There is to be another new English whisky distillery, based in Hunmanby, North Yorkshire. The aim of the distillery is to produce whisky but as this is not an overnight process, there will be other exciting things in the meantime. The aim is to produce whisky using home grown malting barley and water from the natural springs found under the chalk of the North Yorkshire moors. There are also plans to have a membership type club that will give you access to some of the first whisky produced.. I will update as more information becomes available..
Installing the stills.. Exciting times lay ahead.
This is what they say about it..
Nestled in the village of Hunmanby on the North Yorkshire coast, Spirit of Yorkshire is our newest venture building on the successes of Wold Top, our family owned brewery based on the farm. We have been in arable farming for generations and we are very proud and protective of not just our environment but also the people who live and work there.
It is in our nature to explore new opportunities. We are curious about what is possible, happy to embrace new thinking and our distillery will produce the very first Yorkshire Malt Whisky alongside our own creation, a Callow spirit…
The Distillery is now in operation and has laid down the first casks of spirit, this spirit will of course not be classed as whisky until 2019 and maybe even further down the line depending on how well it matures in the varied types of casks.. As far as I am aware the distillery has decided to use both bourbon and sherry casks of which the sherry casks seem to be Pedro Ximenez, fino and Oloroso so we can expect a nice varied amount of flavours.. Also from indications the distillery will be opening its doors to the public from the Easter weekend 2017 but as yet I don’t have the full details..
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News for 2018.
With our spirit maturing beyond expectations and with a bumper barley crop last season we are likely to increase our production this year. Currently, we are distilling 4 days a week, so we have plenty of time to drop in some extra distillations. This week the 200L casks pictured above were filled – our first fillings of 2018. These Bourbon casks will soon be making their way to our main warehouse for the long sleep. Once they are tucked away they are unlikely to see daylight for at least 5-10 years; some even longer, perhaps 15-20, maybe even 30 years! Imagine that, a 30-year-old, Yorkshire single malt whisky. Perhaps some of our younger readers will have the privilege of tasting such a whisky one day.
We will be taking in another 200 fresh first fill Bourbon casks very soon – they are already on their the way from Kentucky. Destined to imbue our spirit with wonderful toffee, citrus, honey and sweet spicy notes. The sherry casks in the below pictures were filled with the lighter of our two-spirit styles in November 2016 and in just over 14 months, we are seeing some amazing colour and big fruity results. Off the back of these results, we will be filling plenty more throughout 2018.
If you are new to us and want to learn more about our production process this article from Master of Malt, written last year, is a good place to start. Introducing Spirit of Yorkshire – Master of Malt. You can also scan back through our Newsletter archive HERE. But by far the best way to learn about our process is to come and see the distillery for yourself. As the year moves on we will continue to focus on laying down casks for the coming years. Releasing only a very small number of casks for private ownership and our Distillery Projects series.