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
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.
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
Maturing Malt Hits the Road. On the 18th of December, our 004 Maturing Malt went on a trip with our Whisky Director to Westminster. The day was hosted at The House of Commons by Welcome to Yorkshire, showcasing some of best food and drink within God’s own county at a Taste of Yorkshire event. We had a great day talking to a few of our MP’s, they couldn’t believe that our 004 is only a two year old spirit. Needless to say our latest release was a hit with both... 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.
***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