One fantastic new exhibitor making its Imbibe Live debut is Wrecking Coast, a gin which celebrates its Cornish heritage – and we’re not talking pasties!
Thankfully, the famous local ingredient the four friends who founded the Wrecking Coast Distillery – based in Tintagel, Cornwall – chose, was in fact clotted cream.
‘We had an idea of our gin providing a luxurious feel, smooth on the palate but remaining true to the core flavours of gin. From the outset we thought the icon of Cornwall, clotted cream, would provide that luxurious feel, the smoothness and add a subtle hint of vanilla,’ said master distiller Avian Sandercock.
The addition of fresh clotted cream to the distillation adds a smooth and velvety texture, creating a rich mouthfeel. Initial sweet vanilla aroma is well balanced with perfumed stone fruit and coriander seed, with a lingering butterscotch character providing extra length.
‘It was essential that we captured the velvety richness of the clotted cream, but this caused us a few challenges,’ continued Avian. ‘In the production of clotted cream, the cream is baked giving the iconic golden crust and smooth, firm cream beneath. But when heated the cream will separate and the flavours become more caramel than cream.
‘We found a solution by using a hand blown, glass vacuum still, built to our own specification, to distil the neutral spirit and fresh clotted cream mix. This results in a crystal clear spirit that retains the flavour of the cream, together with the velvety richness of the texture.’
To complete the product, local artist and Camelford Gallery owner John Blight was commissioned to provide a unique piece of art. This is the foundation of the gin’s label that is applied, numbered and signed by hand.
This is a gin for any kind of gin drinker – so head to Wrecking Coast’s stand to try the liquid on its own or in a signature Cornish G&T with fresh strawberries.
Meet the Wrecking Coast team at the spirit showcase