The distillery is an old agricultural building which we have refurbished. Toby and I have done a lot of the work ourselves with help from some amazing local tradespeople (you know who you are!!). It is all fairly basic but very functional and this is where all the magic happens.
Our aim is to produce an artisan small batch, handcrafted spirit which reflects the Yorkshire countryside in a bottle. Our gin is predominantly Juniper mixed with Coriander and Angelica Root. Bilberries (formerly known as Whortleberries) bring sharpness, complimenting the Juniper berries keeping the gin character intact. Hawthorne berries, which grow on the beautiful hardy trees and hedgerows throughout the countryside, bring background sweetness. Bog Myrtle grows on the stunning Yorkshire moors and has a spicy aroma and tastes both bitter and balsamic at the same time (rich like vanilla). Some breweries still use Bog Myrtle to produce sweet heather ale and in medieval times, it was used as an alternative to hops.
The idea of a distillery all started about 4 years ago when we visited Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, International Centre for Brewing and Distilling to look at the Brewing and Distilling Course as we were looking to start a micro brewery and it just grew from there. Toby immediately signed up and jumped straight in to starting his Masters Degree in Brewing and Distilling and it was then things took an about turn and we decided that we wanted to start up a Distillery. Toby has a chemistry background at Bristol University and has ended up with a larger than life chemistry set!! From there, we were introduced by Heriot Watt to the the Scottish Craft Distillers Association where we met some great contacts and characters from people like us wanting to start out, to more accomplished small distillers already out there. We have also made some lifelong friends who like us, have great experience on the tasting side.