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Salcombe Gin Start Point

(70cl, 44%)

Salcombe Gin Start Point

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Salcombe Gin Start Point Bottling Note

Salcombe Gin is produced in a 450 litre Arnold Holstein still charmingly named Provident, and made with thirteen botanicals including Macedonian juniper, fresh lemon, lime and red grapefruit peels, cardamom, liquorice, cinnamon bark, chamomile, coriander seeds and cubeb berries. The inspiration for the gin comes from the Salcombe 'fruiters' that brought exotic fruit into Devon from the Azores, West Indies and Mediterranean in the 19th century. Water sourced from Dartmoor is used to bring it down to 44%.

Fun fact: Salcombe is one of the few distilleries in the world accessible by boat!

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Citrus and floral aromas and flavours work in harmony with the heady, earthy and resinous pine notes of Macedonian juniper, selected for their high limonene content, combined with the warming spiced citrus notes from English coriander seeds. Cubeb berries from Java provide fruity peppery heat balanced with warming spice from cinnamon bark.

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Salcombe Gin Start Point Reviews

Sadly! Only one star from me.

Tried this last week and was slightly disappointed given the reviews. The taste was sharp which was a let down. I shouldn't have tried a new gin and stayed with my go to wicked wolf.

25th August 2020

Smooth and easy drinking

A lovely, smooth, easy drinking gin. I found like the Rose version the more I drank it the more I enjoyed it.

24th July 2020

Love this Gin!

This is a fanatic gin, very smooth but with loads of flavour. I had it with full fat tonic and the gin came through really well and was not washed out. This is going to be my go to gin this summer that's for sure.

9th June 2020

Definite repeater

Lovely smooth gin, would be happy to have another bottle on the shelf

29th November 2019


Best London Dry I have tried... proper Gin!!! Make sure you try it with a grapefruit it makes an amazing Gin and Tonic!!

13th November 2019


Nice gin with several layers of complexity.

16th December 2018

Nice citrus tone and clean profile


13th October 2018

Fresh & Smooth

What a refreshing return to a classic London Dry! With so much 'stylised' gin about, this is luxuriously classic. So smooth, I could sip this neat.

9th August 2018

Well worth a try

Very pleasant citrusy gin with peppery notes and floral overtones. Would buy again.

23rd June 2018


Up with Plymouth Gin just wish theyd sell it in a super store

10th February 2018

It doesn't get better than this.

Tried this recently (a very welcome Christmas present) and it shot right to the top of my gin list. Certainly the best gin I've ever tasted and proud to say it's made in my home county of Devon (South Hams). Try it with a slice of red grapefruit. Pure nectar.

11th January 2018

A first class gin

A really well balanced, premium gin with a delightful combination of citrus flavours. Luxurious and smooth tasting.

8th January 2018

Very impressed

Superbly smooth

23rd September 2017

A 'wow' gin

I had the pleasure of tasting Salcombe gin in Salcombe whilst on holiday a couple of weeks ago. This is a 'wow' gin - excellently made and oozing quality and deliciousness. I had a bottle of one of my favourite gins, Tanqueray 10, with me and comparing the bottle of Salcombe that I bought with it side by side, the T10 was more intensely citrusy. Salcombe is citrusy as well but leans more toward Warner Edwards or even Plymouth in its spicyness. It's more flavoured than Plymouth and has more depth as well as a 'chewyer' mouthfeel. It's very smooth (it tastes like it uses a very high quality base spirit and very high quality botanicals) and makes an excellent martini and a really cracking Negroni (I've never had one where the flavours pop as much as with this gin)! Will definitely be buying this again because as far as I'm concerned, this is up there in the Pantheon of great gins.

8th September 2016

Simply stunning, elegant & balanced

Wow. I was given a bottle of this a week ago from a friend who picked it up whilst on holiday in Salcombe (sorry Master of Malt).

This is without doubt the best gin I have ever been fortunate enough to try and therefore deserves a review. It really is exceptional with an amazing balance and layers of flavour. The juniper is definitely there unlike some of these new wave so called gins, but this works in tandem with the fresh citrus, ruby grapefruit being the key one that gives it a citrus zing and just a touch of sweetness. There is a light floral note, but this is very subtle and is countered really well with a layer of warming fruity spice.

What is most amazing is the length of finish. It really lingers. Even with tonic in the glass the flavours and wonderful smell were still there after 20 minutes. I have no idea how they have managed that.

In summary, an amazing new citrus led gin, which I am sure will go onto to win many awards and became a mainstay in some of the coolest bars around. For me this knocks Tanqueray 10 off my top spot, as it has amazing balance, works brilliantly with tonic and makes an even better Martini than Tanqueray 10.

My friend tells me the company behind it have almost finished building a purpose built distillery on the waterfront in Salcombe, which for those who are not familiar with Salcombe, it is the most beautiful coastal town in South Devon. Their big still will be visible to the public from the tasting bar which itself overlooks the water. I can’t wait to get down there to check it out.

17th August 2016

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