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Elderberry Porth

Tim Maddams

From River Cottage to The Wrecking Coast, dedicated wild forager, foodie and aspiring drinks creator, Tim Maddams had developed a delicious take on a classic Port but wanted to incorporate elderberries and local wine. Having worked closely with Polgoon Vineyard, he then contacted us to help develop this exciting idea.

Polgoon Vineyards supplied the wine, we turned some of that Cornish wine into brandy to fortify the drink and elderberries were brought in with help from our local forager. After trials to get the flavours spot on, Elderberry Porth was born!

It’s been great fun to help bring this idea to life and shows what can be achieved by the collaboration of like minded folk in the West Country!

2022 is the first year of commercial production, with only a very limited number of bottles available. We are excited to see the future… ‘Porth’ is soon to be on the tip of everyone’s tongue.

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Tasting Notes

Direct from Tim Maddams

This small batch ‘Porth’ ticks all the boxes; not only does it have a deep flavour rich in elderberry but is produced using local wine and the spirit distilled from it. With an excellent rich and complex flavour, oodles of sweetness balanced by the punch of raw brandy spirit – vibrant is the word!


Deep, rich, and alluring, acres of fruit and warmth


Smooth and defined, sweet red berries melt into brandy. Hints of spice and the unique mystery of elder.


Rounded and pleasing with a breath of spice and a desire for more!

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Avian Sandercock

Minder of the stills, conductor of experiments, flavour obsessive and chief geek. If you have drunk anything made by Wrecking Coast, you have Avian to thank for pressing the buttons, pulling the levers, shovelling ingredients, and probably for putting it in the bottle.

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Craig Penn

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In the beginning...

Buddies Avian and Craig have dabbled in drinks for years, although from the drinking side of the bar. Having lost his taste for beer, Craig turned to spirits.

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