What visits will 2020 bring?

31 December 2019

I stated the other day I had visited 53 distilleries in 2019, but later realised I had not added Tullamore to my timeline so I have actually visited 54.

I have started planning my visits for 2020 and, based on current plans, I will be visiting distilleries in the following regions:

  1. South Carolina
  2. North Carolina
  3. Tennessee
  4. Kentucky
  5. Scottish Islands
  6. Campbeltown
  7. Islay

As I travel around, I also hope to pick up a few distilleries in the following countries:

  1. England
  2. Republic of Ireland
  3. Northern Ireland

The majority of the distilleries will be whiskey or rum, but there may be a few other types sneak through.

2019 Distillery Tours – The Perfect 10 in England

17 December 2019

In 2019, I only visited two distilleries in England and only one of them scored a 10 after my visit. That was the City of Manchester Distillery where I visited to do the Rum Experience.

City of Manchester Distillery

The distillery wasn’t the easiest to find, in part because Google Maps places it on the wrong side of the street, and partly because I expected it to be a building rather than built into the arches under a railway bridge.

The rum experience is a comprehensive one which covers the history of sugar cane agriculture as well as the history of rum. You’ll try several different rums and almost always have one in your hand. From the painkiller cocktail when you arrive to the zombie at the end.

This isn’t just a tour, but an experience where you get to distil your own rum and then bring it away to age in a little oak cask.

The City of Manchester distillery currently only sells the Manchester Three Rivers Small Batch Dry Gin, but I look forward to tryingtheir rum when it launches.

2019 Distillery Tours – The Perfect 10s

6 December 2019

In 2019 I have visited 53 distilleries across five countries. The quality of tours has been somewhat mixed, but I thought as we come to the end of the year, I’d highlight those which scored a perfect 10.

I’ve done a mix of tours over the year, from the standard 40 minute mass-tourist tour to the in-depth tour for the real enthusiast. My ratings are based on the type of tour and how well it meets it’s market.

This does mean that an in-depth tour which doesn’t compare to the best of it’s competitors in that market won’t be included, even though it might be a better tour than one aimed to the mass market, whereas the mass-market one will be included if it exceeds expectations for its market.

Over the coming days, I’ll be doing a post per distillery which met my criteria this year for a perfect 10 rating.

2019 Distillery Tours - The Perfect 10s
2019 Distillery Tours - The Perfect 10 in Wales
2019 Distillery Tours - The Perfect 10 in England
2019 Distillery Tours - The Perfect 10s in Scotland
2019 Distillery Tours - The Perfect 10s in Ireland
2019 Distillery Tours - The Perfect 10 in Northern Ireland

Spirit of Yorkshire distillery has whisky

15 June 2019

Over the last few years, quite a large number of new distilleries have been founded. One of the is Spirit of Yorkshire in England.

Different rule apply to whisk(e)y around the work; in England, spirit can only be called whisky once it has been aged in an oak barrel for three years. The Spirit of Yorkshire’s first casked distillate has now reached that milestone and can now be called whiskey Continue reading

Cooper King Becomes Latest Distillery Making English Whisky

14 June 2019

Cooper King distillery in Yorkshire, England, today announced that they had distilled their first whisky.

Cooper King logo

Cooper King is a self-built distillery which, from opening, was operating as a gin distillery, but always intended to be a whisky distillery. As many of the new breed of whisky distilleries, they distilled gin as it is away to quickly raise additional funds as gin does not need to be aged as whisky does.

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