Co-founders Howard Davies and Angus Lugsdin met teaching sailing in Salcombe over 20 years ago. Since launching Salcombe Gin ‘Start Point’ last Summer they have proved unique and more than just a gin, building a distillery, a bar serving ‘Salcombe & Tonics overlooking the water and won gold in the World Drinks Awards in December, a huge accolade for this new brand. In March they are due to launch the first Gin School in the South West of England at their premises in Island Street, Salcombe.
Using only the finest hand sourced ingredients, Salcombe Gin is made using thirteen carefully selected botanicals distilled in 60 litre beautiful copper stills with English wheat spirit and blended with pure Dartmoor water. The end result is a gin of extraordinary quality and elegance with no compromise. In its stylish packaging, with a nautical theme, it’s the gin everyone will want to have on their shelves in 2017.
Perfect served on its own over ice or with a premium tonic water accompanied by a slice of ruby red grapefruit to complement the rich and warm citrus notes, Salcombe Gin also makes a cracking dry Martini with a twist of red grapefruit peel.
Inspired by the history of the Salcombe ‘Fruiters’, locally built sailing vessels which imported citrus fruits and spices to England from the Azores, West Indies and Mediterranean in the 19th century, Salcombe Gin is distilled with a precise blend of ruby grapefruit, lemon and lime peels to give their gin a refreshing citrus edge. These citrus fruits are hand peeled every morning immediately prior to distillation for extra freshness to ensure citrus oils are captured at their best. Liquorice adds a touch of sweetness and green cardamom lengthens the finish without ever being overly dominant, whilst chamomile flowers and bay leaf provide a balanced floral note.
These citrus flavours and floral aromas work in harmony with the heady, earthy and resinous pine notes of the finest Macedonian juniper and combine wonderfully with the warming spiced citrus notes from English coriander seeds. Cubeb berries from Java provide fruity peppery heat balanced with warming spice from cinnamon bark.
Of utmost importance and often overlooked in gin distillation is the quality of the water used. Salcombe Gin use some of the purest and softest water in England, originating from high up in the wilds of Dartmoor National Park. This naturally soft water means no water softeners are required at any step of the process, resulting in a stunningly refreshing, yet characteristically smooth gin.
Salcombe Gin is created using the one shot method, according to the ‘London Dry’ standard.
ABV 44.8% by volume 70cl bottle
PER BOTTLE £37.50 (inc VAT)