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Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery

Planting barley at Hunmanby Grange 09/04/2019

Growing: Barley

Over the next few months on our blog we’ll be focusing on key production areas at our distillery. First up: Barley. We’re in a pretty unique position as whisky distilleries go, ‘field-to-bottle’ production in the whisky industry is a real rarity. Field-to-bottle to us means that every drop of spirit that runs from our stills can be traced back to the fields on our farm so naturally, as you might expect, we take barley seriously. This unique perspective allows us to look at barley with three hats on so to... Read More

Enjoying: Whisky and Chocolate

Sounds delicious right? Right! Max (from Bullion Chocolate) and Joe, our Whisky Director, spent a Friday night in March pairing chocolate with whisky and discussing why they go so well together. Bullion are craft chocolatiers from Sheffield and their ethos echoes our – a meticulous obsession with creating an incredible product, from start to finish. 

Enjoying: Radio York’s “Bek by the Sea”

We’re based right on the coast and we love it. So we were really pleased to welcome Bek Homer to the Distillery to feature on her “Bek by the Sea” show on Radio York. Bek chatted to nearly all of the team, and some members of the public, about all the different aspects of making, selling and enjoying whisky, as well as the other things that we do here at the Spirit of Yorkshire. And it was extra special as Bek lives in Hunmanby too, so she’d actually walked over... Read More

Enjoying: The Tour de Yorkshire at the Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery

The Tour de Yorkshire will pass through Hunmanby on stage 3 (4th May), as it takes a very circuitous route from Bridlington to Scarborough (definitely not just going straight along the A165!) We’re big fans of cycling here at the Spirit of Yorkshire and we’re thrilled that Hunmanby features on the course again – it’s not often you get world class cyclists flying through the village – and so we’ve got a few things planned in honour of the event…  Key times: the women will pass through the village at around 9am, with... Read More

Living: Favourite Yorkshire Places

Hunmanby Gap – only a couple of miles from the Distillery, it’s part of Filey Bay and we all love it. For clearing our heads, walking the dogs or tiring out kids, you’ll usually find one of us there, rain or shine. 

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Enjoying: Blind Tasting World Whisky

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

Enjoying: Distillery Session – “Raven”

On Friday night (26th October) we welcomed Raven to the Distillery for a magical night of music. With a diverse and spirited sound, they wove a magical blend of music, stories and melodies, and the audience were suitably entranced… it was a great atmosphere, with a full-house and lots of Wold Top and wine flowing! With each monthly Distillery Session we like to showcase local musicians who have unique sounds and bring their own ‘spirit’ (sorry!) to their performances. Our next session is on the 30th November and will be... Read More

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Living: BBC Look North at the Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery

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.

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Enjoying: The Yorkshire Whisky Festival

***UPDATE***… we won! We’re really pleased to say that we won both ‘Dram of the Day’ and ‘Stand of the Day.’ Given the calibre of Distilleries and Single Malts at the show, we’re incredibly proud and honoured to have been awarded these two accolades. We love York, and the work The Whisky Lounge does, and so we were really pleased to be invited to the Yorkshire Whisky Festival at the Racecourse this weekend (6th October). Throughout the afternoon and into the evening, we shared cask samples, chatted about our ethos... Read More