Five Farms is a true Irish success story. The luxury – or über-premium – Irish cream liqueur has been picking up awards since it launched and despite the challenges of the last few years is making its way into countries all over the world.
It is now available everywhere from Puerto Rico to Berlin and has just had a very successful launch into France and Italy. It’s little wonder, as from the outset quality was at the heart of Five Farms, Johnny Harte, co-founder of the brand, explains. It contains the most Irish whiskey that can be included in a cream liqueur [10x other brands], the highest cream content – from five family-run dairy farms in Co Cork - and natural vanilla extract from Madagascar.
While the quality of ingredients ensures that Five Farms is great to drink on its own – “I drink it neat,” Johnny says, “Chilled and no ice.” – it has also been a hit with mixologists, both professional and amateur. Five Farms has now become an essential ingredient in the classic espresso martini, a perfect cocktail for the festive season. “It’s a very popular cocktail for a lot of brands but the espresso martini has evolved around us because people started saying if you use Five Farms in an espresso martini it gives a great lustre and doesn’t dissipate in the mix. It gives a great texture to the cocktail - as well as tasting great.”
Five Farms’ popularity as an ingredient in cocktails is very much rooted in the brand’s DNA, Johnny says, recalling how a top New York barman once told him that he only uses products made with the best ingredients in his cocktails. “That resonated with me because when we came up with Five Farms that was one of the stipulations to ourselves: if we’re going to do this, we’re going to use the best of everything because there’s no point in doing it otherwise,” Johnny explains.
That commitment to quality and authenticity saw Five Farms named as the fastest growing brand in 2020 – and it has built on that success in 2021 both abroad and here at home. “Everywhere Five Farms goes it gets quality endorsements,” Johnny says. “It was a double gold medal winner in the Ultimate Spirits Challenge in the United States. But Ireland has been the stand-out success for the brand and we’re delighted with that. Winning a Blas na hEireann award this year, for a second year in a row, was a great achievement. It’s great to get awards but it’s doubly great to get awards from your own.”
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