5 Distinctive Cornish Gins
Saturday 9 June is World Gin Day - so here are a handful of top local gins to get you in the spirit!
Finally a World Day of something I can really get on board with. Yes folks, today is ‘World Gin Day’ and to celebrate, I thought I’d tell you all about a few of the special gins crafted right here in Cornwall. Grab a Copa and some Fever Tree and step right this way…
Caspyn Cornish Gin (from Penzance)
A personal favourite, Caspyn (named for a stone circle near Penzance) was served in cocktails at the recent Muddy awards bash but it is equally good in G&T or sipped over ice – yes I can be a bit of a lush like that.
Flavour: “A classic dry gin, with loads of floral (hibiscus flowers) and citrus notes (lemon and orange peel, lemon grass, lemon verbena), a freshness (Japanese tea), length and long sherbety finish (gorse and orris).” Inspired by crisp Cornish mornings!
What else: The Pocket Full of Stones distillery also makes a Midsummer Gin (the original infused with cucumbers) and Cornish Summer Cup – a fruity Pimms alternative, served with ginger ale or lemonade.
Best served: There are lots of cocktail recipes on the Pocket Full of Stones website but they recommend a premium tonic and twist of orange, if you want the gin to be the star.
Curio Samphire Rock Gin (from Mullion)
Made in Mullion on the Lizard Peninsula, this four-times-distilled gin – made with hand-foraged rock samphire – captures an invigorating taste of the Cornish coast. And I don’t care what they say about books and covers, the colourful packaging won me over too.
Flavour: “Inspired by the light, fresh sea spray and wild aromas of its coastal home, Curio Rock Samphire gin is blended with fragrant botanicals and distilled in small batches, for exceptional quality and a delicately smooth gin.”
What else: Curio also makes two flavoured vodkas – Cocoa and Cardamom and Cornish Cup, which is based on a traditional punch and makes a lovely fruity tipple on a summer’s day.
Best served: Neat with ice and a garnish.
Tarquin’s ‘The Seadog’ Navy Strength Gin (from St Ervan)
A hugely successful Cornish export, Tarquin’s ‘The Seadog’ was crowned World’s Best Gin last year at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (The Oscars of the gin world, don’t you know). Similar to Tarquin’s signature gin but with added poke, The Seadog is bottled at 57% ABV – navy strength!
Flavour: “Made using the same traditional distilling methods, this navy strength gin uses increased botanicals to balance the alcohol strength and maintain the unique Tarquin’s flavour. It has a superbly smooth finish and rounded sweetness, with notes of cracked black pepper, candied citrus and rich spice.”
What else: Tarquin’s regularly releases Limited Edition flavours, which in the past have included British Blackberry, Elderflower and Pink Grapefruit and Cornish Crocus.
Best served: This stronger gin comes highly recommended for Martini cocktails (hic!) and is also perfect for G&Ts with a bit of a kick.
Tinkture Rose Gin (from Perranporth)
This amazing colour-changing gin is made with organic West Country roses. The golden colour changes to beautiful pink when mixed with tonic – and that bottle! A lovingly crafted gin that oozes style and substance.
Flavour: “A sensuous walk through a garden in bloom. Tinkture is a delightfully light and delicate ‘London Dry’ gin with a hint of citrus. Juniper and coriander provide a complex depth and warmth. ”
What else: You can now order Tinkture gin in refill pouches – a win, win for the environment and your bank balance.
Best served: Ice and tonic are all that’s required, although there’s a lovely looking Bramble recipe on their Instagram feed if you want to get creative.
The Wrecking Coast Clotted Cream Gin (from Tintagel)
Clotted cream and gin seemed like a odd combo to me at first but Wrecking Coast is a triumph of smooth, velvety, vanilla-ery, deliciousness – and even better served with a fresh strawberry garnish.
Flavour: Familiar gin flavours, blended with a clotted cream spirit for a rich texture and sweet vanilla aroma.
What else? Rather than traditional copper stills, Wrecking Coast is made in a modern Dutch iStill!
Best served: Neat over ice or with tonic, strawberries and lime.
Other ways to celebrate…
Learn to make your own bespoke spirit at An Mor Hotel’s Gin School in Bude…. read my review here. (Gin making parties £40 (2 hrs)/ Gin Making Masterclass £90 (4 hrs)/ Gin Tasting £25.)
Hit the Gin Bar at Talland Bay Hotel – there are over 80 to choose from or try celebratory gin cocktail, Secret Garden.
Indulge in a Trevallick’s Gin Taster Afternoon Tea. High tea and four gins to sample for £25