Today is World Gin Day, a global celebration of all things gin! You may be shocked to hear that this special day nearly passed me by! Don’t worry though, I have managed to catch the last couple of hours with a glass of gin (or three) firmly in my hand! What gin are you celebrating with I hear you cry! Well if the picture hasn’t already given it away, I will tell you…
Now I love gin, all gin, no gin is off limits to me if I am truly honest, or it wasn’t…until now! The parentals went on holiday to Cornwall in May and brought me back a wonderful gift of a bottle of Tarquin’s Handcrafted Cornish Dry Gin. To which there was much rejoicing from me, and no sharing of gin by me, to which I rejoiced some more (I don’t like to share!). 😉 The parentals went to Cornwall again recently and I
demanded asked nicely for a second bottle (mainly because the first bottle was empty) *ahem* on receipt of the said bottle I protected it more furiously than Gollum with The Ring! Here I am now alone (no sharing remember!) with this freshly opened bottle celebrating World Gin Day wondering where my next fix bottle will come from! (Amazon apparently…love my Prime membership!)
Southwestern Distillery are the makers of this amazing nectar and have to following to say about their products: “We are an independent, family company handcrafting gin and pastis in tiny batches (the old-fashioned way) by the coast of north Cornwall. At the heart of our process lies a special, flame-fired, copper pot still called Tamara, goddess of the Tamar. Together with a harmonious balance of precision and flair, we are able to produce spirits that are truly exceptional. Tarquin, our founder, pioneer and head distiller is so proud of what we create that he puts his name on every bottle.”
It may have Tarquin’s name on the bottle but I can assure you, this bottle of gin is all mine! 😉
What can I say about this stunning gin? Just that, it’s stunning! I don’t know if it’s the hand crafting and the fact that only 300 bottles are made in each batch, or the gorse flowers foraged from nearby clifftops or the Devon violets that are hand picked from the garden! I suspect it may be a combination of these plus an exceptionally labour-intensive distilling process that produces such an amazing gin. They also make pastis which I am now pretty desperate to try, and I need to see how I can get my hands on a special Tarquin’s gin glass which I believe will take my gin drinking to a whole new level!
My current glass (a crappy one from IKEA) is empty so I will have to stop typing to refill! All I have left to say is happy World Gin Day to all, and to all a good night!