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In a Nutshell
Cornish Pastis is a modern take on the French anise classic, and the first of its kind to be created in the UK.
A modern take on the Frech classic, distilled in small batches using a copper pot still. Flavours of gorse and orange zest sit happily alongside the traditional aniseed, star anise and liquorice.
To make both our gin and pastis, we gently steep our hand-sorted botanicals in wheat spirit overnight before warming to distilling temperature in the morning.
During eight hours or so of careful tendering, monitoring and adjusting, we collect only the heart of the run for bottling, discarding the first and last portions (heads and tails). Once rested for several days (even un-barreled spirits need a bit of time to develop) we nose, taste, hand fill, sign, cork, seal and inspect every bottle to leave our door. The result of our process is a perfect spirit, and each tiny batch has its own completely unique character.
Southwestern Distillery was founded in 2013 with the aim of making great tasting spirits with integrity. Head distiller, Tarquin Leadbetter, uses traditional techniques, quality ingredients and old-fashioned equipment to achieve this.