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Salcombe Gin - Start Point

Salcombe Gin - Start Point

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Salcombe Gin Start Point: A Deep Dive into a Citrus-Led London Dry Gin

Awarded gin crafted with passion on the English coast, Salcombe Gin Start Point is a multi-award-winning London Dry gin celebrated for its exceptional smoothness, citrusy character, and complex flavour profile. This detailed tasting note explores the essence of Start Point, guiding you through its aroma, flavour profile, and ideal serves to maximise your enjoyment.

Inspired by Heritage:

Start Point takes its name from the iconic lighthouse guarding one of England's most exposed coastlines. More than just a namesake, the gin draws inspiration from the historical Salcombe Fruit Schooners. These 19th-century sailing vessels navigated global trade routes, bringing back exotic fruits and spices that have become the signature botanicals of Start Point.

Distilled with Care:

Salcombe Gin prides itself on its meticulous distillation process. Every drop of Start Point is handcrafted using the traditional "one shot" method in their striking 450-litre copper pot still named "Provident." This method ensures maximum flavour extraction from the carefully selected botanicals.

Unveiling the Aroma:

Pour yourself a generous measure of Start Point and take a moment to appreciate the inviting aroma. The juniper berries, the cornerstone of any good gin, are immediately apparent, but with a distinct citrus twist. Zesty grapefruit dominates the initial impression, intertwined with hints of lemon and lime. Look beyond the citrus notes, and you'll find subtle earthy and herbal hints from coriander seeds and bay leaf. A touch of liquorice root adds a whisper of sweetness, creating a beautifully balanced and inviting bouquet.

A Citrus Symphony on the Palate:

The first sip of Start Point confirms the promises made by the aroma. The juniper forms the base, providing a dry and slightly peppery foundation. However, it's the citrus fruits that take centre stage. The grapefruit shines through, offering a burst of tangy sweetness perfectly balanced by the zesty bite of lemon and lime. The coriander seeds add a touch of warmth and spice, while the bay leaf introduces a subtle herbal note. The liquorice root emerges on the finish, leaving a pleasant and lingering sweetness that rounds out the flavour profile.

A Gin of Exceptional Smoothness:

One of the most remarkable aspects of Start Point is its exceptional smoothness. This smoothness is attributed to the high-quality water used in the distillation process. Salcombe Gin employs the softest and purest Dartmoor water, sourced from high up in the wilds of Dartmoor National Park. This pure water plays a crucial role in creating a gin that is easy to drink and allows the complex flavours to shine through without any harshness.

The Perfect Serve:

Start Point's citrus-forward character makes it ideal for a variety of gin cocktails. Here are two suggestions to get you started:

  • The Classic G&T:  For a simple yet refreshing serve, combine 50ml of Salcombe Gin Start Point with 150ml of your favourite premium Indian tonic water. Garnish with a slice of red grapefruit to complement the citrus notes. The grapefruit twist not only adds a beautiful pop of colour but also enhances the zesty character of the gin.
  • The Start Point Fizz: This vibrant cocktail combines the citrusy gin with the sweetness of elderflower liqueur and the effervescence of prosecco. In a shaker filled with ice, combine 30ml of Salcombe Gin Start Point, 20ml of elderflower liqueur, and 20ml of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Shake well and strain into a flute glass filled with ice. Top with chilled prosecco and garnish with a sprig of mint and a raspberry.

More Than Just a Gin:

Salcombe Gin Start Point is more than just a spirit; it's an embodiment of the rich maritime heritage and breathtaking coastal beauty of Salcombe. With its exceptional smoothness, complex citrus notes, and versatility in cocktails, Start Point is a gin that deserves a place on any well-stocked home bar.

Order your bottle of Salcombe Gin Start Point today at The General Wine Co. and embark on a delightful journey of citrusy refreshment.


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