of the evening as the many facets of the Chinnery Gin story were brought to life.

At a celebration filled with music, steeped in tales of art and travel and set against a backdrop of fragrant gin botanicals, guests were treated to bespoke Chinnery Gin cocktails created for the event and served in Chinese tea cups. The selection of drinks including Yum Cha, The Last Word and Chinnery Gimlet all served as appropriate toasts to the artist George Chinnery, whose life and travels to China inspire the gin and give it its name.

Tara Stewart and Ashley Mahon pictured at the launch of Chinnery Dublin Dry Gin

In their welcome, David Havelin and Marie Byrne of Chinnery Spirits gave insight into the rich and colourful Chinnery Gin story to celebrate the launch of their own masterpiece. Guests were challenged to master the ancient Chinese puzzle, the Tangram, created in a giant format to mark the occasion, while delicious fare complemented the Chinnery Gin cocktails. Sweet orange pearl cured smoked salmon blinis, Cantonese duck pancakes with hoi sin and coriander-infused fillet steak were served alongside oolong tea cones with cheese and pepper mousse and Chinnery Gin-infused tiramisu bites.

Celebrating at the launch were Marc Amand, Leah Kilcullen, Anouska Proetta Brandon and DJ Tara Stewart.