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Durham Distillery experiments in cask ageing

Craft distiller Durham Distillery has launched Durham Cask Aged Gin. A limited edition release of just 1,000 bottles with each one signed by head distiller Jess Tomlinson.

Thomlinson explains: “I wanted to experiment with the cask aged process and produce a unique gin offering. We used two complimentary types of aged oak casks, American Bourbon and Spanish Oloroso Sherry, to create ours – adding fruity and honeyed complexity with subtle vanilla and citrus zest top notes.

“The American Bourbon cask itself offers a vanilla bean, caramel and oak finish, while the Spanish Oloroso offers spicy sweet fruit with honey and orange peel. The combination just works so well and tastes really, very special.

“We have designed beautiful new presentation tubes, with the artwork inspired by the roundels at Durham Cathedral and indeed our logo. We feel it offers a modern interpretation on the shapes and design.”

The small-batch craft distillery, based in the outskirts of Durham, has been distilling since 2013 and is a traditional distillery, using a 400 litre copper pot called Lily (after the owner’s daughter).

Originally producing solely Durham Gin, the company, founded and led by Jon Chadwick, branched into Durham Vodka and additional seasonal products in 2014. Managing the entire distilling process in-house, the team of six produces just 300 bottles at a time to ensure maximum quality, with absolutely no shortcuts taken.

17 September 2017 - Sam Coyne The Drinks Report, news editor