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Tarquins Cornish Pastis

Tarquins Cornish Pastis

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Embark on a Cornish Adventure: A Detailed Exploration of Tarquin's Cornish Pastis

Unveiling a British First: Tarquin's Cornish Pastis

Nestled on the dramatic Cornish coast lies Tarquin's Distillery, the maverick producer behind a revolutionary spirit – Tarquin's Cornish Pastis. This anise-infused liqueur breaks new ground, being the first of its kind ever crafted in the UK.  For those familiar with the French classic, Pastis, Tarquin's Cornish Pastis offers a captivating twist, boasting locally foraged botanicals and a uniquely British character.

A Feast for the Senses: A Guided Tasting

Nose:  The first encounter is an aromatic revelation. Candied black liquorice takes centre stage, a classic characteristic of Pastis. However, Tarquin's Cornish Pastis elevates the experience with a burst of freshness. Zest of sun-ripened Cornish oranges dances alongside, offering a touch of citrusy vibrancy.  As you delve deeper, subtle whispers of freshly picked garden herbs emerge, adding a touch of earthy complexity.  A hint of gentle black pepper spice lingers in the background, hinting at the spirit's depth.

Palate:  The smooth journey continues on the tongue. Clean, fresh green fennel mingles with the promised liquorice sweetness, creating a harmonious balance. Fragrant orange blossom weaves its magic, leaving a touch of floral perfume.  A delightful herbal complexity unfolds, showcasing the influence of the Cornish botanicals. The texture is surprisingly rich and creamy, with a well-rounded mouthfeel.

Finish:  The finale is as impressive as the introduction. The spirit lingers on the palate, offering a very full-bodied experience.  Despite the creamy texture, a delightful dryness emerges, keeping the finish refreshingly clean.  Citrus notes intertwine with a gentle warming spice and a hint of natural sweetness, leaving a lasting impression.

The Cornish Influence: Local Botanicals Shine

What truly sets Tarquin's Cornish Pastis apart is its celebration of local ingredients.  While aniseed, star anise, and liquorice form the base – the hallmarks of any Pastis – the magic lies in the subtle touches.  Fresh orange zest, sourced directly from Cornish soil, injects a burst of invigorating citrus.  The inclusion of gorse flowers, foraged from the wild Atlantic clifftops, adds a unique sweetness and a touch of floral intrigue.  This commitment to local produce not only adds a distinctive character but also speaks volumes about Tarquin's dedication to craftsmanship and celebrating the Cornish terroir.

Serving Suggestions: Unlocking the Potential of Tarquin's Cornish Pastis

Tarquin's Cornish Pastis is a versatile spirit, perfect for enjoying in various ways. Here are some suggestions to unlock its full potential:

  • The Classic Pastis: Channel the essence of a Parisian cafe by serving Tarquin's Cornish Pastis neat, slightly chilled, with a splash of cool water. As the water dilutes the spirit, the louche effect (cloudiness) will appear, a visual reminder of the aniseed content.
  • The Cornish Cooler: For a refreshing summer drink, create a "Cornish Cooler."  Combine 50ml Tarquin's Cornish Pastis with 150ml cloudy lemonade, a squeeze of fresh lime juice, and a sprig of mint.  Serve over ice for a delightful summertime beverage.
  • The Cornish Bramble: Embrace the hedgerows of Cornwall with a "Cornish Bramble." Muddle 20ml fresh blackberries with 10ml simple syrup in a shaker. Add 50ml Tarquin's Cornish Pastis and 25ml lemon juice. Shake well with ice and strain into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a fresh blackberry for a touch of rustic charm.
  • Cocktail Canvas:  For the adventurous mixologist, Tarquin's Cornish Pastis presents a unique base for crafting innovative cocktails.  Experiment with different flavour profiles, incorporating floral liqueurs, citrusy juices, or even smoky peated whiskeys for a truly bespoke experience.

In Conclusion: A Celebration of Craft and Cornish Spirit

Tarquin's Cornish Pastis is more than just an anise-infused spirit; it's a captivating journey through the Cornish landscape.  The meticulous selection of botanicals, the dedication to local produce, and the innovative spirit of Tarquin's Distillery culminate in a truly unique expression.  Whether enjoyed traditionally or used as a base for creative cocktails, Tarquin's Cornish Pastis promises an unforgettable adventure for the senses.  So, raise a glass and embark on a voyage of discovery to the rugged Cornish coast, all from the comfort of your own home.


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