What did you do before creating Rosemullion Distillery and gins?
Between us we have more than 40 years of experience as industrial chemists - which is where our knowledge for the fermentation and distillation process comes from.
What made you decide to create your distillery and gins?
We’ve always been fans of great quality gin, and one Christmas Liz bought me a small still so that I could have a go for myself. It started out as a bit of fun, but we were getting some great feedback from friends and family that tried our concoctions. So the seed of an idea was planted. In everything we do, we try to combine our solid scientific knowledge with genuine passion. And this is producing some great results.
Can you tell us more about the distillation process & botanicals?
We are one of a very small number of distilleries in the area which creates its own base spirits from scratch, rather than simply flavouring purchased industrial spirits. This gives us total control, and the opportunity to experiment. So we have a number of fermenters and handmade copper pot still.
Our Dry Gin uses carefully-selected botanicals, including juniper, coriander, angelica root, liquorice, and black pepper. The Summer Gin is a traditional juniper gin with a kick of citrus and local Cornish ingredients summer fruits - including redcurrant, raspberry, blackberry, blackcurrant - and a hint of mint. The water used in the process is harvested Cornish rainwater.
What have been the biggest challenges and achievements so far?
Bringing together the bottles, labels & stoppers in a timely manner (!) to produce a package that could match the products that go into them.
How would you describe your gins in 3 words?
Bold, Authentic, Classic
What's your favourite way to drink your gins?
The Dry Gin is very versatile and can support highly flavoured tonics to suit all palates. Liz likes it simply with Indian tonic and grapefruit. For our Summer Gin, we’d always recommend a good quality lighter tonic, so you don’t mask the delicious fruity flavours. With a few raspberries as garnish
What gins would you always have on your gin shelf (other than your own of course!)?
209 Gin, Tanqueray Gin, and Trevethan Gin.
What's next for Rosemullion - any exciting plans?
We’ll be releasing some new gins in the coming months. In the autumn we will be creating a Harvest Gin, made with local autumnal fruits. And we’re working on an exciting gin with Cornish seaweed - so watch this space!