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The new gin... created by RNAS Culdrose

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3:23pm 11th September 2017

There's a new gin in town... and it has links to Cornwall.

Fly Navy Gin goes on sale this week.

It's the result of a collaboration between distillers Curio Spirits and Helston's RNAS Culdrose.

Designed to mark the centenary of landing the first aircraft on a moving ship at sea, and the pioneering spirit of the men and women of the Royal Navy, the Fleet Air Arm of RNAS Culdrose wanted to create a gin to call their own.

The gin is quadruple distilled with natural botanicals. Sippers can taste hand-picked wild heather from the Culdrose Airfields, piney juniper from Europe, Sansho peppers from Japan and organic Madagascan Vanilla, with hints of citrus, spice with earthy undertones.

Bosses say this spirit is perfect as a G&T and in cocktails, with a rich flavour in design.

Rubina Tyler-Street, from Curio Spirits, said: "It has been a wonderful experience to work on a project with such a professional and honourable team.

"As a small local company in West Cornwall, it means a lot to us to be included in such a project, and I know that our success has been at the hearts of the people involved at RNAS Culdrose.

"As far as I know it's a first for the Fleet Air Arm and a first for us so once again history has been made albeit it in a totally different way!

"We hope to raise money for the FAA by a donation made from each bottle sold to the Navy Wings charity for allowing the use of the Fly Navy logo on our bottles.

"We at Curio were keen to recognise the contribution of RNAS Culdrose and the Fleet Air Arm over the past 100 years and were delighted to develop a special gin for their special anniversaries this year."

WO(SM) Allan Grover, Royal Navy said: "The upcoming launch of a new Curio Gin links in with the 70th birthday of RNAS Culdrose and the 100th year celebration of Cdr E H Dunning RN being the first man to land an Aircraft on a ship at sea which was a world first."

3:23pm 11th September 2017

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