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Salcombe Gin Is England's Latest Gift to Cocktail Culture

Salcombe Distilling Co., located in the town of Salcombe on the South West Coast of England, has gained both industry awards and a wide following at home for its small-batch gins that evoke its seaside setting and attention to craftsmanship. 

Now stateside cocktails enthusiasts have something to celebrate, as the brand recently made its U.S. debut, with a Northeast rollout of Salcombe Gin Rosé Sainte Marie, and Salcombe Gin Start Point—both Double Gold San Francisco World Spirits medal winners.

"Salcombe has a natural affinity with the Eastern seaboard of the USA," notes the brand's co-founder, Angus Lugsdin, "and a linked history, sharing many similarities to the Hamptons and Cape Cod," for example.

While "pink gin" might once have been looked down upon by serious mixologists, Salcombe's Rosé Sainte Marie shows its true potential. It is made "using the finest Macedonian juniper berries to provide structure in the background, partnered with a natural, but not overpowering, soft sweetness from strawberries and angelica."

Fresh citrus peels of lemon and orange, "hand-peeled each day prior to distillation," are combined with ten further hand-sourced botanicals, including lemon verbena, rose petals, orange blossom and pink peppercorns, "to create a truly exceptional gin that is elegantly soft and smooth."

In addition to Macedonian juniper berries and naturally soft water from the UK's Dartmoor National Park, Start Point is made with fresh citrus peels of red grapefruit, lemon and lime, as well as nine botanicals including English coriander seed, cardamom, cubeb berries, licorice, and angelica root. 

What's more, Salcombe's bottle designs are simply beautiful (as is its distillery back home), so both expressions will make a handsome addition to your home bar. Bottoms up.