Tarquin's Cornish Dry Gin 42% 70cl
Based just 20 minutes North-east of Newquay, the Southwestern Distillery was founded by Tarquin Leadbetter in 2012. Previously a classically trained chef, Tarquin left a desk job in London to pursue a dream of opening the first distillery in his homeland of Cornwall for over 100 years.
Recognising the growth of gin at the time, Tarquin is completely self-taught, selling his first bottle of gin in July 2013. His first still was originally heated with a large gas ring that was used for his paella pan - the operation now has 4 stills (named Tamara, Senara, Tressa and Ferrara) that are all heated with a direct flame. The tops of the stills are sealed with bread dough - which sounds weird but is a very traditional process.
Tarquin's Cornish Dry Gin is his take on a London Dry style. 11 botanicals are macerated overnight in a wheat-based spirit - juniper, coriander seed, liquorice root, angelica root, orris root, green cardamom, cinnamon, bitter almonds, orange, lemon and grapefruit peel. So far, so standard gin ingredients. But it's the addition of violet petals from Devon at the last minute - that would otherwise turn to mush - that adds an extra sweet floral note to the gin. The citrus and juniper is forward but well balanced, without one overpowering the other. The floral note arrives halfway through, with just a touch of lemon sherbet sweetness coming through. It's a lovely gin in the classic sense - no mucking about with flavours, just solid, dependable spirit that will work with a mixer, in a cocktail or even drink neat on it's own.
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