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Forest Distillery to launch English whisky

UK-based spirits producer Forest Distillery is preparing to launch its first English whisky with the aim of growing international sales “tenfold” over the next 12 months.

The Cheshire-based Forest Distillery produces the Forest Gin portfolio

The distillery, based in Cheshire, England, was founded by husband and wife team Karl and Lindsay Bond, and will launch the first products under its Forest Whisky brand later this year.

Karl Bond, co-founder of the Forest Distillery, which currently produces the Forest Gin range, said: “We’re very excited about the launch of Forest Whisky. We’re only the 15th distiller in England to be granted a licence to mature whisky and to receive pre-orders at this early stage shows how highly regarded British distillers are internationally.”

Forest Distillery hopes the whisky brand will grow exports, which it hopes will constitute 90% of its total revenue in five years’ time.

Currently, exports make up 17% of the distillery’s sales, with its gin sold in 10 countries, including Japan, China, Australia and the US.

Bond added: “We’ve been amazed at the reception to our gin from overseas buyers. We’re expecting our exports to grow substantially over the next few years, especially as we continue to find trusted contacts in new markets, with support from Department for International Trade.”

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