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Yorkshire’s first whisky distillery reaches the shortlist of prestigious awards

Yorkshire's first whisky distillery reaches the shortlist of prestigious magazine food awards


The team at Hunmanby based business, Spirit of Yorkshire are celebrating after its Maturing Malt has reached the regional shortlist of thedelicious. magazineawards.


Spirit of Yorkshire's Distillery Projects 002 Maturing Malt has reached the final of the North East Region heat in the Drinks Category that is new for 2018.


Distillery Projects 002 (DP002) is a limited edition Maturing Malt and offers a taste of the maturing casks at the North Yorkshire, distillery. The second of a series of four collectible spirits, DP002 is described as being ‘light, fresh and fruity, with notes of honeycomb, hot cross buns, barley sugar, gingerbread, orange sponge cake, black pepper, pear drops and white chocolate.'


Spirit of Yorkshire's Whisky Director, Joe Clark is delighted that DP002 has reached the final of the regional heats: "We have broken with whisky making tradition and challenged convention by bringing our Maturing Malt to market.

"Our fresh thinking, flavour-driven ethos and our innovative distillation techniques have paid off."


The Maturing Malt will be judged live at theDales Festival of Food and Drink on June 16thfrom 11.00 - 15.00, and the winners who will be put forward for the delicious. Produce Award national final will be announced at 16.00. Spirit of Yorkshire's fellow finalists include Sloe Motion, Fabulously Fruity Wines and Wildlee Ltd.


The judging panelincludes cook, Jane Lovett; General Manager of Fodder, Heather Parry; champion of Yorkshire food and drink, Sue Nelson; Bowcliffe Hall chef, Simon Crannage and Gilly Robinson from Malton Cookery School.


The aim of thedelicious.awards, run in association with home appliance company Fisher & Paykel, is to search out and champion local food heroes - small-scale, artisan producers from throughout the UK.


Spirit of Yorkshire was launched in 2016 and is a collaboration between farmer and brewer, Tom Mellor from Wold Top Brewery and business partner, David Thompson. The pair have invested significantly to follow their dream of creating a Yorkshire whisky that doesn't simply replicate Scotch. The distillery is a true field to bottle setup and boasts some of the most impressive distilling equipment in the country, includingtwo of the largest Forsyth pot stills operating in the UK outside of Scotland. It is thought to be the only distillery operating in the UK that grows all of its own barley for its whisky production.


In addition to distilling whisky and conducting guided tours, Spirit of Yorkshire is home to the Pot Still Coffee Shop that serves a variety of home cooked food and hosts regular events including fortnightly Jazz and Blues nights, monthly Distillery Sessions and special events. Forthcoming events include Distillery Sessions with The Mile Roses on 29thJune and a ‘Pot Still Pop Up'whisky-inspired three course mealfrom Birds on the Loose on 11thOctober.




Photo: DP002 has reached the regional shortlist of delicious. magazine's Produce awards DP002 shortlisted in delicious mag awards

For more information or to arrange an interview withJoe Clark or Director and co-founder, David Thompson, please contact Tracey Baty at three60 marketing on


Direct line:01430 871360

Mobile:07971 961574

E mail:traceybaty@three60


Notes to editors


  1. For more information about Spirit of Yorkshire, please visit
  2. The Distillery and Pot Still Coffee Shop are open 7 days a week; 9.30am-5pm, Monday-Saturday and 10am-3pm on a Sunday. Tours run daily all year round at the following times...Monday-Saturday; 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. Sunday; 12pm and 2pm. Booking is advisable by calling 01723 891758.
  3. For more information about the fortnightly Jazz and Blues and the monthly distillery sessions, please visit
  4. In February 2018, Spirit of Yorkshire won VisitEngland Welcome Award in the Attractions Accolades in appreciation of the outstanding experiences they have provided since they opened their visitor attraction in April 2017. They also won the Best Tourism & Hospitality Business at the Bridlington and Yorkshire Coast Chamber Awards in October 2017.
  5. The Spirit of Yorkshire's logo depicts a gannet. The team at Spirit of Yorkshire identifies with the fearless, graceful and purposeful birds that have prospered at nearby Bempton Cliffs for many years. In the same way that the gannets have a homing instinct, wherever the team roam to explore new ideas, they will always return to where Yorkshire's first whisky was born.