Jessica Tomlinson

Jessica Tomlinson, head distiller at Durham Distillery

Durham Distillery reaches new milestone

The small-batch craft distillery is now offering fans the chance to be a part of history with the launch of it's own whisky.

Durham Distillery will be the first of its kind in the North East to create whisky and this March has opened up limited opportunities to be part of whisky history, ahead of entering production later this year.

Fans of the spirit can now be amongst the first to own and taste a bottle, case or cask of Durham Whisky, which will be ready to consume from 2021.

Specially designed packages have been named after the city’s famous bridges including Prebends and Elvet, each presenting a chance to join the distillery on its whisky journey.

Those who secure a package will receive single malt whisky drawn from a selection of the inaugural Private Reserve first fill Bourbon and Sherry casks. The whisky expression will be exclusive to Private Reserve members and feature a unique label.

Members will also receive updates on the distillery, whisky production, tours and events. 

A project led by head distiller Jessica Tomlinson, the spirit will be produced following the distillery’s move to larger premises in the centre of Durham this winter, which will be a visitor destination as well as a working distillery.

As an additional perk, all packages will come with an Investment Certificate entitling holders to 25% off a distillery tour and 10% off products in the distillery shop – both valid for one year from the opening day of the new distillery.

Tomlinson said: “Our venture into the world of whisky is a huge step for the company and as a regional first, we want to create a product that the North East can be proud of and enjoyed here in our hometown as well as across the globe.

“We have been working hard to get our package offering just right with options to suit all audiences, from a whisky connoisseur who can’t wait to sample one of the first bottles, to venues with a desire to invest in a higher volume to stock behind the bar. We want these to remain exclusive so there is limited availability.

“There’s been an unbelievable response over the last few days from those who pre-registered for a preview of the options, so following the general release we’d urge anyone interested to act fast!”

Jon Chadwick, owner of Durham Distillery added: “It’s all go for Durham Distillery this year which will see us invest in a visitor attraction for the city in the form of our relocation, and bring a dynamic new product to the drinks market.

"These are certainly ambitious plans, however we have a fantastic team and have been overwhelmed by the interest already shown by consumers.”