Gin has experienced a resurgence in popularity over the past few years with an explosion of new distilleries across the country. One area with an abundance of distilleries producing quality gins with a local twist is Cornwall. Here are 5 Cornish gins you must try.
Scurvy Gin Navy Strength by The Wrecking Coast Distillery
Distilled and bottled in Tintegel, North Cornwall, this Gin is infused with 9 botanicals including locally sourced scurvy grass. This grass not only lends the gin its name but also a hint of liquorice and spice.
This is a Navy strength gin bottled at 57 ABV so treat it with respect is deserves. It is great used in a cocktail such as a Gimlet or Negroni or try drinking it in a classic G&T with a quality tonic and twist of lemon.
Seafarer’s Gin By The Rosemullion Distillery
The Rosemullion distillery is a family owned business tucked away on the Helford River on the South coast of Cornwall. It produces several beautifully bottled gins including the Seafarer’s Gin. Locally sourced ingredients are combined to craft this gin. Local rain water is harvested at the distillery and is used along with seaweed scavenged from the shoreline.
A traditional gin in style with citrus and juniper flavours as well as a slightly peppery flavour imparted by the seaweed. It makes a perfect G&T with a twist of lemon or lime.
Dr Squid by Pocketful of Stones Distillery
Based in Long Rock, Penzance, Pocketful of Stones Distillery likes to do things a little out of the ordinary. They have a range of differently flavoured gins but the stand out is Dr Squid. Stunningly packaged in an engraved copper flask this gin is worth buying for the flask alone. Fortunately the contents are so good you don’t have to.
On the initial pour this gin is black. Yes, black. Dr Squid is made using real squid ink, no gimicky food colourings here. Watch your friends stare in disbelief as the you pour them a black gin, then the surprise as the gin turns pink on adding tonic and then the satisfaction as they drink and discover the beautifully balanced flavours of citrus and juniper.
Wild Coast Gin by Curio Distillery
Another South Coast distillery, this time based in the small town of Mullion. Wild Coast Gin is a quadruple distilled gin infused with local botanicals. Rock Samphire is the star ingredient in this small batch gin. It is hand foraged from local cliff tops and imparts a light fresh, slightly salty flavour.
Wild Coast recommends drinking this gin neat with ice and a garnish and I would agree. Truly delicious.
Land of Saints by The Cornish Spirits Drink Company Ltd
Truro is the home of The Cornish Spirits Drink Company, a distillery with a difference. Passionate about the environment the husband and wife team created an all organic gin and named it after the 69 different Saints associated with Cornwall. Distilled with local Cornish water, organic grain and 13 different organic botanicals this certified organic gin is smooth, fresh and full of citrus.
A donation from every bottle sold goes to the Flora and Fauna International conservation charity so you can enjoy your ethically produced, organic tipple knowing you are helping the planet one sip at a time.