Только не Тарквин Лидбеттер (Tarquin Leadbetter), получивший высшую награду ‘Best Gin’ в World Spirits Competition, невзирая на то, что был самоучкой.
23-летний университетский выпускник Тарквин решил, что работа в городе не для него, и принял решение создавать алкогольные напитки.
Через шесть лет мы можем соглавится с его выбором, посколько его Seadog Gin 57% — был признан лучшим в мире из общего списка в 268 джинов, представленных в Сан Франциско…
The world’s ‘Best Gin’ award winner taught himself everything he knows.
You’d expect the maker of the best gin in the world to have decades of experience, and an age to match.
But not Tarquin Leadbetter, who just won the ‘Best Gin’ award at the World Spirits Competition – despite being totally self-taught.
When he was a 23-year-old university graduate, Tarquin decided a job in the City wasn’t for him and quit his desk job to make spirits instead.
Six years later, you could say he made the right decision, as his tipple – Seadog Gin, 57% – has been voted best in the world out of 268 global entries in San Fransisco.
‘I was drawn into distilling by my love for food, flavours and ingredients and the ability to be wildly creative,’ he told Metro.co.uk.
‘It might not have seemed the obvious route for a 23-year-old Bristol University graduate but, after a year in a desk job in the City of London, I was yearning to do something different.
‘With a background in food – having studied a course at Le Cordon Bleu and worked as a cook in a French chalet before university – I quit my job to venture into the culinary unknown.’
Originally, Tarquin had plans to open a Thai restaurant (which ‘never came to fruition’) but says that working at a Notting Hill pub that served Thai food opened him up to a whole new world of flavours – including wine, beer, cider and spirits.
‘My energy and enthusiasm for distilling were ignited,’ he said.
‘While I knew about local cider makers and brewers, I never knew it was possible to make spirits on a small scale – and this was fascinating.
‘Spirits are pure expressions of flavour, and the idea that I might be able to make something unique myself was inspiring.’
This is when he had his ‘magic moment’; deciding to head back home to the Cornwall and trying to make a living distilling a few bottles of gin.
Using pretty basic equipment, he started off by selling his gin to local pubs in 2013 from the boot of his car, and now exports it to more than a dozen countries.‘I started out with the aim of making great-tasting gin, pushing myself and being creative – everything else has been a huge bonus.
‘When I was beginning – which was very much pre-gin boom – people were quite sceptical.
‘They would tell me that we already had enough gins, why would anyone want another one?‘And while I knew that a few people would be keen to buy an artisanal alternative to mass-produced household brands, I didn’t know that people would really get behind us and absolutely love what we were doing.’
So, why do people love it?
It’s crafted in small batches of 300 bottles at a time, distilled with Cornish water and infused with local violets and fresh orange zest to create its ‘unique aromatic flavour’.
The source: metro.co.uk