A modern take on ~ A FRUIT LEAD DRY GIN - 38% abv
WITH A TOUCH OF STRAWBERRY & LIME
Distilled with ~ 14 HAND-SELECTED BOTANICALS
WITH STRAWBERRY & LIME
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 Strawberry & Lime.
STRAWBERRY ~ 100% British
LIME ZEST ~ (seasonally sourced)
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 lies 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 Strawberry & Lime 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, strawberries and limes) and left to macerate overnight in a wheat based neutral grain spirit.
In the morning Tarquin simply adds 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 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 strawberries and limes 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.
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 ~ Wild strawberry, just waiting to be poured
38 % VOL
TASTE ~ Initial hit of wild strawberry, fresh juniper and a hint of cracked black pepper.
NOSE ~ Crisp, fragrant juniper still prominent as the backbone of the gin, with notes of zesty lime, orange blossom and warm spice.
FINISH ~ Candied strawberry jam and sweet marmalade. Retains a lovely dryness to the finish due to zero added sugar.
Crafted on the wild Cornish coast
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