Who scored gold for the best gin of 2018?

With so many beautiful bottles that have gone out this month, the scores were pretty tight from the member surveys we send out for each gin! However, there is a winner...

The spirit that has blown our members away is very special...exclusively distilled for Craft Gin Club and encased in a beautiful bottle, the winner of the best gin of 2018 is...

Tarquin's Cornish Christmas Gin


December's Gin of the Month has gone down an absolute storm with our members, who have voted it their favourite gin of the year!

Tarquin Leadbetter, head distiller and founder of Southwestern Distillery wanted Craft Gin Club members to experience the familiar quality that they’ve come to expect with any Tarquin’s product, but with a warm festive cheer to this one and when Tarquin was first approached by Jon and John to make a special Christmas surprise for Craft Gin Club members, he knew exactly what kind of spirit he was aiming to create.

To make a gin that evoked the warm nostalgia of a Christmas spent in Cornwall, Tarquin and his team started with the botanical blend of their original Cornish Dry Gin. Then, taking inspiration from the ingredients they love cooking with as the festive season approaches, they built a spirit rich with the flavours of this magical time of the year.

Tarquin has added the rich warmth of Christmas spices, like cinnamon, clove and allspice. The festive zing of clementine zest lifts the citrus notes, but it’s tonka bean that Tarquin is particularly happy to have added.

He says, “This botanical gives the gin a rounded sweetness, but also brings some lovely vanilla, dark chocolate and roast coffee notes, which all complement each other to create a very balanced, but also playful spirit.”

42% ABV


Juniper, Green Cardamom, Nutmeg, Star Anise, Ginger, Allspice, Bitter Almond, Tonka Beans, Fresh Grapefruit Zest, Fresh Clementine Zest, Fresh Lemon Zest, Violet, Coriander Seed, Liquorice Root, Cinnamon, Clove, Orris Root, Angelica Root

Tasting Notes

Zesty clementine peel, spiced Christmas cake and frangipane on the nose. Crisp, piny juniper and mulled winter fruit up front on the pallet with top notes of sweet cinnamon and fragrant cloves. Finish of orange marmalade, cinnamon buns and eastern spice on the finish.

Perfect Serve

To make the perfect Tarquin’s Cornish Christmas Gin and Tonic, fill a class with ice and add 50ml of gin, then the premium tonic of your choice. Garnish with a slice of orange and a cinnamon stick and enjoy!

This exclusive gin is simply beautiful – a perfect Christmas treat, stunning as a gin and tonic but also versatile enough to elevate any Christmas cocktail you fancy and member's were thrilled:

“A real fitting gin for the this time of year and a good representation of the Cornish coast!”

“It was absolutely delicious. We paired it with Fevertree's clementine and cinnamon tonic, I could drink it all day... (probably best not to though).”

“Real subtle balanced flavours”

“Superb festive addition to the great Tarquins line up”

“A lovely gin in every way. Presentation and taste 10/10 one of my favourites from the year. You saved the best till last for 2018 x”

“It's like Christmas in a glass! The best gin I've had in ages! Also loved getting the Family to try it and making cocktails with it from the mag!”

“Tastes delightfully decadent”

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