A trio of Cornish gin enthusiasts who clubbed together over England’s first Covid-19 lockdown to launch a micro-distillery have released their first spirit.
Loveday Falmouth Dry Gin, from the Falmouth Distilling Co, is produced with locally foraged botanicals and bottled with hand-finished labels at the distillery on Cornwall’s south coast.
Chefs Daisy Hillier and Chloe Gillatt and scientist Ruth Warfield came together in spring 2020 with the idea of starting their own distillery. Combining their backgrounds in recipe development, design and alcohol production, they began experimenting to create the recipe for their gin. The final recipe includes locally gathered samphire, fennel and bell heather, which the team says gives the gin a bright, savoury flavour profile.
Gillatt said: “Falmouth has been our inspiration for this first offering. The landscape, food, art, people and goings-on are what made us all move here years ago, so a celebration of our hometown seemed like the perfect place to start. The breezy, coastal-inspired flavour of the gin, the locally foraged ingredients and the lino-printed label artwork are all a nod to this beautiful place we call home.
“Working together on this project has been our silver lining to the upheaval of the past year. We felt lucky to be able to get our heads down and keep busy applying for all our licences, getting the distillery up and running and perfecting the flavour of Loveday Falmouth Dry over lockdown.
“We’ve been overwhelmed at the response so far, with our first batch selling out in just two weeks. Seeing our gin on shelves and hearing brilliant feedback from customers is just about the best reward I can think of for all the hectic months we’ve spent creating it.”
Loveday Falmouth Dry Gin is available in 70cl and 20cl bottles through falmouthdistilling.com.