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Having just returned from 'Gin School' we are delighted to present our current list of delicious and varied gins.

Salcombe Gin Start Point

Salcombe Gin Start PointMade from fresh citrus botanicals and blended with Dartmoor spring water, this Devon gin comes from the heart of Salcombe.

Harmonious balance of fresh citrus and piney juniper with warm spicy notes from cinnamon and coriander seed. Subtle floral notes comes through from the camomile flowers. With tonic the fresh citrus is accentuated.
Rich and full in the mouth with juniper and fresh ruby red grapefruit on the fore followed by layers of warming citrus spice from English coriander seed and cubeb. Subtle savoury tones from bay leaf, balanced by a touch of sweetness
from liquorice root.
Finish: Lingering and balanced with continued warm spice notes from cardamom and a subtle peppery note from the cubeb, leaving you eager for the next sip.

Tarquin's Handcrafted Cornish Dry Gin

Tarquin's Handcrafted Cornish Dry Gin Cornwall’s first Gin for over a century.

A contemporary take on a classic London Dry, Tarquin uses fragrant handpicked Devon violets and fresh orange zest to deliver an aromatic sensation unlike any other.

We like to think the result is comparable to stumbling upon a beautiful orange blossom in the middle of a crisp, dry pine forest.

Only the best and most pure spirit (the heart) makes it into Tarquin’s Gin, which is diluted to bottling strength at 42% with Cornish spring water.

“One unusual ingredient is the Devon violet. From these I take the delicate leaves, which add a vibrant green freshness to the gin and create something deliciously unique.”

- Tarquin, Head Distiller

Tarquin's Navy Strength 'Sea Dog' Gin

Tarquin's Navy Strength 'Sea Dog' GinDOUBLE GOLD in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2017

Bottled at Navy Strength 57% abv this is distilled in Cornwall in small batches, a contemporary take on London Dry Gin but Plymouth style.

The recipe is the same as that of Tarquin’s Dry Gin, though the botanicals have been increased somewhat. In the lineup is fresh orange, lemon, grapefruit, coriander, violet, juniper, cinnamon, angelica, orris, cardamom, liquorice and almond.

On the nose, vivid and fresh juniper comes through strongly with an underlying hint of heat, though this could be down to both the high ABV and also the cinnamon content. The warm, coriander citrus so noticeable in the "standard" gin, joins in too.

The cinnamon notes hit the tongue instantly, and the roots fill the mouth, bringing both an earthy taste and a rich feel. The juniper is less obvious on the palate compared to its aroma, though it comes through in a big way on the finish, leaving an strong note of pine on the tongue – as though one had taken a bite out of a Christmas tree.

Tarquin himself describes it as having a “more intense juniper on the nose, with a lovely peppery spice on the palate and rich earthy citrus notes. All in all it’s pretty serious stuff and a very exciting liquid, particularly in a higher ABV cocktail. It makes a ridiculously good Negroni or Gimlet.”

It also makes for a superb G&T – with a slice of grapefruit bolster the citrus notes and help the other botanicals to shine through.

Tarquin's Cornish Crocus Gin

Tarquin's Cornish Crocus Gin
The Cornish Crocus Gin is infused with local saffron grown by the Cornish Saffron Company in nearby coastal village, Portscatho.

More than 20,000 individual crocus flowers are planted, harvested and the saffron stigmas plucked by hand, resulting in a spice priced at £40 per gram – more than twice the price of 24 carat gold, accruing to Southwestern.

“The saffron adds a beautifully vibrant golden colour and depth of flavour to the gin, complimented with flagrant rose petals and exotic pistachio nuts,” said distiller Tarquin Leadbetter. “A fantastic very special and fantastically flavoured gin.”

Saffron is thought to have been introduced to the UK by the Phoenicians in the 14th century, and was traded in Cornwall for tin and copper. The last recorded saffron field in the county was sold in Penryn, Cornwall at the end of the 19th century.

Modern day ‘Crocurs’ Brian and Margaret Eyers are reviving the Cornish industry, growing saffron on the Roseland Peninsula, which overlooks Gerrans Bay.

The Cornish Crocus Gin is bottled, labelled, wax, stamped and individually signed by hand.

Six o'Clock Gin, Bramley & Gage

Six o'Clock Gin, Bramley & GageCombine precisely balanced Six O'clock Gin with tonic to create your own moment of "ginspiration".

Balance, poise and precision; three imperatives in the mind of engineer and inventor Edward Kain. With meticulous attention to detail he created mechanical works of art, documented in blueprints that are still treasured today.

A blueprint for gin deserves the same balance, poise and precision, which Edward's great grandson, Michael, uses to make Six O'Clock Gin. Inspired by his forefather, Michael carefully selects and precisely balances Juniper with six other botanicals to chime together as sweetly as any timepiece. Orange Peel adds a citrus in delightful harmony with floral Elderflower. The result is a clean, smooth and richly flavoured gin.

Edward was known for restraint in gin consumption and looked forward to 6'O Clock, his time for 'ginspiration'.

Gold Medal, IWSC Challenge

Tasting Notes from the IWSC judges:
"Delightful variation on a theme. The traditional characters are there but some fresh citrus and lovely notes of elderflower. Amazingly powerful in the mouth with great depth of flavour. Super and full floral backing. Fresh yet soothing. Full flavoured but beautifully balanced. Long and full flavoured finish where the floral notes are strongly evident."

Aval Dor Stafford Gin

Aval Dor Stafford GinSteve Dustow is one of the ‘good guys’, a fifth generation member of a Cornish family of potato farmers, who are based at Colwith Farm, situated at Treesmill, near Par in South Cornwall. Steve is an Exeter University graduate, who went on to become a project manager for one of the West Country’s leading construction companies. However, disillusioned with what he saw in the industry, Steve decided to return to the family farm and diversify into the production of potato vodka.

Stafford Matthew Dustow was our great, great grandfather who bought Colwith Farm way back in 1904. His gin is derived from our stunning Cornish potato vodka, Aval Dor. Whereas most gin distillers buy in their spirit, we prefer to make our own. Our gin is infused with delicate selection of botanicals foraged on the farm including lemon balm, rosemary and bay in addition to juniper, coriander, lime zest, almond & macadamia sourced from much further afield. Stafford's Gin is an exquisitely distinctive, citrusy gin which makes a sublime G&T and Dry Martini!.

Conker Dorset Dry Gin

Conker Dorset Dry GinConker have created a unique and intricate gin of ten select botanicals, distilled and bottled by them at Dorset’s first gin distillery, nestled in the back streets of Bournemouth. 40% abv

Whilst still a proper classic gin, led by a dry Macedonian juniper heart, the subtle incorporation of the Dorset notes of elderberries, samphire and handpicked New Forest gorse flowers brings bright and refreshing lighter notes to Conker.

Brazenly refreshing and deftly smooth, the Dorset Dry is crafted to stand up on its own, poured and adored over ice.

Mix at your pleasure, but this gin can hold its own.

Chassagne Montrachet Blanc 2014, Jean-Marc Morey
Chassagne Montrachet Blanc 2014, Jean-Marc Morey
A fantastic white Burgundy from Jean-Marc Morey, Côte de Beaune, which exhibits a purity of rich fruit (coupled with a mouth-tingling freshness) that is rare to find.

Chassagne Montrachet Blanc
Vacqueyras Cuvée Doucinello 2011
Vacqueyras Cuve Doucinello 2011
Recently, Robert Parker put Serge’s wines in to the superstar category but, typical of the man, he has maintained our allocation just as it was before, despite phenomenal demand from the USA.

Vacqueyras Cuvée Doucinello
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