If there’s one thing we like in Cornwall, it’s a good Cornish gin. The popularity of this tipple has risen so much, that in the UK over 40 million were sold in 2016 alone. With new craft gin distilleries opening all over the country it’s great to see the success of so many local Cornish producers. To celebrate, we’re sharing our guide to Cornish gins, but be warned, you many find yourself wanting to try them all.

Tarquin’s Dry Gin from Southwestern DistilleryTarquins Gin - Guide to Cornish Gins - St Ives Penzance Cornwall

Probably one of Cornwall’s most well known gins, Tarquin’s Dry Gin is fast becoming a big name and it’s easy to see why; it’s handmade in small batches with 12 botanicals including Devon violets and fresh citrus zest to create a light and floral gin.

  • Price: £32.50
  • ABV: 40% 
  • Made in: Wadebridge
  • Key Notes: Devon Violets and Orange Zest
  • Serve With: A Wedge of Lime.

We also recommend trying their Sea Dog Navy Strength gin which packs a punch at 57% and was named the best gin in the world at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Look out for their new Brilliant British Blackberry Gin (38%) which has just been released.

Trevethan Gin from Trevethan DistilleryTrevethan Gin - Guide to Cornish Gins - St Ives Penzance Cornwall

Trevethan Gin is a quality handmade gin created using a traditional family recipe perfected in the 1920s by Norman Trevethan. Each batch of this smooth and fragrant gin is hand distilled at their craft facility in Saltash, Cornwall. Trevethan Gin has a bold flavour with subtle citrus and floral notes. They use botanicals sourced from all over the globe, including from our very own Cornish hedgerows. Notes include cardamon, orange peel and lemon peel.

  • Price: £37.95
  • ABV: 43% 
  • Made in: Saltash
  • Key Notes: Citrus and Floral 
  • Serve With: Orange Peel & Rosemary

Curio Rock Samphire Gin from Curio Spirits CompanyCurio Gin - Guide to Cornish Gins - St Ives Penzance Cornwall

This four times distilled Rock Samphire gin captures the light freshness and wild aromas of the Cornish coast, creating a smooth, characterful and surprisingly delicate gin. The usual hit of juniper is accompanied by a hint of cinnamon and a touch of salt, from the Rock Samphire.

  • Price: £36
  • ABV: 41%
  • Made in: Mullion
  • Key Notes: Cinnamon and a hint of Salt
  • Serve With: Thyme

Why not try the Curio Cornish Cup (29%)? Using their dry gin they’ve blended their own bespoke botanicals to create a chai tea infused Cornish cup, with flavours such as malty Assam tea, exotic cardamom pods and cinnamon. Perfect served with lemonade and thyme.

Wrecking Coast Clotted Cream Gin from The Wrecking Coast DistilleryWrecking Coast Gin - Guide to Cornish Gins - St Ives Penzance Cornwall

Based in the small coastal village of Tintagel, the Wrecking Coast distillery is run by four friends; Avian Sandercock, Craig Penn, Steve Wharton and Daniel Claughton. Inspired by one of Cornwall’s most famous exports, this unique, handcrafted small-batch gin, delivers a special and distinct Cornish flavour. By building the gin around the clotted cream they ensure the delivery of its velvety richness balanced with a traditional note of juniper.

  • Price: £39
  • ABV: 44%
  • Made in: Tintagel
  • Key Notes: Clotted Cream and Vanilla
  • Serve With: Strawberries

Caspyn Gin by Pocketful of Stones DistilleryCaspyn Gin - Guide to Cornish Gins - St Ives Penzance Cornwall

Originally created in London by two brothers, Caspyn Dry Gin is now produced in Long Rock, just outside of Penzance. This classic dry gin is packed with botanicals such as; hibiscus flowers, lemon and orange peel, lemon grass, lemon verbena and Japanese tea and finishes with a sherbety hit from the gorse and orris.

  • Price: £35
  • ABV: 40%
  • Made in: Long Rock
  • Key Notes: Hibiscus Flowers and Citrus Notes
  • Serve With: Orange

They’ve also created a Midsummer Dry Gin (40%), a refreshing take on their original dry gin, which has been infused with British cucumbers. You might also want to try their Cornish Summer Cup (25%), a Cornish twist on an English cup which includes; raspberries, strawberries, orange and lemon with a hints of spice.

Elemental Cornish GinElemental Gin - Guide to Cornish Gins - St Ives Penzance Cornwall

Elemental Cornish Gin is made by a family owned company in Tregonetha in St Columb, North Cornwall. This well balance dry gin has grassy overtones and a subtle spicy finish. They use twelve carefully selected botanicals including juniper berries from Croatia, coriander seed from Spain, cassia bark from China and orris root from Morocco.

  • Price: £32
  • ABV: 42%
  • Made in: Tregonetha
  • Key Notes: Coriander 
  • Serve With: Lime and Grapefruit

Stafford’s Cornish Gin by Aval DorStafford Gin - Gudie to Cornish Gins - St Ives Penzance Cornwall

Stafford’s Gin is made from Aval Dor’s Cornish vodka, from the potatoes grown on their own farm near Fowey. This distinctive earthy gin is infused with delicate selection of botanicals foraged on the farm including lemon balm and rosemary in addition to juniper, coriander, lime zest, almond & macadamia.

  • Price: £37.95
  • ABV: 42%
  • Made in: Fowey
  • Key Notes: Citrus and Bay Leaf
  • Serve With: Bay Leaf

Jynerva Cornish Organic Gin & Jynerva Gorsedh Cornish Organic Gin from Atlantic Distillery 

Jynerva Cornish Organic Gin - Guide to Cornish Gin - St Ives Penzance Cornwall

Jynerva and Gorsedh are a pair of hand crafted gins made by Atlantic Distillery in Newquay, the sister company to Atlantic Brewery. The gins only use organic botanicals, many of which are grown at the distillery or foraged from the Cornish coast.

  • Price: £37.95
  • ABV: 46%
  • Made in: Newquay
  • Key Notes: Orange
  • Serve With: Orange Peel and Blueberries

Jynerva has a hint of orange alongside the classic juniper taste.

  • Price: £37.95
  • ABV: 46%
  • Made in: Newquay
  • Key Notes: Floral and Coconut
  • Serve With: Lime Peel

Gorsedh is infused with gorse flowers which delivers a floral note with a hint of coconut and lime.

Which Cornish gins have you tried and what is your favourite? We’d love to hear from you. Follow us on Instagram for more of our Cornish finds and tag your photos with #stivespenzance for the change to be featured! For more guides to Cornwall head over to our What’s on Cornwall section.

*Please note prices are approximate and will vary between retailers. They are also based on 70cl bottles. 

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