Yorkshire’s first malt whisky distillery has been recognised with a prestigious VisitEngland award, less than a year after opening.
Hunmanby-based Spirit of Yorkshire has been awarded a Welcome Award in appreciation of the outstanding experiences they have provided since they opened their visitor attraction in April 2017.
Spirit of Yorkshire was launched in 2016 and is a collaboration between farmer and brewer, Tom Mellor from Wold Top Brewery and his entrepreneur friend, David Thompson. The pair have invested significantly to follow their dream of creating a Yorkshire whisky that doesn’t simply replicate Scotch.
Commenting on the award, Spirit of Yorkshire director and co-founder David Thompson said: “We are delighted to win this award, especially when you consider that we’re such a young business. “It’s testament to our great team that we were the only business in North Yorkshire to win a Welcome Award. We aspire to put Yorkshire on the UK malt whisky-making map and this win stands us in good stead to build on our visitor offering that includes whisky tours and tastings, The Pot Still Café, events, music nights and distilling experiences.”
Spirit of Yorkshire’s first Maturing Malt 001 sold out in only four weeks, and the business has attracted glowing feedback from industry professionals alongside healthy visitor numbers.
The maturing malt gives a flavour of what the first malt whisky will taste like when it is bottled in 2019. Maturing Malt 002 is released this month and is expected to sell out more quickly than its predecessor as the maturing malt becomes ever closer to the date that it can be called a malt whisky.
The Distillery and Pot Still Coffee Shop are open seven days a week, and tours run daily all year round. For more information visit www.spiritofyorkshire.com