Tarquin’s Cornish Dry Gin
A contemporary take on a classic London dry gin, distilled with 12 botanicals sourced from across the globe and locally foraged on the wild Cornish coast. Crisp piney notes from the juniper balance with fresh citrus and a bright floral finish. Try it with red grapefruit and a sprig of thyme.
Fresh, crisp, and vibrant juniper nose. Light aromatic spice, orange blossom, and a hint of cardamom. Creamy, and dry with delicate green pine and subtle frangipane notes. Crisp and clean on the finish, with lingering citrus zest and eastern spices.
Pairs perfectly with:
Mediterranean Tonic, Red Grapefruit, and a sprig of Thyme.
Vegan friendly. All orders are delivered in plastic-free packaging.
Tarquin’s Gins are made in Cornwall, UK. It is 100% handmade using a fire-heated copper alembic which can produce just as few as 300 bottles in one batch.
It is 100% handmade (by Tarquin and his wife) using a fire-heated copper alambic (Tamara) which can produce just as few as 300 bottles in one batch.
Tarquin’s Gin History
At 23 years old, Tarquin, a classically trained chef, left his desk job in London to pursue his passion for creating. Teaming up with his sister Athene, he embarked on the ambitious mission of establishing the first Cornish distillery in over a century. With a copper pot still, a suitcase full of unique botanicals, and a vision, Tarquin returned to the West Country to create what would become the World’s Best Gin.
Over the next year, Tarquin experimented tirelessly with botanicals, eventually selecting 12 that included roots, spices, nuts, seeds, fruits, and flowers. The precise gin recipe was locked away, and production began with a small second-hand Portuguese alembic copper pot still named Tamara. The process was traditional and hands-on, with no machines or automation, reflecting Tarquin’s commitment to authenticity.
The gin production started, and the first batch was meticulously handcrafted and sold to the Gurnard Head Hotel in St. Ives, Cornwall, marking the official launch of Southwestern Distillery.
Two months later, Tarquin introduced ‘Cornish Pastis,’ the first-ever commercially distilled Pastis in the UK. Within the first year, Southwestern Distillery received recognition with a Gold medal for the Pastis and the Gin at prestigious international spirits awards.
In the following years, Southwestern Distillery continued to win Gold and Double Gold medals, and the distillery expanded to meet growing demand with the addition of more copper pot stills. Tarquin’s dedication to crafting exceptional spirits and maintaining authenticity remained at the core of his operation, solidifying the brand’s place on the craft-spirits map.
- Gold medal from the 2014 San Francisco World Spirits Awards
- Gold medal from the 2014 IWSC awards
- Title of “World’s Best Gin” at the 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition