Success for North East distillery

Success for North East distillery

The team behind the Sunderland bar Poetic License are celebrating the launch of their independent small batch distillery.

The distillery currently crafts two gins and a vodka, which are all individually bottled, wrapped and labelled by hand.

Producing around 400 bottles a week, the business is the brand child of North East entrepreneur, Mark Herd, who also opened a stand-alone microbrewery in 2012.

“The recent revival in gin has been astounding,” said Mark.

“I noticed demand climbing and spotted a gap in the market for high quality, artisanal spirits that mixed traditional techniques with modern flavours and set about bringing my vision to life.”

After attending a course in distilling, Mark invested in a 500L pot still and recruited a full-time distiller to help create the perfect blends.

Four months on and the distillery’s Northern Dry Gin, Old Tom Gin and Graceful Vodka are already being stocked in popular bars, hotels and restaurants across the North East, including Newcastle cocktail bars As You Like It and Floritas, as well as the Wynyard Hall Hotel in County Durham.

All three products can also be found in regional department stores, including Fenwick, with hopes of expanding nationwide.

“We’re delighted that so many leisure operators and retailers have already been able to embrace this philosophy and appreciate the unique style of our spirits and hope that more across the UK will soon follow suit,” adds Mark.

After the success of their gin and vodka, Mark and distiller Luke Smith have plans to develop limited edition flavours, as well as creating their own rum and absinthe.