The process of making Tarquin’s Gin begins when they gently steep hand-sorted botanicals in wheat spirit overnight. It is then distilled in a small pot still that’s heated by flame using a one shot method, with only 300 bottles made per batch. Tiny to say the least! During the eight hours of careful tinkering, monitoring and adjusting, only the heart of the run is collected for bottling (as, like with many distilleries they discard the heads and tails). Once cut with water sourced near Boscastle on the coast of North Cornwall, the gin is rested for several days after which Tarquin noses, tastes, hand fills, corks, seals and signs every bottle to leave the door.
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To taste, Tarquin’s Dry Gin is a well-balanced gin with all the classic botanicals coming through on both the nose and the palate. The juniper is prevalent – as it should be – but a strong lemony coriander reminds us of a deep pine forest on a hot Summer stroll – earthy notes and warm orange blossom faintly joining in. Tarquin‘s back garden Devon violets only come through after a couple of sips, but are balanced by the amount of citrusy and rooty/earthy botanicals found mingling around. Bottled at 42% ABV Tarquin’s Gin is very, very smooth and while the finish is short, it’s one of those gins that you’ll find yourself picking up for another sip in quick succession.