This week I thought we should pay a little homage to a number of local small businesses that have sprung up in response to the popularity of drinking artisan gin over that past few years.
Southwestern Distillery – Tarquin’s Handcrafted Gin
The Southwestern Distillery near Wadebridge is where one of my favourite gin’s is created.
Handcrafted in small batches Tarquins gin emerges from one of three flame fired copper pot stills fondly known as Tamara, Senara and Ferrara.
Beating 267 other international entries at the World Spirits Competition in 2017 Tarquin’s Cornish Navy Seadog gin claimed the title of world’s best gin.
In addition to the Dry Gin and the Seadog from time to time limited edition batches become available. I am currently enjoying such delights as Cornish Blackberry and Honey, Mulled Cranberry and Tangerine and The Eden Project’s Boabab and Grains of Paradise.
Atlantic Coast – Jynerva and Gorsedh Cornish Organic Gins
This distillery is located in an 18th century farmhouse a short distance from the North Coast and the tourist town of Newquay.
Jynerva, meaning gin in Cornish and Gorsedh, which is an organisation that preserves the Celtic spirituality of Cornwall, are a pair of 46% ABV hand crafted gins made from organic botanicals of which a great many are grown at the distillery or foraged from the wilds of Cornwall from coast to moor.
The gins are blended with the distillery’s own hand drawn water and distilled slowly in a bain-marie still called Guinevere, so named after the famous character from Arthurian legend.
Jynerva has a hint of orange on the nose but does not mask the juniper. These citrus flavours continue on the palate culminating in a dry finish.
Gorsedh has been distilled using gorse flowers from an organic farm high on Bodmin Moor. This delivers a golden floral note on the nose with a hint of coconut and lime on the palate with a gentle, yet sustained, finish.
Trevethen – Trevethen Cornish Gin
Trevethan Gin is a quality handmade gin created using a traditional family recipe perfected in the 1920s by Norman Trevethan a stone’s throw from the Tamar river in East Cornwall.
Each batch is hand distilled in small quantities to create a unique flavour and give every batch its own signature character. Complex, with subtle hints of citrus and floral notes, Trevethen gin is made using botanicals sourced from Cornish hedgerows for a true taste of Cornwall.
The water used comes from a natural spring on nearby farmland, the water is so soft that no mineral treatment is necessary which helps to create a truly natural flavour.
Also available are the delicious sounding Honey Oak and a nod to the family history (you’ll have to go to their website to find out that connection!) the intriguing sounding Chauffeur’s Reserve!
Curio Spirits Company – Rock Samphire and Fly Navy Gin
Curio is produced in Mullion, deep in west Cornwall, on the Lizard Peninsular.
Curio is inspired by fragrant botanicals and natural ingredients. Hand foraged on the local cliff tops the rock samphire is blended with fragrant botanicals and distilled four times in small batches for exceptional quality producing the deliciously smooth Rock Samphire Gin.
The Fly Navy Gin, also handcrafted in small batches is a floral, citrus gin that is unique and full of character. This new gin was produced to mark the centenary of the landing of the first aircraft on a moving ship at sea. Given the close proximity of this distillery to RNAS Culdrose in Helston it was felt a fitting tribute to mark this important event.
Cornish Gin Distillery – Elemental Gin
From a tiny distillery in the heart of Cornwall comes this artisan Cornish gin.
Made using the more traditional and expensive one shot method (rather than using a concentrate as many commercial gins do) along with outstanding botanicals and only the finest Cornish spring water leads to the creation of a unique and complex gin like no other.
The creators chose the name Elemental because gin production is an ancient process dependent on the alchemical elements of copper and water, both of which are also strong symbols of Cornwall.
Wrecking Coast Distillery – Clotted Cream Gin
A gin with a distinctly Cornish flavour hails from a micro distillery high on the slate and granite cliffs of the wrecking coast near Tintagel. Smooth on the palette and velvety rich in the mouth the Wrecking Coast Clotted Cream Gin is handcrafted in small-batches. The unique approach developed by the makers of building this gin around the clotted cream ensures the velvety richness is balanced with the traditional notes of juniper you expect in any gin. Each bottle is signed by it’s maker and hand sealed in two colours of wax, gold and cream to represent the golden crust and rich creaminess of clotted cream.
So there you have it, in no particular order our roundup of “6 of the Best” Cornish Gin Distilleries. I wonder which ones you will try or if you discover any others while you are here in Cornwall?