A taste of the Cornish coast in a bottle

Talland Bay Hotel launches the “UK’s first single-estate gin” made with local ingredients, several foraged from its own coastal gardens

Talland Bay Gin No 1, £40 for 50cl
Talland Bay Gin No 1, £40 for 50cl

The West Country’s seemingly unstoppable march towards becoming the centre of boutique gin-making in the UK – see our articles on Wicked Wolf and Salcombe Voyager – continues this month with the launch of Talland Bay No 1, said to be Cornwall's first “single-estate” gin to be commissioned by a hotel.

Several of the gin’s botanical ingredients are foraged from the Talland Bay Hotel’s gardens
Several of the gin’s botanical ingredients are foraged from the Talland Bay Hotel’s gardens

The claim is made by the owners of Cornwall’s award-winning Talland Bay Hotel, which has collaborated with the Colwith Farm distillery that produces the base spirit from its own potato crop before adding a suitable range of botanicals – some of which are foraged from the hotel’s coastal gardens.

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Tasting a couple of pre-launch miniatures – one neat with ice and the other mixed with a good-quality tonic water – revealed a clean and markedly floral spirit that (perhaps through autosuggestion) seems to convey nicely the fresh and windswept ambience of Talland Bay’s clifftop. Definitely not deduced via autosuggestion, however, was a powerful overtone reminiscent of amaretto and therefore, to my mind, that most festive of bread products – panettone. The gin is also presented in a modern apothecary-style bottle.

A Talland Bay Gin No 1 and tonic at the hotel
A Talland Bay Gin No 1 and tonic at the hotel

So if you’re partial to a palate-bracing G&T before tucking into a hearty Christmas lunch, perhaps a bottle of Talland Bay No 1 should be on your yuletide shopping list? But you’ll need to act quickly to secure a bottle before December 25 – it’s only available direct from the hotel (£40 for 50cl, including postage and packing).

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