Tarquin’s Gin – The mastermind behind Tarquin’s Hand Sanitiser
In response to concerns about the availability of hand sanitiser, our trusted Cornish gin providers, Tarquin’s Gin, decided to switch its production from spirits to sanitiser in support of frontline workers in the community, free of charge. We caught wind of this immense generosity and decided to find out more about Tarquin’s Gin from founder and self-taught Master Distiller, Tarquin Leadbetter.
We champion the most traditional techniques alongside progressively modern approaches in all we do. Established back in 2012, we are underpinned by an ethos of creative expression and innovation, all of our gins celebrate the Cornish heritage and our desire to share our craft.
Employing a team of over 35 people, Tarquin is committed to high quality, hand-crafted spirits, ensuring that every bottle that leaves the distillery has been lovingly waxed, stamped and signed by hand.
Beginning his journey with Cornish Dry Gin, Tarquin dedicated a year of experimentation to create the perfect gin to mix with tonic or create a martini; Juniper-led with lots of fresh citrus and a light floral note from violets he originally picked in his back garden. It is a truly beautiful gin, perfectly balanced and light; try it with a light tonic, a slice of grapefruit and sprig of thyme.
Having won multiple international spirits awards, the Cornish Dry remains the staple for this distillery and the backbone of all gins that Tarquin has produced; most notably, the SeaDog Navy Strength Gin, originally made in a limited batch by Tarquin for the 771 Squadron Search & Rescue at Culdrose Navy Base. Tarquin received such positive feedback for this limited edition gin that he continued production and entered it into the World Spirit Awards, winning World’s Best Gin in 2017 and truly putting his little distillery on the world stage.
Tarquin keeps things simple for his other products, using the Dry gin as the backbone of a selection of Fruit Gins. Combining fresh fruit juices which balance each other perfectly; Blackberry and Cornish Wildflower Honey, Rhubarb and Raspberry, Strawberry and Lime, each created in a balance of sweet and sour, tart and refreshing. Perfect with a light tonic, ginger ale or soda, these fruit gins are all 38%, and create fantastic tall drinks. Avoiding artificial flavours, colours and additives, these variants have become incredibly popular in the wake of gin’s growth in popularity and appeal to more drinkers.
Tarquin continues to experiment. His extensive selection of annual limited editions and collaborations with local Cornish businesses is a testament to his original ethos; small-batch, hand-crafted spirits that celebrate Cornish heritage using the best of high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients.
Tarquin’s is supplying the first batch of hand sanitiser – over 100 litres – to the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation, which will then be distributed to Community hospitals across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Made to an approved World Health Organisation recipe and infused with Tarquin’s signature gin botanical essences – juniper and orange – designed to lift the spirits, of those most in need.
Tarquin Leadbetter, founder and master distiller added: “We’re all in this together and if we can help our local community in this struggle, then that’s absolutely fantastic. My older brother is an NHS doctor and I’m so proud to be able to support, in our own small way, the incredible job they are doing”.