A modern take on ~ A FRUIT LEAD DRY GIN - 38% abv
WITH A TOUCH OF CORNISH WILDFLOWER HONEY
Distilled with ~ 14 HAND-SELECTED BOTANICALS
WITH 100% BRITISH BLACKBERRIES
Distilled in ~ SMALL BATCHES
IN OUR 4 COPPER POT STILLS
We’ve hand-selected 14 different botanicals – carefully sourced from both distant and exotic locations around the world – to craft a gin in proud celebration of the Great British Blackberry.
BLACKBERRIES ~ 100% British
WILDFLOWER HONEY ~ from Cornwall
JUNIPER ~ from Italy
CORIANDER SEED ~ from Bulgaria
LIQUORICE ROOT ~ from Uzbekistan
ANGELICA ROOT ~ from Poland
ORRIS ROOT ~ from Morocco
GREEN CARDAMON ~ from Guatemala
CINNAMON ~ from Madagascar
BITTER ALMONDS ~ from Morocco
FRESH ORANGE, LEMON & GRAPEFRUIT PEEL ~ (seasonally sourced)
VIOLETS ~ from Devon
As a fully-independent, family-run business, we at Southwestern Distillery like to celebrate the fact that we do things a little bit differently.
At the heart of our distilling process lie Tarquin’s three 250 litre hand-beaten copper pot-stills.
TAMARA, SENARA & TRESSA
To this day, these stills continue to be fired by direct naked flame and are sealed at the joints with bread dough. These distilling techniques are about as old-school as you can find.
Alongside these original copper pot-stills proudly sits the newest addition to the distillery, FERARRA – a state of the art, one-of-a-kind 500 litre copper still. Championing a combination of the progressively modern and the authentically traditional Tarquin uses these four stills collectively to create his internationally award-winning spirits.
When it’s time to create our Tarquin’s British Blackberry Gin we first start the process of distilling our flagship Tarquin’s Cornish Dry Gin as the base. To do this, 11 of the botanicals are added to our stills (with the exception of the violets, British blackberries and Cornish wildflower honey) and left to macerate overnight in a wheat based neutral grain spirit.
In the morning Tarquin’s simply add the missing violets, to complete the botanical recipe, and then it’s time to fire up the stills.
As the stills heat up Tarquin is constantly monitoring the process, nosing and tasting as the distilled spirit as it comes off the still at different temperatures. We collect only the purest ‘heart of the distillation’ (achieved when the still has reached the magic temperature of 78’c), collecting and setting aside the ‘heads’ and ‘tails’ cuts (the first and last parts of the distillation) that don’t make the most selective taste and texture grade.
Post distillation, this ‘hearts cut’ (around 76% abv neat Gin) is lovingly infused with the most brilliant British blackberries we can lay our hands on. We patiently let this infuse until Tarquin feels the balance is just right. Finally we cut the gin with de-mineralized Cornish spring water to bring it down to the desired 38% abv, and then just before bottling we add a touch of Cornish wildflower honey for some rounded sweetness and balance.
Every single bottle is then individually hand-filled, hand-labelled, dipped into a slow-cooker filled with paraffin wax, stamped with our Puffin logo, given batch tasting notes and then individually hand-signed.
We truly believe in the value of maximising the human-touch at every stage of the process.
NO SHORT-CUTS ~ NO OUT-SOURCING ~ NO COMPROMISE
When Tarquin puts “Handcrafted in Cornwall” on every bottle, he really does mean it.
APPEARANCE ~ Inky Maroon - full of dark berry goodness
38 % VOL
TASTE ~ Initial hit of bright Summer pudding and frangipani on the palate with a zesty, sherbety mouth feel and fragrant sweetness from the wildflower honey.
NOSE ~ Crisp, fragrant juniper still prominent as the backbone of the gin, with notes of blackberry crumble, wild red berries and sweet spice.
FINISH ~ Candied lemon sherbet and zingy blackberry sorbet, with balance and rounded sweetness coming from the honey. Retains a lovely dryness to the finish due to zero added sugar.
Crafted on the wild Cornish coast
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