Salcombe gin to build first ‘distillery at sea’

Devon gin brand Salcombe is planning to open what it claims will be the first distillery at sea in a partnership with P&O Cruises.

The distillery will be installed on board the cruise company’s new vessel Iona from next May.

Salcombe will develop a gin that will be distilled, bottled and labelled on the ship.

Angus Lugsdin, co-founder of Salcombe Distilling Co, said: “Our two brands have an amazingly rich and shared history.  

“At the same time that P&O expanded into leisure cruising in the mid-19th century, the famous Salcombe fruit schooners were entering their heyday, importing cargoes of precious fruits and spices from the Mediterranean to England’s ports, and the ships probably passed each other on their voyages.

“Both brands are kindred spirits, born of the sea with a history of breaking new ground and exploring new horizons. 

“To be responsible for creating a unique gin and distilling it on board the first distillery at sea is a very romantic notion and brings us closer to the intrepid adventurers who travelled the world’s oceans seeking out the finest fruits, spices and herbs.”

Following the gin’s launch on Iona, Salcombe will also distil the recipe at its distillery in the Devon town from which it takes its name.

It will be served as the official premium gin across the P&O Cruises fleet and sold in duty-free shops.

Salcombe will also run gin masterclasses for passengers.