Saint Ives Liquor Co limoncello (22% ABV)
Star rating: 9/10
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The Saint Ives Liquor Co, located on the harbour in St Ives, is a distillery operated by the same family who run celebrated seafront restaurant, The Searoom. The Searoom serves as The Saint Ives Liquor Co bar, and offers award-winning tapas dishes alongside a cocktail menu.
Following the success of the distillery’s original gin, the company now produces Mediterranean-style liqueurs, including limoncello, arancello, limecello and rosa pompelmo.
Sustainability is a priority at the distillery, which has a partnership with Rising Forests – a start-up working to increase the woodland and forests areas in the UK to combat climate change. The partnership sees a tree planted for each bottle of The Saint Ives Liquor Co gin sold from the distillery’s shop – so far over 6,000 trees have been planted.
As a result, the limoncello is made with a no-waste policy, using whole lemons for each bottle, with not a pip spared.
This limoncello is not your traditional Amalfi limoncello, though. This Cornish take on the classic Mediterranean liqueur is bitter, where Amalfi limoncello is sweet.
This bitter character is a result of using the whole lemon, pips and all, and the lemons used being naturally more acidic than a Sfusato lemon.
The end result makes a pleasant, welcome and refreshing change from a traditional limoncello – it tastes like a still lemonade hand-squeezed over a clear white spirit, with some earthy, herbaceous notes on the finish.
This is an invigorating, fresh tipple that separates itself from the pack.
The perfect pour
This limoncello is incredibly refreshing when served over crushed ice. Or, try it with elderflower tonic, garnished with basil, to bring out the herbaceous notes that linger in the background.
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