Oisin Davis on spirits: Cork’s Rebel City Distillery has its eyes on expansion

Run by an Irish-Indian couple, the distillery produces a great gin and an intriguing absinthe

Robert and Bhagya Barrett in the Rebel City Distillery in Cork. Picture: Cathal Noonan

When the Indian-Irish couple Robert and Bhagya Barrett established Rebel City Distillery in Cork, they wanted a signature product that would honour both of their cultural backgrounds.

Recognising the versatility of gin, they saw an opportunity to merge the vibrant flavours of India with the renowned craftsmanship of Ireland. And so Maharani Gin was born – a fusion of India and Ireland encapsulated in a single bottle. I’m quite the fan and I wanted to ...