Durham Distillery to begin whisky production

3rd January, 2018 by Melita Kiely

Gin and vodka maker Durham Distillery will start producing whisky this year – thought to be a first for the north east of England.


Jessica Tomlinson is head distiller at Durham Distillery

Consumers keen to get their hands on the first whisky run from Durham Distillery can already sign up to reserve a Founder’s Cask, as well as cases or bottles of the spirit, which will be ready for consumption in 2021.

First opened in 2014, the distillery already makes gin and vodka, which are available to purchase throughout the UK.

Jessica Tomlinson, head distiller, 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.”

Durham Distillery is also planning to relocate to Durham city centre as part of its expansion plans this year.

The new site will enable the distillery to increase its production and storage capacity, and become a “visitor destination”.

Jon Chadwick, distillery owner, said: “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.

“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.”

To celebrate the expansion, Durham Distillery created a short film to show fans a snippet of Durham life. Click the video below to watch the full clip.

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