Posted on Apr 25, 2021
Originally built as a private town house in 1755 the Grade II* listed Eagle House Hotel is now one of the landmarks of Launceston, standing next to the 11th century Motte and Bailey castle, a reminder of when the town was effectively the capital of Cornwall.
A hotel and restaurant since 1963, in 2017 the Eagle House was taken over by Bill and Rebecca Perry, who have restored it to its former grandeur.
Later in the same year, they were joined by Jack Rockliffe-King, who brought a very special skill with him: Jack is a distiller of gin!
As a result, the Eagle House has, as a highly impressive centre-piece in its bar, a 230 litre bespoke gin still, and its own in-house brand: Eagle One Gin. As a nod to the Norman heritage of the castle, the still is affectionately referred to as “Bob”, after Robert, Count of Mortain, Second Earl of Cornwall and half-brother of William the Conqueror.
A local lad himself, Jack learned the distiller’s art at the Bella Luce hotel in Guernsey, itself the home of Wheadon’s Gin.
Jack currently produces a range of three seasonal gins:
- Zesty Spring, infused with Elderflower, Lemon, Orange, Juniper, Angelica Root, and Coriander Seed.
- Bright Summer, with raspberries, lemongrass and blueberries.
- Bold Winter, with orange, Cardamom, Juniper, Pink Peppercorns, Ginger, Clove, and Cinnamon.
All three come in at a weighty 48%, generally considered as the perfect abv for a gin.
As well as their popularity with residents and diners at the Eagle House, the gins are available in a number of local farm shops, and can also be purchased online.
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