Trevethan Gin is a quality handmade gin created using our traditional family recipe perfected in the 1920s by Norman Trevethan.
Each batch is hand distilled at our craft facility in Cornwall. The small quantities that we produce help to create our unique flavour and give every batch its own signature character. Complex, with subtle hints of citrus and floral notes, our gin is made using botanicals sourced from our very own Cornish hedgerows for a true taste of Cornwall.
Trevethan Gin is bold in flavour with subtle citrus and floral notes. We use botanicals sourced from all over the globe as well as some from our very own hedgerows in the Cornish countryside.
Our recipe includes the usual suspects of Juniper, Coriander, Cassia and Angelica along with some less familiar botanicals like cardamom, orange peel, lemon peel and vanilla. The vanilla helps to leave you with a soft and oily texture on the pallet. Finally, it is finished off with the finest Cornish Elderflower and Gorse flower, handpicked from the hedgerows of Trewonnard Dairy Farm in Treneglos. The water we use comes from a natural spring on nearby farmland, the water is so soft that no mineral treatment is necessary which helps to create a truly natural flavour.
We keep things small so we ensure each bottle has its own unique character. Each batch is expertly hand-crafted in a traditional Copper-Alembic still by our In-house chemist and Head Distiller, John - exactly as it was first crafted by its creator Norman Trevethan back in the late 1920s. From the charging of the still, the measuring of the botanicals, right the way through to the filling and labelling of our bottles… it is done with love, care and our own bare hands to create a world class drink that goes as well in a G&T as it does in a Gin Martini.
We use a one-shot process which means the proportions of each botanical have been carefully calculated in order to achieve the complex flavours and smooth texture in one distillation. We insist that no blending or tweaking of the product occurs after distillation so that our customers are getting the true taste of the product as it was on the day it was made.
We just hope you will love to drink it as much as we have loved to make it!
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It was traditional in Cornwall to celebrate the changing of the seasons with home brewed alcohol. The bounty from the hedgerows, field and woodland would change from season to season and so did the recipes. Parsnip wine, blackberry and elderberry wine, marrow rum, plum brandy and blackthorn plum and sloe gin were common and families had their particular specialities and secret recipes which had been passed down the generations.
In fact the true essence of craft stems from the ingenuity and creativity of rural communities who would recreate products, food recipes and drinks that were only readily available to those in the big cities.
created by Norman
Trevethan in 1929
Norman Trevethan epitomised this type of inventive and resourceful rural personality. Born in 1906 in Tideford, Cornwall, being a traditional Cornish family, the Trevethan’s had their own recipe for a range of the Counties best loved food and drinks.
In his early career Norman was a chauffeur to Earl and Lady St Germans and regularly took them to society events in what was then 1920’s London. It was during this heavily influential time, when gin cocktails were the height of fashion that Norman decided that the Trevethan family recipe for Gin needed to be perfected! The original Trevethan Gin recipe was the essence of the Cornish hedgerows. An amalgam of skills and knowledge that had grown out of Norman’s experience of country brewing crafts and the influence of his time in ‘Roaring Twenties London’ as a high society chauffeur.
Fast forward to 2015 when his grandson Robert Cuffe, an engineer, and his friend John Hall, a chemist, decided to breathe life back into an old family tradition and Trevethan Distillery was re-born.
Rob is an engineer with over 30 years’ experience in designing and building food and drink production facilities.
In his early career Rob was an engineer in a factory making Cornish Pasties and then moved into business for himself and built his own company that went on to design and build production facilities for some of Europe’s leading food and drink manufacturers.
His love of his Cornish roots and his enthusiasm for process engineering was what essentially lead him full circle and he now wants to focus on producing some of the best spirits Cornwall has to offer.
John is a chemist with a love of all things distilled, especially Gin and Whisky! (or Whiskey).
In his early career John worked in chemical research and moved later into technical sales where he teamed up with Rob to help build their food & drink engineering business.
John has always had a passion for distillation ever since his university days. When the discussion arose about Norman Trevethan’s family Gin recipe John couldn’t resist the opportunity to bust out the lab coat again to try and recreate a recipe that had been lost to the world for over 70 years.
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