A Cornish gin which tastes like clotted cream has won a worldwide award and is so popular its makers are struggling to keep up with demand
its makers are setting their sites on exporting it.
Wrecking Coast Distillery at Tintagel is the home of the ‘Cornwall in a bottle’ Clotted Cream Gin which it is now looking to sell overseas.
The distillery which was set up in 2016 has already moved to bigger premises, investing in high-tech vacuum stills from Holland and continuing to try “to play catch with demand”.
The distillery started out producing some 200 bottles of clotted cream gin per month but sales have gone through the roof and it now produces 1,000 bottles a month.
Making clotted cream gin takes longer than a classic dry gin. While the latter might take three days to bottle, the former takes up to four weeks as the clotted cream needs to be distilled in a separate glass vacuum still.
Co-founder Craig Penn said production will have to increase further after Wrecking Coast’s Clotted Cream Gin picked up an international gold award.
He said: “We were in the top five in the Gin Super Premium category. The awards are global with entries from outside of the UK.
“We were the only Cornish gin to have won the award. It is a blind tasting so it is all about the actual taste, feel and quality of the spirit. Each judge marks against a set and tight criteria.
“To obtain gold you need each of those judges to award you 80% and above, so for us that is remarkable.”
Mr Penn said one area of growth for Wrecking Coast was the international market.
He added: “We are looking at the export market as our next step so a global award will certainly help us break through some barriers in other markets.”
Source: Cornwall Live