For centuries, there has been no gin distilled in Cornwall and now, in the space of less than 6 weeks, two have been released. First place goes to Tarquin’s Dry Gin from the South Western Distillery, but I find it amazing that today’s featured gin, Elemental, was released so shortly afterwards.
Elemental Gin is produced at the Cornish Gin Distillery in Tregonetha near St Columb. It is made using neutral grain spirit and a mix of 12 botanicals, which include: Juniper, Coriander, Angelica, Cassia and Orris Root.
On its own
Nose: Juicy, with lime marmalade upfront, followed by vanilla and then some stalky lemongrass.
Taste: Coriander initially, with floral and citrus followed by some spice, angelica and, finally, juniper. There is some sweetness from a fennel/liquorice combination in the middle. Overall, this is a gin in a classic style with a citrus twist; it’s particularly easy to sip.
Gin & Tonic
Noticeably different to what I was expecting, with some earthy, herbal notes and hints of sweet spice, as well as a combination of liquorice, fennel and anise. Although the drink is sweet in the middle, the finish is long and dry.
A smooth Martini, with particular notes of coriander and liquorice/fennel. Smooth, with some sweetness and then a little saltiness at the end.
A good, strong Negroni with notes of floral citrus and coriander. There’s a good combination of bitter-sweetness and a nice, intense, bitter finish.
I find it very exciting that in the last month or so two gins have been launched from my ancestral homeland, but it is also nice to see that they have each gone their own way in terms of style; I think that this really illustrates why the rise of small, nimble producers is so exciting.