Spirit of the West

Salcombe Gin teams up with Michael Caines MBE

Salcombe Gin aims to embody a ‘spirit’ in both the liquid and ethereal senses of that word. The second of those senses – the one that is synonymous with what the Chinese refer to as “Chi” – is derived from the achingly pretty resort town in the South Hams district of Devon after which the gin is named, and a place where an adventurous lifestyle on and around the water permeates the salt-infused air.

So it’s apt that the British brand’s new series of limited-edition gins, each developed in collaboration with a world renowned chef or iconic winemaker to reflect their individual personality and style, is named the ‘Voyager Series’. The first of these team-ups has seen them work with Michael Caines, holder of two Michelin stars for 18 years. Named ‘Arabella’ after one of the famous Salcombe Fruit Schooners, the new release is complex yet delicate with a hefty juniper core infused with Angelica, bright citrus aromas (derived from sweet orange peel and lemon) and coriander seed.

Angus Lugsdin during Voyager Series creation session with Michael Caines (Credit Jason Yeoman) 

It proved to be a pairing as harmonious as Voyager is with a well-chilled quality tonic. “I chose to work with Salcombe Gin because… they share an understanding of how to layer complex flavours and aromas, creating the perfect gin to be enjoyed with a premium mixer, in classic cocktails or simply served on its own as a sipping gin,” says Caines, whose signature culinary style is to layer flavours, extracting different profiles to find unique combinations and dimensions. “They also share my focus on utilising the finest local and regional produce”.

Choice of ingredients 4 (Credit Jason Yeoman) 

Caines recommends it as a pre-dinner aperitif, or pairing it with modern European cuisine, adding that it’s best served over ice with a premium tonic water and garnished with a sprig of lemon thyme and a slice of green apple.

Limited to 1,200 bottles, Salcombe Gin Voyager Series is elegantly presented, with its stunning white ceramic bottle with an embossed outline of the iconic gin pennant and a bespoke debossed copper stopper commissioned especially for the series. This is a drop which – excuse the pun – is bound to make waves.

£65 per bottle, available now online at salcombegin.com, from the Salcombe Gin Distillery and Victuallers, Lympstone Manor and at selected independent retailers

Photos by Jason Yeoman