Mainbrace Launches New Cornish Gin
Mainbrace has announced an extension to its spirits range in the form of a craft gin. Born from the naval term ‘splice the mainbrace’ that celebrates courage, teamwork, and friendship, Mainbrace’s history is rooted in naval traditions. In the days of sail, the Navy was awarded a daily tot of either rum or gin, with sailors most commonly choosing rum and officers opting for gin. Today, ‘splicing the mainbrace’ has come to mean a toast to victory, as well as toasting to The Queen.
6th February marked Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, a huge milestone for the longest serving monarch. In celebration of this, Mainbrace raised a toast to the Queen – God Bless Her – by launching its new gin on this day.
Distilled in Cornwall, Mainbrace Cornish Dry Gin is made in a traditional copper pot still, made using the London Dry style with no added sugars, sweeteners, essences, or other additives. The gin is made with Cornish water and local botanicals, namely lemon verbena harvested from St. Michaels Mount, and three different types of seaweed – Kelp, Dulse, and Sea Spaghetti – sourced from the Cornish Seaweed Company in Gweek.
The gin has a unique taste, dominated by citrus notes, particularly lime, with secondary umami and slightly salty notes stemming from the seaweeds.
Richard Haigh, Co-Founder of Mainbrace, commented:
“We are incredibly excited to be launching Mainbrace Gin, which has been a natural next step for us, particularly since we are based in Cornwall, an up-and-coming hotspot for craft gins! We have lots of exciting plans in the works and are especially looking forward to “splicing the mainbrace” to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022.”
Mainbrace Gin is best served as a Gimlet cocktail, which was named after Admiral Gimlette, a 19th century Royal Navy surgeon who insisted the men mix lime syrup with gin to ward off scurvy. It can also be enjoyed with Dubonnet and a twist of lemon peel, said to be the Queen’s favourite cocktail.
The brand name comes from the naval term "splice the mainbrace". In the days of sail, the main mast was steadied, or braced, with a thick rope called the mainbrace. If it was cut by enemy fire in battle a team of naval ratings (sailors) had to splice the rope back together under enemy fire to save the ship and win the battle. As a reward for successfully achieving this herculean task the captain would order the ship’s pusser (purser) to issue a double ration of rum to the team of ratings as a toast to victory.
To ‘splice the mainbrace’ inevitably became a naval euphemism for an important celebration and was always accompanied with the toast ‘The King – God Bless Him’ or ‘The Queen – God Bless Her.’
Mainbrace therefore embodies the spirit of celebrating a hard-won victory or a major success or celebration.
Drinking Mainbrace Cornish Dry Gin
Mainbrace Cornish Dry Gin is artisanally crafted with juniper, orris, lime peel, lemon verbena, lime leaf, angelica and three types of Cornish seaweeds.
When tasting Mainbrace Cornish Dry Gin, it has noticeable citrus notes, with a cool lime kick, and a hint of umami from the seaweed which gives it a touch of salinity.
The gins unique flavour can be enjoyed in a classic gin and tonic or in a selection of cocktails, a selection of which can be found on the website, with the Gimlet being the best cocktail to show off the gin.
Note to Editors
Co-Founders Richard and David Haigh are available for interviews in Cornwall.
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Mainbrace Cornish Dry Gin is on sale for the retail price of £34.99 on the Mainbrace website.
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