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At just 27, Orlaith Kelm is in charge of distilling at Boatyard Gin, one of Northern Ireland's finest


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Orlaith Kelm with the Boatyard still named' Érainn', which was designed by Joe and built in Germany

Orlaith Kelm with the Boatyard still named' Érainn', which was designed by Joe and built in Germany

Orlaith Kelm with the Boatyard still named' Érainn', which was designed by Joe and built in Germany

If someone were to talk about a Head Distiller in the drinks industry, you'd probably think of some serious-looking old guy with elbow patches on his tweed jacket and 40-odd years of sniffing and sampling under his ever-tightening belt.

It may come as something of a surprise, therefore, to learn that the Head Distiller at one of our most highly acclaimed local producers - Boatyard Gin in Co Fermanagh - is just 27 years old and as recently as 2018 was pasting labels on bottles in a summer job at the distillery.


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