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Jenni

David and Joe from Filey Bay Whisky, holding three of the IWSC medal winning whiskies. 17/03/2022

Distilling: IWSC Awards 2022

We’re celebrating after eight of our whiskies won medals at the prestigious International Wine and Spirits Competition 2022. The medal haul included three silver and five bronze medals. Silver medal winning spirits are typically described as ‘an accomplished spirit with good balance, strong character and good complexity. A classic example of its style or variety.’ ‘The IWSC is judged by 85 experienced sommeliers, distillers, vintners and distributors. These medals are great accolades and a timely reminder of why we’re doing what we’re doing: making world-class field to bottle whisky using... Read More

22/12/2021

Living: 2021 Whisky Festivals, Amy’s Version

Working in a small and independent Distillery you get to experience all aspects of making whisky. Some fun, like smelling the casks before they’ve been filled with new make spirit, some a little less so. But the part of working at the Spirit Of Yorkshire Distillery I enjoy the most is getting out and sharing our whisky and our story. Flavour and drinks are things I have always been interested in, so when the opportunity to work in a distillery came up, I knew I wanted to be part of... Read More

Direct drilled winter malting, flourishing in the winter sun on the Spirit of Yorkshire farm this week 10/11/2021

Growing: Whisky Is Agriculture

Yesterday, we woke up to hear Farming Today talking about minimum and no-till farming. Jenni, Tom and Kate then headed off to a local AHDB (Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board) meeting all about Regenerative Agriculture. It’s a popular topic at the moment and it’s one that we’re leading the way on. This year, we’re planting all our barley using our direct drill and not cultivating the fields, as well as a large proportion of our wheat too.In a nutshell, this means that we don’t disturb the ground at all when... Read More

Filey Bay Sherry Cask Reserve #1 on the beach! 31/12/2020

Living: our creative partners

The end of the year, especially a year like this one, is the perfect time to say thank you. It’s not easy looking as good as we do (!) and there are many people who help make it happen. Design and detail. We love how our bottles and other elements look and that is down to our brilliant team The Collaborators. From Filey Bay, to our new Cream Liqueur, they really ‘get’ our ethos and spirit. Away from the bottle, Grace at Abell Design has created us a stunning new... Read More

Two drams of Filey Bay Flagship Single Malt Whisky, by the stills 27/12/2020

Living: 2020 in numbers for the Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery & Filey Bay Whisky

It’s been an odd year, to say the least, with the Pot Still Coffee Shop closed and Tours paused for nearly 6 months on and off. Despite everything though, we’ve continued to be overwhelmed by the community around the distillery, from our cask owners to our customers to our suppliers, big and small. So thank you very much for all your clicks, comments, purchases, visits, coffees and cakes. We’ve loved seeing you all at the distillery when it’s been possible, or on our screens when it hasn’t!  In 2020 we... Read More

Whisky Pastrami Salmon 23/12/2020

Enjoying: Filey Bay Whisky Salmon Pastrami, Celeriac Slaw and Crispy Oyster

By James Mackenzie, Chef/Owner of the Michelin-starred Pipe and Glass, South Dalton Stage 1 Ingredients: 1-2kg piece of fresh salmon fillet, or if in season, fresh Filey Bay-caught sea trout, skinned and pin boned. 75g Salt                                                                       110g Sugar                                                                  ¼ tsp Black Peppercorn                      ¼ tsp Coriander Seeds 150ml Filey Bay Whisky Method: Grind/ Blitz the dry ingredients together, mix in the whisky and coat the salmon with the mixture. Vacuum pack or tightly wrap in cling film, place in a deep tray in the fridge to cure for about 24 hours... Read More

Newspaper clipping from the 1990s which discusses Tom and Gill Mellor winning planning permission for wind turbines at Hunmanby Grange, the Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery Farm. 06/09/2020

Growing: Wind Power

We’ve talked before about our direct drilling trial which we’re aiming to harvest this weekend but that’s not the only way that we work with natural resources to sustainably make our Filey Bay single malt whisky and the beer at Wold Top Brewery. Co-founder Tom’s long been an advocate of wind power and pushing for sustainable farming methods. That’s the thing about being up on a hill just in-land from the north sea… it’s a fairly rare day when it’s not blowing! He first applied for, and won, planning permission... Read More

Filey Day Yorkshire Day 2020 single malt whisky paired with Shepherd Purse's Yorkshire Blue cheese in the sunshine atop Ingleborough 04/09/2020

Enjoying: Field to Bottle to… mountain?!

We have some very dedicated friends of the distillery! Recently our bottles have been to the top of the three Yorkshire Peaks alongside cheese pairings from one of our local favourites Shepherds Purse (thanks Matt, that’s dedication) and on Yorkshire Day, Chris ran a bottle of Filey Bay STR Finish to the top of Scafell Pike. Where next…?! 

Le Chameau boots with a bottle of Filey Bay Moscatel Finish Single Malt Whisky 01/09/2020

Living: Partnering with Le Chameau

Any countryside dweller will tell you that not all wellies are made equal. There’s nothing worse than confidently striding through a puddle on a lane, or walking through the shallows on the beach, and feeling that awful sensation of a wet sock. Or strolling round a muddy farm show and finding that your boots are rubbing and your feet hurt for a week afterwards… It’s even more important on the farm or in the still house. You want boots that are comfy, breathable and that don’t ruin your soles (and... Read More

Eat Out to Help Out at the Pot Still Coffee Shop at the Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery 30/08/2020

Enjoying: Eat Out to Help Out

Since the beginning of August, we’ve been taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme and it’s been so great to see so many friendly, familiar and new faces every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday here at the Pot Still Coffee Shop. The scheme finishes very soon though so you’ve got until 4pm tomorrow to make the most of 50% off (up to £10). Though we’re afraid whisky and beer aren’t included!