Constantine Cornwall

Gin & Tonic Tasting

What could be better than a Gin & Tonic Tasting evening, especially when produced locally by Curio Spirits Co, Mullion on the Lizard. Director Rubina Tyler-Street and husband William wanted to produce a local gin with “flavours” of Cornwall. Starting in her mother-in-law’s kitchen in Mullion, 10 years ago, foraging in the local countryside and cliffs, experimenting with rock sam- phire, seaweed etc, they eventually produced their first batch of seven bottles ready for consumption. With help from friends with a knowledge of gin, evening tastings, and Craft & Food Markets, they were eventually awarded a Licence although they were turned down at first because they were “too small”.

Expanding very slowly, firstly into a shed in the field, adding a container later for storage, they are
now in a large unit at Porthkerris, still keeping the foraging for botanicals to locations on the Lizard. English wheat grains are used for all their products and while other brand gins are made using “traditional hot” compounding, they use cold compounding, giving contemporary finish and flavours.

Conscious of waste disposal, their attractive bottles are made of recycled glass, obviously recyclable again. The labels are paper based. The only non-recyclable item is the seal which they are working on.

From a very small beginning selling at markets and tastings, they are now in many local shops/supermarkets, John Lewis in London, exporting to Jersey, Hong Kong and Canada, with a view to gain buyers in Americaverysoon. Alsogainingmany food and drink awards starting with BBC Good Food Champions in their first year, continuing to present day with Blueberry Gin winning GBF award this year.

Rubina was thanked and “toasted” very warmly by Dominique and all the “happy” members for a very interesting insight into craft gin!!

Our meeting continued with much giggling and members were thanked for help at the village Community Day, and clearing & painting one of our storage rooms. Several members had also helped in Bosahan Woods improving access, footpaths etc.