Chase to make Hereford whisky

19th February, 2014 by Lucy Shaw

Herford-based vodka and gin distillery Chase is looking to release a whisky onto the market.

Speaking to the drinks business, James Chase, son of the distillery’s founder, William Chase, confirmed that trials for the whisky were currently underway.

“We’re developing a whisky at the moment that we might want to make in a similar way to a Bourbon going down a corn or a rye route,” he said.

“We’re doing lots of different trials at the moment with what we’re using as a base. We’ve collaborated with Hobsons Brewery in Shropshire and are developing a whisky with a barley based wash that we could charge with hops at the end,” he added.

The distillery currently has 5,300 litres of whisky in barrel, with the oldest batch two years old.

In addition to experimenting with the base ingredient, Alex Davies, who is heading up the project, is also playing around with different types of wood, from French to American oak.

“We’re talking to wine producers at the moment as we’re interested in using old wine barrels that have housed things like Sauternes,” Chase said.

“We’re putting down a barrel a week so something will be ready by the end of the year. We want to call it a Hereford whisky and create a new category,” he added.

And while the final style will remain constant, the distiller also aims to do limited edition runs of some of the styles that showcase different base ingredients, like corn and rye.

One Response to “Chase to make Hereford whisky”

  1. Ross Kerslake says:

    It’s fantastic – well the new make anyway. Tried it last year at the distillery. The main aging will be 6 years, with Alex doing a small run after 3 years. Brilliant!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe to our newsletters

Job vacancies

UK Brand Ambassador - That Boutique-y Gin Company

That Boutique-y Gin Company
Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK

Senior National Account Manager – Grocery (Craft Spirits)

Maverick Drinks
Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK

Senior National Account Manager – Wholesale RTM (Craft Spirits)

Maverick Drinks
Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK

Digital Marketing Manager

Master of Malt
Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK

Experienced On Trade Sales Person

Borough Wine Imports
London, GB

3 x Business Development Executive

The Lakes Distillery Company Limited
Newcastle head office and nationwide, UK

Editor

Master of Malt Ltd
Tunbridge Wells(Kent)

Sales Account Manager - On-Trade

Berkmann Wine Cellars
Liverpool

Brand Manager

Hallgarten Druitt
Luton, UK

Experienced On-Trade Salespeople Required

Portal Wines and Spirits
London, UK

Purchasing and Sales (Wine Trader)

JF Tobias
London, UK

Sales Account Manager - On-Trade

Berkmann Wine Cellars
Cambridge / Peterborough / Bedfordshire, UK

The Global Merlot Masters 2017

Deadline : 17th April 2017

db Awards 2017

Deadline : 28th April 2017

The Global Organic Masters 2017

Deadline : 14th April 2017

The Global Sparkling Masters 2017

Deadline : 12th May 2017

Click to view more

Global Chardonnay Masters 2016

Now in its fourth year, the competition will identify the best Chardonnay from all around the world in every price range.

Rioja Masters 2016

Now in its fifth year, the competition will recognise and reward the finest Riojas on the world stage.

Fortified Masters 2016

Now in its third year, The Fortified Masters will reward the best fortified wines on offer.

The Global Malbec Masters 2016

the drinks business is proud to announce the inaugural Global Malbec Masters 2016.

Click to view more