Tarquin's British Strawberry & Zesty Lime Gin 35cl
A modern take on a fruit lead dry gin with a touch of strawberries and lime!
The taste is of an intial hit of wild strawberry, fresh juniper and a hint of cracked black pepper whilst the aroma remails crisp, with fragrance of juniper still prominent as the backbone of the gin, with notes of zesty lime, orange blossom and warm spice. Lastly, a sweet finish of candied strawberry jam and sweet marmalade. It retains a lovely dryness to the finish due to zero added sugar.
At the heart of our distilling process lies Tarquin’s three 250 litre hand-beaten copper pot-stills.
When it’s time to create our Tarquin’s Strawberry & Lime Gin, they first start the process of distilling the flagship Tarquin’s Cornish Dry Gin as the base. To do this, 11 of the botanicals are added to our stills (with the exception of the violets, strawberries and limes) and left to macerate overnight in a wheat based neutral grain spirit.
In the morning, Tarquin simply adds the missing violets to complete the botanical recipe, and then it’s time to fire up the stills.As the stills heat up, Tarquin is constantly monitoring the process, nosing and tasting as the distilled spirit comes off the still at different temperatures. They collect only the purest ‘heart of the distillation’ (achieved when the still has reached the magic temperature of 78’c), collecting and setting aside the ‘heads’ and ‘tails’ cuts (the first and last parts of the distillation) that don’t make the most selective taste and texture grade.
Post distillation, this ‘hearts cut’ (around 76% abv neat Gin) is lovingly infused with the most brilliant strawberries and limes we can lay our hands on. We patiently let this infuse until Tarquin feels the balance is just right. Finally, they cut the gin with de-mineralized Cornish spring water to bring it down to the desired 38% abv.
Every single bottle is then individually hand-filled, hand-labelled, dipped into a slow-cooker filled with paraffin wax, stamped with our Puffin logo, given batch tasting notes and then individually hand-signed.