Tarquin’s Cornish Gin is welcoming guests back to its north Cornwall distillery for a visit to its brand new Gin School – with an extra-personal twist.
Opened in a listed building on Padstow harbour at the start of October, the school offers a hands-on distilling experience inspired by founder Tarquin Leadbetter’s own journey – learning how to make gin on a stove top at home.
To make their gins truly unique, visitors are encouraged to bring their own botanicals, from homegrown herbs to foraged fruits. They will then be coached through the production process, choosing and measuring botanicals, distilling on mini copper pot stills, then labelling, signing and waxing their bottles by hand and adding individual tasting notes.
Tarquin Leadbetter, founder and master distiller at Southwestern Distillery, said: “I set up the distillery almost a decade ago now with the dream of distilling a few bottles in the morning then going surfing in the afternoon; with our new Padstow Gin School that is now a reality for everyone. We’ll even share a few trade secrets in our masterclasses!”
Initially opening for socially distanced groups of six, Tarquin’s Gin School – The Masterclass will be hosted every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 12-2.30pm. Tickets cost £85 per person and include Tarquin’s Gin and tonic tastings, an introduction to Tarquin’s processes and experiments, and a 70cl bottle of your personalised gin to take home. You can purchase tickets on the Tarquin’s website.