“Plough to bottle” tours at Colwith Farm

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A new visitor attraction has opened near the Cornish town of Lostwithiel and only about three miles off the main spinal road of the county –the A30.

The Colwith Farm Distillery has just begun the first tours of its “plough to bottle” gin and vodka distillery

Whereas most craft distilleries buy in the base spirit Colwith is the first gin and vodka distillery in Cornwall – and one of only a handful in the UK – to bring the whole process under one roof.

This premium vodka spirit is distilled in a tiny copper batch still then blended with mineral water from an aquifer deep beneath the farm. Stafford’s Gin is infused with a selection of botanicals foraged on the farm including lemon balm, rosemary and bay in addition to juniper, coriander, lime zest, almond and macadamia sourced elsewhere and which gives it a distinctive, citrusy taste. Fowey River Gin is a collaboration between Cornwall’s oldest cider maker, Haye Farm, and Colwith Farm, situated on either side of the River Fowey. This gin is produced from an English sugar beet vodka base and then blended with triple distilled Haye Farm cider distillate which provides the apple undertones. It’s then distilled again with botanicals including hazelnut, an array of citrus zest, macadamia and almond.

On arrival visitors are greeted by a series of story boards, telling the history of the family and the farm. Provenance is very important to the whole experience. Tours of the new distillery are bookable on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and needless to say, the opportunities for sampling, will be available.

The family will be hoping that the distillery tours will be as popular as distillery tours are in Scotland.

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