Tarquin's Cornish Sunshine Blood Orange Gin 38% 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.
As well as using the same 12 botanical as the Cornish Dry Gin, Tarquin's add blood orange peel, rhubarb, a small amount of blackberries and gentian root into the mix. Gentian root is normally used in bitter aperitivo such as Amaro, and the intention here to emulate the likes of this to use the gin as the base of a spritz, which is incredibly popular right now.
The orange is fresh and full on, but there is a softer note from the other fruit and the gentian root does impart a slightly bitter edge - not unpleasant though, and it does work brilliantly with sparkling wine or soda water (or even both).
If you're looking for a sweeter orange gin, this isn't the one for you - but if you want a gin that's absolutely perfect for warm Summer evening, grab a bottle!
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