Bonac 24 Irish Gin is the first product from a Wicklow based distillery established by father and son duo, Michael and Gavin Clifford. The project was the result of many years of discussion between the two on opening a hands on family business.
The idea for the distillery came from a passion of Gavin’s and also his time spent working in the drinks industry in New York. After studying in college in Ireland, Gavin immigrated to the United States where he saw an opportunity to turn a passion of his into a business. On returning to Ireland, the two began research with visits to many craft distilleries in Ireland and the UK. They began the process of opening the distillery by commissioning John Dore & Co (one of the oldest still manufacturers in the world) to design the still. The still and all other equipment were then manufactured in Ireland.
When building the brand, there was a huge emphasis placed on creating something real and original. Authenticity has been placed at the core of Bonac 24. It was here that Gavin drew inspiration from his time spent in New York, or more specifically, his summers spent working in the bars and restaurants of the Hamptons, which is affectionately known to the locals as Bonac, long named after both the Accabonac harbor and creek. As the pair settled on the their 24th gin recipe, it seemed only fitting to add the number to the name.