Cornish Gin & Distilleries in Cornwall
On This Page: Cornish Gin and Distillery directory, reviews and tasting notes, distillery tours in Cornwall, interviews with Cornish distillers, and industry insights.
Cornwall's history with spirits is long and exciting, from the harbours that saw gin and rum laden ships heading out on voyages and fishing trips, to the darker side with piracy and the smuggling of alcohol using Cornwall's rocky bays. Nowadays, through both quantity and quality of distilleries and spirits, Cornwall has put its name on the UK gin map in style, aided by local access to some wonderful coastal and rural botanicals. With an enticing list of gins being distilled in Cornwall and with several distilleries there being open for tours and tastings, we're spoilt for choice in getting a little taste of Cornwall.
Cornish Gin Reviews - A to Z
Pocketful of Stones Distillery was launched by 4 friends in the London pub and bar industry, with Shaun Bebington creating their first gin in the basement of his pub, The Lukin in Fitzrovia, before relocating to set up their distillery in Penzance, Cornwall. Their original gin, Caspyn Cornish Dry Gin, was launched in 2016 and has been followed by Caspyn Midsummer Gin and a range of other gins and spirits including Dr Squid Gin.
Elemental Cornish Gin
Elemental Gin was founded in 2013 and was one of the first gins to be distilled and bottled in Cornwall for over 300 years. In 2020, Nicki and Joe Woolley took the reins at the distillery and have introduced updated branding and bottles while maintaining the original recipe and processes. Elemental Gin is produced in the distillery at the bottom of their garden in four 40-litre traditional copper pot stills, with their range also including Raspberry, Spring Citrus and Apple editions.
Foy Gin is distilled at Fowey Valley Cidery & Distillery in Golant, on the banks for the River Fowey. Having started making hand-pressed cider over 30 years ago, founders Barrie and Geraldine Gibson established their commercial cidery in 2012 before launching Foy Gin in 2017. The gin is produced in 200L copper pot stills with the distillery's own base alcohol, and the distillery offers tours and tastings, gin making experiences and also cider making classes and tours.
Rosemullion Dry Gin was launched in 2019 as the signature gin of Rosemullion Distillery, established in Mawnan near Falmouth in Cornwall in 2018. The founders, Andy and Liz Bradbury, ferment their own base spirit for their range of gins and rums and combine this with local fruits and botanicals. Rosemullion Gin is made in 100 – 200 bottle batches in a copper pot still and the family-run distillery utilises Cornish rainwater for both fermentation and distillation.
For more Cornish gins, try: Atlantic Distillery Gin, Cornish Blue Flamingo Gin, Cornish Rock Gin, Curio Gin, Land of Saints Gin, Loveday Falmouth Gin, Padstow Gin, Porthilly Spirit Gin, Scilly Spirit Island Gin, St Ive's Gin, Tarquin's Gin, Trevethan Gin, Wrecking Coast Gin.
Gin Distilleries & Tours in Cornwall
Just a small number of distilleries in Cornwall are open to visitors for tours, tastings and gin school experiences, but they make for the ideal experience for gin lovers living in or visiting the county:
Meet the Makers
Get to know some of Cornwall's finest distillers in our 'Meet the Maker' interviews. Find out what inspired them and how they created and launched their gin, how it is made, what botanicals are used, how best to serve their gins, and what they have planned for the future:
Distillery Tour and Q&A
With Andy @ Rosemullion Distillery
In June 2020, Paul Jackson - Editor of The Gin Guide - caught up with Andy Bradbury at Rosemullion on Instagram Live to find out all about their spirits and to have a look around the distillery: