South West’s first gin school opens in Salcombe

Salcombe Distilling Co is launching the South West’s first ever Gin School so that trade and consumer fans can learn about the art of distillation and what it takes to produce a well-balanced and harmonious gin.

Students will be given the opportunity to take charge of a copper mini still to develop and distil their own 70cl bottle of gin and will be able to pick from a range of botanicals or bring their own to experiment with. The distiller will guide them step-by-step through the distillation process and explain how to produce a delicious gin.

Co-founder of the gin school Angus Lugsdin said the new gin school has been set up to offer gin education in a fun and relaxed environment. “Howard and I have always been fascinated by the distilling process and enjoyed experimenting with different botanicals,” Angus said. “We wanted to give others the opportunity to make their own gin. The trend for gin is still on the increase with new gin lists popping up in restaurants and bars all over the country.”

Since launching Salcombe Gin Start Point last summer, founders Howard Davies and Angus Lugsdin have installed a state-of-the-art still at their new distillery, created a bar serving Salcombe Gin cocktails overlooking the water and are now introducing the Gin School experience. There’s been a whirlwind of activity and success for this new handcrafted gin inspired by the sea, including a gold in the World Drinks Awards in December.

Produced using 13 carefully selected botanicals, Salcombe Gin is distilled in a copper pot still with English wheat spirit and blended with pure Dartmoor water. The gin should be served on its own over ice or with a premium tonic water accompanied by a slice of ruby red grapefruit to complement the rich and warm citrus notes, or as a dry Martini with a twist of red grapefruit peel.

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