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THE PAPILLON STORY

We create our award winning gins in small batches using a copper still at our distillery in Moretonhampstead, within the stunning environment of Dartmoor National Park.

As well as traditional gin botanicals we use ‘Dartmoor flavours’; fresh gorse flowers from the moor, rowan and hawthorn berries, chamomile, nettles, navelwort and Devon violets.

Each batch is made with fresh spring water from a nearby hill farm where Pearl Bordered Fritillaries frequent. Papillon is named after this species, a threatened Dartmoor butterfly that feeds on wild violets. We donate 1% from every bottle sold to a local Butterfly Conservation project that protects this species.

Alongside a keen interest in conservation, we try to keep our business and products as environmentally sensitive as possible.

We think our gins are best enjoyed on a summer’s evening, sat on a granite tor as the sun goes down.

Nectar for both the gin drinker and the butterfly!

Our Gin

Our Original and new Navy Strength 70cl bottles can be purchased online but Papillon Gin is also available in 35cl and 5cl bottles and our gift tubes make the ideal present for gin lovers.

PAPILLON GIN

PAPILLON GIN (42% ABV)

Our Dartmoor take on a London Dry gin.

Distilled with 17 botanicals including Dartmoor flavours of fresh gorse flowers picked on the moor, rowan and hawthorn berries, chamomile and Devon violets grown for us by a local friend.

Named Papillon for the Pearl Bordered Fritillary, an endangered Dartmoor butterfly that feeds on wild violets.

Taste: Complex, full flavour. Fresh lemon and lime peel give it a citrus start, cardamom and English coriander for warm spice notes, and gorse, chamomile and violets for a floral finish.

Serve: We would recommend a double measure, over ice, with a premium tonic water and a small slice of lemon or lime peel.

Nectar for all!

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THE ADMIRAL

THE ADMIRAL (57% ABV)

Our Dartmoor take on a Navy Strength gin.

Distilled with 18 botanicals including Dartmoor flavours of fresh gorse flowers picked on the moor, rowan and hawthorn berries, nettles and navelwort.

Named for the Red Admiral butterfly, a regular garden visitor on Dartmoor that feeds on nettles.

Taste: Smooth, sophisticated flavour. Fresh lemon and lime peel and flesh give it a citrus start, nutmeg and cardamom give subtle spice notes, gorse and chamomile add a floral touch, and the nettles and navelwort provide a clean finish.

Serve: We would recommend a single measure, over ice, with a premium tonic water and a small slice of lemon or lime peel.

Salute the Admiral

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Stockists

You can find our products in a range of retailers, pubs and hotels. Please explore our Stockists Map to find one near you. Trade enquires can contact us direct on info@papillongin.co.uk.

Stockists

OUR BOTANICALS & WATER

We take traditional gin botanicals; such as juniper, coriander seed, angelica and cubeb berries, and mix them with specific Dartmoor flavours which are foraged or hand grown locally; gorse, hawthorn berries, rowan berries and Devon Violets.

Our pure water is sourced fresh from a hill farm high up on Dartmoor. It springs from just below a granite tor perched up on gorse scattered moorland, where the Pearl Bordered Fritillary can be found pausing its flight to sip from the spring.

THE BUTTERFLY CONSERVATION PROJECT

1% from each bottle of Papillon Gin is donated to the Butterfly Conservation charity, towards a local project protecting specific threatened species; Marsh, Heath, Pearl Bordered and High Brown Fritillaries, and the Narrow-bordered Bee Hawkmoth.

The project aims to save the most threatened butterfly and moth species in the South West. Working in partnership with landowners to support them in conserving these endangered species, the project engages with communities to show them the wonder of their local wildlife.

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ABOUT US

Papillon Dartmoor Distillery is the first of its kind within the Dartmoor National Park. Adam and Claire, the owners and distillers, both grew up here and enjoy sharing its special qualities through their small-batch gin.

Together Adam and Claire love to explore Dartmoor, on foot or bike, and are always keen for an adventure. They often take off for a wild camp, always accompanied by a Papillon Gin and Tonic.

ENVIRONMENTAL VALUES

We named our gin Papillon because we donate 1% from every bottle to a local Butterfly Conservation project, and volunteer with them surveying/monitoring fritillaries in our local area on Dartmoor.

One of the species Butterfly Conservation concentrates on is the Pearl Bordered Fritillary that feeds on violets, which is a botanical distilled in our gin. We use the Devon Violet, grown locally especially for us, and sourced from a specialist Devon Violet Nursery in East Devon.

As well as conservation, the environment is very important to Papillon. Our distillery is powered through a 100% renewable energy supplier, only compostable cups are used at events and Papillon's gift packaging is made with cardboard, not plastic. We try to keep our business and products as environmentally sensitive as possible.