We may be creating Yorkshire’s first single malt whisky, but for us it’s about doing things properly. That’s why we’re obsessed with every step of the distilling process, from grain to glass. Mentored by renowned whisky expert Dr. Jim Swan, our instinctive approach is to create a whisky that doesn’t just replicate Scotch. That doesn’t mean we rely on blind luck – we take the best of tradition and apply new thinking to create something unique.
Locally and sustainably produced, all the barley and spring water we use is grown and sourced here, on our family farm. These are the same ingredients that go into the Great Taste Award-winning beers at our sister company, the Wold Top Brewery.
We’ve also invested in two of the largest Forsyth pot stills operating in the UK outside of Scotland. We've also added a four-plate copper column into our process that works in tandem with our spirit still which adds to the variance of the Spirit of Yorkshire distillery. Forsyths is among the world leaders in the stock of distillation equipment. It’s all part of our commitment to combining tradition with new thinking to create something out of the ordinary when it comes to the distillation process. Our stills were fired up for the first time in May 2016 and we have filled over a thousand casks of various types – including sherry butts and bourbon casks, all of which will help create the subtle, complex flavours of our unique spirit.
You can explore the whole story on a distillery tour – there’s so much to discover about our approach.
You might be wondering what on earth a gannet has to do with making our whisky. Along with these fearless, precise, graceful and purposeful birds, we’ve prospered here for many years. Similar to their characteristics, we have a homing instinct, so wherever we travel to explore new ideas, we always return to this special place, a stone throw away from Bempton Cliffs, home to the largest gannet colony on the UK mainland. This is where we live and work, most importantly where our whisky was born. That’s why we chose the gannet as our talisman. If you have time, we recommend a detour to see the colony in Bempton for yourself. Click here for details.