Southwestern Distillery – Artisan Spirits Handcrafted In Cornwall


Tarquin’s Labour Of Love

  • September 11, 2013

In these modern times, we buy a lot of imported and mass-produced items, products and artefacts. Our technological advances also mean that we can communicate with people all over the world instantaneously.

craft-gin-botanicalsHowever, it often comes at the expense of the personal touch, as we become more detached in our interactions both in business and in our personal lives. Many businesses have recognised this and are trying to counteract it – even supermarket food sometimes has the farmers’ names on the packaging.

The artisan movement in food and drink takes this much further. It is all about bringing back the personal touch, quality, passion, skill, meaning and magic.

Behind each product lies a pure and creative vision. Every stage of the process is done with enthusiasm – the selection of fine ingredients, the attention during the process, the packaging and the final presentation to others.

By returning to basic, traditional and non-mechanised methods it is a labour intensive process, directed by the dedicated craftsmen with a profound understanding of their craft.

“A person who uses his hands is a laborer.
A person who uses his hands and his head is a craftsman.
A person who uses his hands, his head, and his heart is an artist.”
-Louis Nizer

This is also our vision. Our products are created by Tarquin himself and each one is the result of genuine love. When you drink our spirits you can appreciate his vision brought to life. His perfected recipes were conceived of especially for spirits enthusiasts.

barrels-of-botanicalsThe key things in Tarquin’s mind were:

– integrity

– balance

– a vibrant and invigorating experience

– a smooth and silky drink (for 100% pleasure)

This is why Tarquin’s name is on every bottle.

Everything takes place at our Westcountry distillery – from distillation to bottling and hand finishing each bottle. Batch by batch, we complete the process from start to finish.

Our one-shot distillation process, where we don’t blend it with a pre-made concentrate or concoction, means that every batch is ever so slightly different. We celebrate the fact that each batch is in some way unique by writing the tasting notes and batch number on the side of every bottle.

After all, we believe the human touch in everything is absolutely crucial for superiority.

[September 15th 2013 by Athene]