As we are located in Cornwall ourselves it seems only right to have a special mention for the ever growing range of delicious gins produced in the county. Who would have thought that a few years ago there was no gin being distilled in Cornwall; now there are ten distilleries thriving and producing many styles of gin for us to enjoy. It all began with Tarquin’s Dry Gin which was an overnight success and since then Southwestern Distillery has created many new and exciting gins. We also have Trevethan Gin, a traditional bold juniper forward offering that is of extremely high quality. Then there is St. Ives Gin which is Cornwall’s only gin made using cold compound compression and Wrecking Coast which contains real Cornish clotted cream. That’s not to forget Caspyn, Fowey River Gin, Curio, Jynerva, Elemental Gin and the Westward Farm gins.
The gins in this category push the definition of the spirit to their boundaries and possibly beyond. Technically all gins must have juniper as their predominant flavour – the gins you will find here do not! Some of the bold flavours in these gins are from commonly used botanicals that add subtle definitions to the flavour profile. In these spirits that subtly has been thrown out the window and these flavours take centre stage. Rhubarb is very popular with Whitley Neil Rhubarb and Ginger Gin and Slingsby Rhubarb Gin rubbing shoulders with the likes of Edinburgh Gin’s Rhubarb and Ginger Liqueur. Blackcurrant gin can also be found in abundance along with pear, orange, violet, chocolate, lavender and mulled fruit varieties plus many more. Our selection of gin liqueurs can also be found here including the very popular Unicorn’s Tears Gin Liqueur.
London Dry Gin refers to a highly regulated method of distilling gin and not the flavour profile as many believe. Confusingly given the title, it does not have to be produced in London or even the UK for that matter. The list of regulations is very long and boring but can be simplified down as follows. The neutral spirit must start off at 96% ABV and then be re-distilled to 70% ABV. No artificial ingredients can be used and no flavour or colour can be added after distillation. This means that the distiller must use their expertise and make a judgement call when to cut the gin as no changes can be made afterwards. Traditionally, this style of gin is very juniper forward and some brands like Tanqueray and Gordon’s still adhere to this. Today, many distilleries make very nontraditional and unusual gin using the London Dry method.
There is nothing quite so British as Sloe Gin which is made from infusing the berries in gin and adding sugar. Sloes grow in the hedgerows of the English countryside and, if we are being honest, are not pleasant if eaten on their own. Technically a liqueur, Sloe Gin is a traditional Winter drink in the UK but can also be enjoyed in the warmer seasons in a classic Sloe Gin Fizz cocktail by adding soda water and citrus flavours. Some producers have taken to making the drink with neutral spirit and flavourings, but we think that old time-tested method is the best. That’s why all the Sloe Gins we stock are made with real Sloes or fruit steeped in gin and sugar. Whether they are made in good old Blighty like Plymouth Sloe Gin or Pickerings, or in Europe like Herno or Monkey 47 Sloe Gin, you are guaranteed to have an authentic experience.
Old Tom gin is a sweeter style of gin than the classic London Dry and came to be back in the days when distillation methods were primitive at best and deadly at worst. To cover the awful taste of the base gin, sugar and other sweet botanicals were added after distillation to make it more palatable to the hard-drinking British populace of the 18th century. As time went on and distillation methods improved, the need to add sweeteners to the gin diminished and the dryer style of gin became the more popular. Old Tom gin pretty much disappeared until the recent gin and cocktail resurgence, with many old cocktail recipes requiring this sweeter gin. Now we have Old Tom gins once again being distilled by top gin producers like Herno, Haymans and Poetic License. This is a great alternative for those who find the majority of gins too dry.
There are many types of gins that don’t fall into the other gin categories and this is where you can find them. You can find gins here from all over the world including Ungava from Canada, Death’s Door and Aviation Gin from America, Ginraw and Rives from Spain plus Malfy from Italy to name just a few. Also included are the Herno line of gins from Sweden, a highly awarded collection and recipients of many medals including the Best Gin Producer of The Year 2016 at the International Wine and Spirits Competition, a high accolade indeed! If for some reason this doesn’t appeal, you could always try Skin Gin from Germany or KWV Cruxland Gin from South Africa. We even have a gin made by rum producers Dictador from Colombia! Take a peek inside and discover your next favourite gin or three.