Southwestern Distillery, the producer of Tarquin’s Gin and Twin Fin Rum from Padstow, has released a new vodka brand.

Connie Glaze Slow Sand Filtered Vodka, created by self-taught Master Distiller Tarquin Leadbetter, is slowly filtered through purified sand sourced from the local coast at the craft distillery in Cornwall, which he founded just over ten years ago.

The special process of filtration has been used for centuries in purifying drinking water around the world and, says Leadbetter, lends itself perfectly to the production of Connie Glaze vodka to both purify and capture the essence of the coast.

“I’ve always loved the balance of art and science in distilling which makes anything possible,” he said.

“Our unique and experimental vodka combines ancient techniques for water purification with modern distilling to create an extraordinarily smooth, world class and mixable vodka.”

1% of all sales of Connie Glaze Vodka will be given to Beach Guardian CIC to support its work cleaning nearby Constantine Bay and the Cornish coast.

Leadbetter added: “Through the hard-work and dedication of Emily and Rob from Beach Guardians, the sand used to filter our vodka is kept clean, it seems only right that we support them in return to protect our local beaches and give back to the very place which inspired us to create Connie Glaze.”