The results are in! The final achievements of the World Drinks Awards 2017 were announced at a lunch during the Whiskies & Spirits Conference on 30 March 2017 at the Waldorf Hotel in London. South Devon’s Salcombe Distilling Co. is once again celebrating success with two more impressive wins.
In addition to Gold awarded at the prestigious World Drinks Awards last December, hand distilled ‘Start Point’ Gin scooped a further two awards for World’s Best Gin in the Technical Excellence and Premium Design sub categories. An impressive accolade for this new brand launched in July 2016, in a category against hundreds of other spirits from around the world.
The co-founders of Salcombe Distilling Co. are Angus Lugsdin and Howard Davies. Commenting on the award wins, Angus says: “We were delighted at the end of last year when Salcombe Gin was awarded a Gold in the internationally renowned World Drinks Awards. To then be given these two further awards is beyond brilliant.” Angus continues: “When we set out to make the world’s best classic London Dry style gin we had no idea that we would start hitting this point in such a short space of time.”
Howard adds: “It is a real testament to our hardworking team in Salcombe and a fantastic reward for all the time, energy and dedication which has gone into creating Salcombe Gin.”
In addition to this award-winning gin, Salcombe Distilling Co. also has a bar overlooking the Salcombe estuary and has recently launched a Gin School where the curious gin lover can develop and distil their very own bottle of gin.
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 ‘Start Point’ 44% 70cl bottle (£37.50) is available to buy nationwide from various retailers including Fortnum & Mason, farm shops, food halls and delicatessens plus from the Salcombe Gin website www.salcombegin.com and can be purchased directly at the distillery.
For those looking for the perfect gift for the gin connoisseur then they need look no further than a beautiful handmade wooden gift box containing a bottle of Salcombe Gin ‘Start Point’ and an elegant pair of engraved Dartington Crystal tumblers for the ‘perfect serve’ of Salcombe Gin (£65).
For more information about Salcombe Gin visit www.salcombegin.com,
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