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The newly-published South West Independent Gin Guide is an exploration of the distinctive true craft gins of the West Country, one of the most innovative distilling hotspots in the UK
It’s hard to believe that just a few short years ago the gin scene was so different (and so dull). Rock up to your standard South West bar or hotel and your G&T would have consisted of a big-brand gin diluted with a warm saccharine mixer with the obligatory slice of lemon plopped in.
Today the world of mixers, cocktails, garnishes, bars and outlets dedicated to gin has expanded beyond recognition, influencing our ideas about the versatility of this splendid spirit.
The newly published
The carefully curated collection reveals exceptional independent gins which provide a taste of the terroir, including Salcombe Gin’s classic London dry gin, Start Point, which distils with naturally soft water from Dartmoor. “As gin lovers with an appreciation of true-craft gins, we had watched the British ginvolution with jubilation – until we couldn’t hold back and had to jump in and create a guide,” says Jo Rees of Salt Media, a Devon publisher whose sister titles,
and Indy have long inspired fans of fine dining and drinking.
Each of the independently run gins, bars, schools and retailers in the guide have had to meet an extremely high quality criteria to be included.
“We knew that many people, like us, would want to know where to find the real deal, those extraordinary sips which have been carefully crafted and carry real provenance,” adds Jo.
“There are so many artisanal entrepreneurs living in the region who draw inspiration from the stunning landscape and here in the South West we are lucky enough to be experiencing an exceptional bubble of premium gin.” The South West Independent Gin Guide (£7.99) is available from indygin.guide, Amazon and high street bookshops