Durham Distillery to produce whisky

Durham Distilleries has announced it is to produce a single malt whisky as part of an expansion this year, which will make it one of the northernmost whisky distilleries in England.

Head distiller, Jessica Tomlinson

Founded in 2014 and already producing gin and vodka, the distillery is relocating to larger premises in the centre of Durham this year and will lay down new whisky in cask to celebrate.

Head distiller, Jessica Tomlinson, said: “Heading up the production of Durham Whisky is very exciting, and we can’t wait to start the process in 2018. As well as it being a first for this part of England, it’s also a shake up for the industry as there are very few female distillers, especially producing whisky.

“We’ve really honed our craft over the last four years widely establishing our gin and vodka, seeing it positioned on shelves in stores and venues next to brands which have been around for decades. The chance to be part of whisky history is a limited opportunity for fans of the spirit as well as those interested in the region’s heritage, with reservations now open.”

Owner Jon Chadwick added: “We are gearing up for what will be a huge year for the business, moving from the outskirts of Durham to a larger city centre premises to begin producing the first whisky to be made in this region, alongside increased production of our gin and vodka.

“Our new home will not only give us additional operations and storage capacity, but will enable us to become a visitor destination. The aim is to host guided tours daily, as well as private functions and corporate events, in addition to being a welcome space for local people to enjoy as a meeting place.”

The whisky is due for release in 2021. By stepping into the world of whisky production Durham Distillery joins a small but growing band of just over 10 whisky producers in England and just the third in the north of the country alongside The Lakes Distillery in Cumbria and Spirit of Yorkshire in North Yorkshire.

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