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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Made in: Newquay
Key Notes: Orange
Serve With: Orange Peel and Blueberries
Jynerva has a hint of orange alongside the classic juniper taste.
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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