Cel­e­brat­ing the gin-nais­sance South Westin­de­pen­dent­gin­guide The Trencher­man’sguide Cof­feeguides,

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

Devon Life - - Gin Guide -

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

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