Trevethan Chauffeur’s Reserve Cornish Gin
“A complex and fragrant gin that Norman kept for his most esteemed family and friends. The recipe is the same 10 botanicals as our classic Original, but we’ve increased the quantities by 30%. So when that extra kick of Navy Strength finish hits you, is still the same beautifully smooth texture that you expect from a Trevethan Distillery gin.”
The Corky Verdict
Hands down the best dry gin that we have ever tasted. Amy and I have chosen Trevethan to have at our wedding and we are so excited to share this small family run producer with our customers here in Essex.
- Location: East Cornwall
- Type: Gin
- Percentage: 57% ABV
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.
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.