Nigel Farage’s gin sparks controversy in Cornwall | Nigel Farage

He may be best known for his love of a frothy pint of ale, but Nigel Farage has caused controversy in the far south west by marketing his own gin, which he says is made by a “distillery craftsmanship in the heart of Cornwall”. ”.

In a product launch video, the former Ukip and Brexit party leader unveiled three types of Farage Gin – a red, a white and a blue – explaining that it was his “patriotic take on this quintessentially drink. British” and had been developed by a couple in their Cornish garden shed.

Farage’s foray into the spirits industry caused skepticism and anger in Cornwall on Monday, with some critics expressing disgust that the millionaire Brexit champion, who has lost millions of pounds of EU money to one of the poorest regions in northern Europe, has been using the place to advance its business interests. Others have pointed out that gin has its origins in continental Europe.

Perhaps most tellingly, gin producer after gin producer has come forward to make it clear that he has nothing to do with Farage Gin.

Brad Kettlewell, salesman at Tarquin’s Gin near Wadebridge, said: “There’s no way we’re doing this for him.” Pocketful of Stones, in Penzance, said it was “a strong no” when asked if they were involved. Craig Brook-Hewitt, head distiller and owner of Mother’s Ruin 1751 distillery in Torpoint, said: “It definitely wasn’t us.

A spokesman for campaign group All Under One Banner Kernow, which wants Cornish autonomy, said Farage was “primarily responsible” for the UK’s exit from the EU. “He’s trying to hold on to the image of Cornwall. He is a Great England chauvinist. Farage will do nothing for Cornwall; it will cause division and hatred.

In a promotional video, Farage said his gin was “designed by a couple, developed literally in their garden shed using spring water”. He added: “I’ve tasted it, tested it – it’s a great gin.”

The red gin, he said, contained Kent cherries, while the blue got its color from gardenia flowers and the white had a hint of licorice.

Farage recounted his love for Cornwall: “I first visited Cornwall in 1983. It was a fishing trip and I was 19. It seems a long time ago now, but my love for what I consider England’s most beautiful county hasn’t changed.

“There’s no better way to end a busy Cornish day than with a glass of gin and tonic as the sun sets over the western horizon.”

Craft gin has become a popular business in the far southwest, with dozens of smaller companies churning out their own iterations. One of the most popular is Cornish Rock Gin, which produces 6,000 bottles a month and sells to a range of hotels, pubs and restaurants.

George and Angela Malde, 69 and 72, look a lot like the couple Farage is talking about. They produce gin at their home near Camelford and have a source in their garden. It also turns out that they have a recent photo of themselves with Farage, taken at the Camelot Castle Hotel in Tintagel, pinned to the wall of their shed/shop.

Gin producers George and Angela Malde with Nigel Farage in a photo pinned to the wall of their shop. Photography: Jim Willeman/The Guardian

George Malde retweeted Farage’s PR bumf, and when visiting The Guardian on Monday, agreed that the flavors, colors and shape of their bottles were very similar to Farage’s. He also admitted that he and his wife were friends with Farage. The Maldes have a colorful past. Before making gin, they owned racehorses and in 2001 were fined after a trading standards investigation into counterfeit products.

But they denied any involvement in Farage Gin. “It’s not us – we’re too busy,” Malde said. He added that he ‘wasn’t really Brexit-friendly’ and believed Cornwall had ‘lost’ after the referendum result. He also said that the company received a grant from the EU when it started.

Farage wasn’t giving away the game. He said he hoped Brexiters would buy his gin to enjoy it and maybe some people would also buy it as a “fun” gift for Remainers.

But he said he wouldn’t risk his partners being targeted by enemies. “There is a hateful and violent far left mob out there and I wouldn’t expose anyone to that. It would be very unfair given the level of hate in this country.

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