A modern take on ~ A NAVY STRENGTH GIN - 57% abv

WINNER - "WORLD'S BEST GIN 2017"

Distilled with ~ 12 HAND-SELECTED BOTANICALS

INCLUDING FRESH CITRUS PEEL & HAND PICKED VIOLETS

Distilled in ~ SMALL BATCHES

IN OUR 4 COPPER POT STILLS

BOTANICALS

We’ve hand-selected 12 different botanicals – carefully sourced from both distant and exotic locations around the world – to craft a Navy Strength Gin that’s brimming with bold Cornish personality.

JUNIPER ~ from Kosovo

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

Our Process

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 “The SeaDog” Navy Strength Gin, 11 of the botanicals are added  to our stills (with the exception of the violets) and left to macerate overnight in a wheat based neutral grain spirit.

In the morning Tarquin’s 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 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 cut with de-mineralized Cornish spring water to bring it down to the desired 57% abv. Nothing else is added in true Navy Strength Gin style.

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.

Tasting notes

APPEARANCE ~ Crystal clear just waiting to be poured

57 % VOL

TASTE ~ Big, bold and beautifully balanced. An initial hit of warm, earthy spice with with crisp juniper backbone. Fragrant coriander and rich cinnamon follow, with a bright hit of zesty orange sherbet to round everything off.

NOSE ~ Intense juniper on the nose, with a lovely hit of cracked black pepper. Hints of spiced cinnamon and coriander follow with top notes of fresh, zesty citrus peal.

FINISH ~ Very full bodied with an unctuous, creamy mouth feel. Spicy tingle to the front of the tongue. Superbly smooth, well integrated alcohol content. One to be savoured - a real sipping gin.

Crafted on the wild Cornish coast

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