Smyth & O’Reilly is a leading Artisan Irish Distillery, specializing in Gin products. The Distillery is based in the historic Ballydarton House, Fenagh, Carlow, Ireland and nestled in the foothills of Mount Leinster. It has a very rich history at its heart.
The Silver Spear awarded to John Henry Watson in 1876 is an iconic piece of Irish and British military colonial history. It was awarded to J.H. for his prowess in a competition of skill and horsemanship. The officers horseback and fighting skills had to be exemplary not just to gain the respect of their troops but because they were frequently fighting a highly skilled adversary in the battles and squirmishes against the Afghan troops and local militia who were raised to ride and fight on horseback from their early years. The awarding of the Silver Spear was deemed a great honor indeed.
The Silver Spear is a strong and valuable connection. Not only does it link Ballydarton House, family home of John Henry Watson to us, but it links Colonial India, the home of Gin & Tonic and the strong military history of the British 13th Hussars directly back to modern day. For us, it closes the circle, connecting the past with our present, pointing forward with strength and direction into the future.
Silver Spear 90 Proof Gin is Hand Crafted. The authentic taste of Juniper is complemented by a select number of botanicals from across four continents. Distilled in small batches and bottle by hand with passion and dedication to create Silver Spear Gin for your enjoyment.