We are an independent, family company handcrafting Gin and Pastis in small batches (the old-fashioned way) by the coast of north Cornwall.

At the heart of our process lies a special, flame-fired, copper pot still called Tamara, goddess of the Tamar.

Together with a harmonious balance of precision and flair, we are able to produce spirits that are truly exceptional.

Tarquin, our founder, pioneer and head distiller is so proud of what we create that he puts his name on every bottle.


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01841 540121

Southwestern Distillery, Higher Trevibban Farm, St Ervan, Wadebridge, Cornwall. PL27 7SH.

Please note that we are not yet open to visitors – there is no shop and we do not offer tours. We will update you if this changes.


Cornwall’s first Gin for over a century.


Gold medal winner at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2016.


Gold award winner at the International Wine & Spirits Competition – IWSC 2014.

A contemporary take on a classic London Dry, we use fragrant handpicked Devon violets and fresh orange zest to deliver an aromatic sensation unlike any other.

We like to think the result is comparable to stumbling upon a beautiful orange blossom in the middle of a crisp, dry pine forest.

Only the best and most pure spirit (the heart) makes it into Tarquin’s Gin, which is diluted to bottling strength at 42% with Cornish spring water.


One unusual ingredient is the Devon violet. From these I take the delicate leaves, which add a vibrant green freshness to the gin and create something deliciously unique.”

– Tarquin, Head Distiller


Cornish GIn 70-30


Our juniper is from Kosovo, it is fresh and earthy/woody, but also quite floral. To complement, we use lemon-sherberty coriander seeds from Bulgaria, rather than the hot and spicy Moroccon variety.

The citrus notes come from the fresh fruit zests of sweet orange, lemon and grapefruit, from wherever they are in season.

We also use angelica root from Poland, orris root from Morocco, green cardamom seeds from Guatemala, bitter almond from Morocco, cinnamon from Madagascar, liquorice root from Uzbekistan. And Devon violets from the garden.





Quin and Tonic
1 part Tarquin’s Gin to 4 parts tonic, with lots of ice. We like ours most with a wedge of lime.


Martini The timeless classic
5 parts Tarquin’s Gin, 1 part dry vermouth. We like ours with a lemon twist.


Cornish Martini
Same as above, but with a drop of our Cornish Pastis. Absolutely delicious.



The UK’s first Pastis, ever.


Double Gold medal winner at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2016.


Cornish Pastis is a modern take on the French anise classic, and the first of its kind to be created in the UK.

Foraged gorse flowers from the Atlantic clifftops and fresh orange zest help to deliver its fresh, invigorating and unique aroma.

Distilled just like our gin and then finished off with a touch of liquorice root for colour, the drink is silky smooth and absolutely spectacular.
Anise, orange and coconut is an absolutely classic combination in cooking/patisserie. And the gorse is able to mimic the coconut notes ever-so-slightly, making this unusual blend work in complete harmony.” 

– Tarquin, Head Distiller

Cornish Pastis 70-30  

We use green aniseed and sweet fennel seeds from Turkey, along with star anise from China and liquorice root from Uzbekistan, to create the fragrant backbone of our silky-smooth pastis.

The citrus aromas come from the fresh fruit zests of sweet orange, lemon and grapefruit, from wherever they are in season.

We also add angelica root from Poland, orris root from Morocco, green cardamom seeds from Guatemala, juniper berries from Kosovo and cinnamon from Madagascar for a depth of flavour and experience. And foraged gorse flowers from the nearby clifftops.





Cornish Pastis and Water
1 part Cornish Pastis to 2+ chilled mineral water. Ice is optional.


Cornish Pastis and Orange
1 part Cornish Pastis and 5 parts orange juice. Lots of ice. Try serving it up in a wine glass for a fuller aroma.


Cornish Martini
Add a drop to your traditional Gin Martini to experience something quite remarkable!



The vision behind our small Cornish distillery is to make great-tasting spirits with integrity.

We aim to do this by going back to basics: using traditional techniques, quality ingredients and old-fashioned equipment.

We believe the human touch in everything is absolutely crucial for superiority.


Our copper pot still is fired by flame and judged by eye.

Our botanicals are selected by sight and feel.

Our bottles are all individually filled, corked, sealed, labelled, numbered and waxed by hand.

Our spirits are rigorously tested by nose and taste.


Testing by nose  Handcrafted  Flame fired

BOTANICALS  Tamara copper still  a-family-company


What do we do differently to make our spirits taste better?

There are only 300 bottles created in each batch, often it is less. This means we can give the proper care and attention needed to turn every bottle into something really quite brilliant.

Our still is fired by flame. The myriad of micro reactions in the pot where the copper meets the fire achieves an incredible level of complexity.

We do a one-shot distillation, which means exactly the right blend of botanicals is used in every run to make an entirely finished spirit. Extravagant, but uncompromising.


Everyone knows that the best botanicals make the best gin and pastis.

That is why we get most of ours from a lovely chap called David, a botanical expert who has spent the last 30 years trawling the globe to source the best herbs and spices around.

Our fresh citrus fruit is sourced from all around the world, depending on where they are perfectly ripe and in season.

We grow our own Devon violets for Tarquin’s Gin.

And forage for gorse flowers on the blustery clifftops of Cornwall for our Cornish Pastis.



By-handEach one of our bottles receives an extraordinary amount of personal attention.

To make both our gin and pastis, we gently steep our hand-sorted botanicals in wheat spirit overnight before warming to distilling temperature in the morning.

During eight hours or so of careful tendering, monitoring and adjusting, we collect only the heart of the run for bottling, discarding the first and last portions (heads and tails).

Once rested for several days (even un-barreled spirits need a bit of time to develop) we nose, taste, hand fill, sign, cork, seal and inspect every bottle to leave our door.

The result of our process is a perfect spirit, and each tiny batch has its own completely unique character.

After a rigorous assessment, Tarquin handwrites his own tasting notes on every single bottle.


WaterWe distill our Tarquin’s Gin and Cornish Pastis with naturally sweet, local Cornish water.

It is quite probably the freshest water in England.

Having fallen as virgin rain on the first dry land after an epic 2000 mile journey across the Atlantic.

The soft Cornish water contributes to our spirits’ unique quality.


Say hello to the distiller.
Please note that we are not yet open to visitors – there is no shop and we do not offer tours. We will update you if this changes.  





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Christopher Piper Wines – Ottery St Mary

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PM Wine Cellar – Taunton

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SH Jones – Bicester, Oxford, Leamington Spa

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St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre Shop – St Austell

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Toscanaccio – Winchester

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Trevilley Farm Shop – Newquay

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Wine in Cornwall – Redruth

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Bellinis – Bude

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Ellis Wharton Wines – Par

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Mounts Bay Wine Company – Penzance

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PM Wine Cellar – Taunton

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St Andrews Wine Company – St Andrews

St Austell Brewery – St Austell

Tasting Room – Bath

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Wadebridge Wines – Wadebridge

Wine in Cornwall – Penryn

WineOneHundred – Oxted

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