Salcombe Gin 'Start Point'
Launched in July 2016, by Howard Davies & Angus Lugsdin from inception to production was a two-year process, 18 months of which was spent developing the recipe They also used this time to build a distillery, which – by coincidence alone – is built on the site of the boat repair yard that used to belong to the sailing club they met at. As a result, theirs, they proudly proclaim, is one of the few distilleries in the world that can be reached directly by boat.
The recipe that made the final cut is one formed of juniper, fresh grapefruit, lemon and lime peels, coriander, cinnamon, cardamom, cubeb, liquorice, chamomile, bay leaves, orris and angelica.
The citruses do more than add flavour to the gin; they also tell the story of the Salcombe Fruiters, copper bottomed boats that were responsible for importing over 80% of fresh citrus fruits that landed in England in the 19th Century. These boats were not only built in Salcombe, they were crewed by local men and make up a large, yet largely forgotten, part of the town’s history. The Salcombe Gin team, realising just how well this story would tie Salcombe’s history in with their desired flavour profile, set to work tracing the old trading routes, and now – where they can – source their citrus fruits from countries on the map.