Barrel aged beers are a thing of beauty and last year we collaborated with our sister company, The Wold Top Brewery, to release ‘Swell.’ Alex and the team at Wold Top brewed a special recipe, designed to complement the flavours of the casks used for our Maturing Malt Distillery Projects 003 (which was awarded 95/100 by Jim Murray in this year’s whisky bible). The result was the deliciously dark and rich ‘Swell,’ the first in our Ebb and Flow barrel aged series, which came in at 12% and was full... Read More
Bottle No. 1 from any distillery is always very special. Some distilleries auction them off, some keep hold of them, some are probably much too old to remember their first bottle! We decided to run a competition for ours. Purchasing a limited edition and entering the special code within entered you into the draw to win the first ever bottle from Yorkshire’s first ever distillery. We had hundreds of entries and in mid-November we drew the winning name using a random number generator. The winner was John, from a village... Read More
In this month’s ‘Focus on’ we’ll be talking you through how we got to our name: Filey Bay. One of the best things about working for a small company is that it’s personal. Every member of staff (and their families!) is so closely connected to the business that everyone has thoughts and ideas. This is great, especially for things like names. What to call the whisky had been up for debate for years. We went back and forth about whether to use the distillery name as the lead (as... Read More
As discussed by David in The Spirits Business at the end of last year, we consider the category of ‘World Whisky’ to be more important than specific country names. In celebration of this, last week we hosted a World Whisky Tasting at the Distillery, with a selection of drams from around the world, curated by our Whisky Director, Joe. The Distillery was packed and guests were given six whiskies to blind taste and discuss. But there was a twist… one of the six was a Spirit of Yorkshire Oloroso Cask,... Read More
In the print edition of Spirits Business from November 2018 and online now, our director David (along with Dan from the Cotswold Distillery, Andy from the East London Liquor Company, and Paul from The Lakes Distillery) was asked for his thoughts on the English whisky market and what the impact of imposing regulations for English whisky could be. His take on things? Regulation is necessary to ensure quality but there’s a balance; rules shouldn’t impact on innovation. And everyone agreed that it’s not just about English whisky as a category... Read More
The fourth Maturing Malt in our “Distillery Projects” range is now available for general presale (collection will be around the end of November). Our Distillery Projects range is all about exploring what our spirit can be. For the moment, as we wait (a little impatiently!) for our Single Malt to mature in casks for the required amount of time for both regulations and optimum taste, the DP releases have all been Maturing Malts. However, in the future, this won’t be the case… What is Distillery Projects 004 and why is... Read More
Earlier this month we were really pleased to welcome Spencer Stokes from Look North to the Distillery. He and his crew spent most of the day with us, chatting about our ethos, our spirit so far and our aims for our single malt next year. They filmed at the Distillery and up at the farm and brewery too. To hear about our ambitions (and see the Distillery for yourself if you’ve not been before) then head here to see an edited version of the show.