If you are after the perfect Christmas gift with a Donegal twist then your search may just have ended.
The festive season is the perfect time for indulging and even over-indulging!
And what better way to accompany fine food than with a fine liqueur.
Donegal may not be renowned for its cream liqueurs but Raphoe man Johnny Harte is in the process of changing all that.
Johnny is the co-creator of Five Farms Irish Cream.
Three years after its creation, Five Farms Irish Cream is still hitting a sweet spot with liqueur lovers.
The smooth and luxurious drink, which boasts a 10% whiskey content, is tipped to feature as a festive pour in many homes from Bundoran to Buncrana and in between this season.
In fact, it is now the fastest-growing new Irish drinks brand in the USA with a year-on-year growth of 87% and ‘Harrods of London’ even recently secured the pouring rights for its UK launch.
Entirely sourced and produced in County Cork, Five Farms is the first genuine ‘Farm to Table’ Irish cream liqueur.
Crafted from single batches of fresh cream sourced in five family-run farms in Cork blended with premium tripled-distilled Irish Whiskey, 10 times more whiskey than other brands in its category.
The multi-award winning Five Farms has this year picked up an array of industry awards from across the globe. This includes:
• World’s Best Irish Cream after winning the Ultimate Spirits Challenge, the premier global spirits and wine competition
• Double Gold Medal at the coveted International Spirits Challenge 2020 in London. Positioned higher than a Gold, the new Double Gold Award is a special showcase for brands who saw exceptional success in the blind tasting assessment this year. Five Farms also won the Design & Packaging Awards New Brand Launch at the International Spirits Challenge 2020
• Winner of the 2020 Rising Star Growth Brand Award from the prestigious Beverage Information Group in the USA
• Gold Medal for ‘Ireland’s Best Liqueur’ at the 2020 Blas na hEireann (The Irish Food Awards)
Johnny said he can see Five Farms Cream Liqueur becoming a must-have in drinks cabinets in Irish households going forward – especially at Christmas.
“To me, Five Farms was always something special to have at the end of an occasion. I visualise families or friends around a table at Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day or an anniversary, where there is a ritual to opening the swing-top bottle and talking about the story of it. The opening of Five Farms is our Irish version of popping a champagne cork.”
The milk-shaped bottle is a nod to the milk containers of the past and a clear indicator of the dairy heritage behind the drink.
Johnny hopes that Five Farms will become part of Donegal’s heritage at Christmas going forward.
Even the experts are raving about the drink, said Johnny.
He adds “It’s alright for us to say we set out to make the best, but we are recognised by the trade as the best. We got the highest score ever for an Irish cream in the Oscars of drinks – The Chairmans’ Trophy – with a score of 97.”
In Ireland, Five Farms is stocked by Supervalu and Centra, O’Briens, and many independent off licences. It is priced at a premium €35 – making it a drink to appreciate and to drink moderately.
“It is something you want to buy to treat yourself or to treat a special person,” Harte said.
If you are in Donegal Five Farms is available in SuperValu and Centra stores as well as a range of independent retail outlets across the county.
Enjoy and Happy Christmas!
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