The Spirit of Yorkshire

2021 Festivals - Morgan's Version 21/12/2021

Living: 2021 Whisky Events, Morgan’s version

For me, the events and tastings I’ve enjoyed the most this year are with our retailers, restaurants and bars. I attended The Whisky Lounge York festival and honestly loved every minute, but when working with our trade customers there is more variance in the events. Here are a few examples this year… The Whisky Shop tasting, YorkFiley Bay whisky has been listed in The Whisky Shop, York since July and throughout we’d discussed a ticketed tasting event there. Obviously, with restrictions in place, we had to postpone and postpone until... Read More

2021 Festivals - David's Version 21/12/2021

Living: 2021 International Whisky Festivals, David’s version

Whilst the team have been here, there and everywhere with our whisky this year, I’ve had the pleasure of pouring Filey Bay whisky in Poland, Germany and Italy. First up, in Poland was Whisky Live Warsaw. Held at an old vodka distillery site, over two days with three sessions per day, we welcomed around 4000 people in total! Our importer Jarek Buss and his son Rafal organised the event and were over the moon to be out in the whisky world again after the lockdown. It was especially great to... Read More

2021 Festivals - Libby's Version 21/12/2021

Living: 2021 Whisky Festivals, Libby’s Version

The first time I stood in front of a crowd to talk about whisky, I knew that it definitely wasn’t going to be the last. Anyone who knows me can confirm I like to chat and by coincidence, my favourite thing about the whisky industry is the conversation. The best place for said conversation is whisky festivals… I attended two whisky festivals towards the end of 2019, York and Manchester. This little taster definitely got me hooked, ready and raring to go for a year of festivals in 2020, which... Read More

Filey Bay Flagship Single Malt Bottles 14/12/2021

Distilling: Filey Bay Whisky Flavour Breakdown

As the world of whisky continues to grow, the task of gifting the perfect bottle becomes particularly tricky, especially if don’t drink the spirit yourself (yet!) To make things a little bit easier, here’s a quick and handy guide to our range based on flavour profiles. Flagship: Light and fruity.Our bourbon-led Filey Bay Flagship will be an instant hit with every type of whisky drinker. Full of flavour and depth but never overpowering, it’s the true taste of our distillery. Moscatel Finish: Soft and warming.Light and soft with layers of... Read More

STR Finish Batch #2 08/12/2021

Distilling: Filey Bay STR Finish Batch #2

Since its launch in July 2020, Filey Bay STR Finish has become a big favourite of the team and customers alike. Scooping up a medal or two at competitions, which is always great to see. However, the best recognition for any whisky, we believe is repeated purchases. There really is no better testament to what you’re making when someone finishes a bottle and wants to buy it again. Something we have seen a lot with this release. As with the original batch, a primary maturation in bourbon casks has softened... 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

Sherry Cask Reserve #2 21/10/2021

Distilling: Filey Bay Special Release – Sherry Cask Reserve #2

Falling leaves and cold, dark evenings call for a rich and spicy single malt whisky, and we have something very special for you this autumn. Back in 2017, we laid down a number of first-fill Pedro Ximenez (PX) sherry hogshead casks (sourced directly from Spain) and they’ve been quietly maturing in our warehouse here on the Yorkshire Coast ever since. After inspection by Whisky Director, Joe Clark, the full-term spirit inside was tasting perfect for an autumn release so we chose a select few to create our latest Special Release,... Read More

Moscatel Batch #2 27/08/2021

Distilling: Why Batches?

The production of single malt whisky is varied and complex with almost an infinite number of variables coming together to create the flavour spectrum that we see across all the different single malt whiskies made around the world. By its very nature, single malt whisky is a special thing. Not just because of the care and attention employed in its production, the use of high-quality equipment, ingredients, casks and the skills of those making it, but through the process of maturation and the many years, it takes to create it.... Read More

Filey Bay STR and Peated Finish 12/08/2021

Enjoying: Filey Bay Cocktails

On the 31st of July, we celebrated our Distillery Virtual Open Day with talks, masterclasses, distillery tours and most importantly, whisky! Over the course of the day, we were live across Facebook and YouTube with over 3000 people joining in throughout the day. We were joined by Eddie Ludlow from The Whisky Lounge who was our host for the day alongside some very special guests. Out of all the sessions, our Filey Bay cocktails were a huge hit! The cocktail masterclass was held by team members Amy and Morgan who... Read More

Meet the Team - Diane 29/06/2021

Living: Meet the Team – Diane

You’ll recognise Diane as the cake lady behind the counter at the Pot Still Coffee Shop. Diane’s been with us since November 2018. Q: What’s your favourite part of your role at the distillery?A: My favourite part of my job is making cakes & seeing them disappear! Hopefully to customers & not just to staff! Q: Name your top 3 favourite Spirit of Yorkshire releases?A: Moscatel Finish, Yorkshire Day and Second Release Q: Your favourite whisky, excluding Filey Bay?A: Jura Q: If you could enjoy a dram with someone famous,... Read More