Tarquin’s Cornish Gin (Southwestern Distillery) was established in 2012 by Founder and Master Distiller, Tarquin Leadbetter, back when he was merely 23 years old. As a fully-independent, family-run business Southwestern Distillery is Cornwall’s first distillery in over 100 years.
Nestled on a windswept hilltop overlooking the Wild Cornish Coast, Tarquin and his team proudly champion a distilling ethos of the authentically traditional and the progressively modern. At the heart of the distilling process lie Tarquin’s three 250 litre hand-beaten copper pot stills – Tamara, Senara & Tressa.
They‘re all fired by flame and sealed at the joints with bread dough. The newest addition to the distillery is Ferarra – a state of the art, one-of-a-kind 500 litre copper still. Together, Tarquin uses them to create his internationally award-winning spirits (including “World’s Best Gin” at the 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Awards, for his Tarquin’s “The seadog” Navy Gin 57% abv).
At every stage of the distillation process Tarquin meticulously monitors every variable; tweaking, nosing and tasting as he goes. Post distillation, every single bottle that leaves the distillery has been filled, labelled, waxed, stamped and signed by hand. On the side of every single bottle you’ll see a batch number, signature and batch tasting notes. When Tarquin say: ‘Handcrafted in Cornwall’ – he really does mean it.