Spirit of Yorkshire is Yorkshire's first ever single malt whisky distillery, located in Hunmanby, near Filey Bay on the Yorkshire Coast.
For Spirit of Yorkshire it is about doing things properly. That is why they're obsessed with every step of the distilling process, from grain to glass. Mentored by renowned whisky expert Dr. Jim Swan, their instinctive approach is to create a whisky that doesn't just replicate Scotch. This doesn't mean they rely on blind luck, they take the best of tradition and apply new thinking to create something unique.
All the barley used is grown in Hunmanby, on the family farm, and the water is taken from two sources, sunk deep into the chalk. The team is in control at every stage of the growing and distilling process, from choosing the variety of barley and how it is grown, right through to bottling on site at the distillery. Very few other distilleries in the UK can claim this
Spirit of Yorkshire have invested in two of the largest Forsyth pot stills operating in the UK outside of Scotland. They also added a four-plate copper column into their process that works in tandem with the spirit still to add variance to the Spirit of Yorkshire distillery. This is all part of the commitment to combining tradition with new thinking to create something out of the ordinary. The stills were fired up for the first time in May 2016 and there are already thousands casks of various types being used, including sherry butts and bourbon casks, all of which will help create the subtle, complex flavours of the unique spirit.
FILEY BAY S.T.R CASK FINISH
Distilled in 2016, this "field to bottle" single malt spent years maturing in bourbon casks before transferring to be "finished" in shaved, toasted and re-charred red wine barriques, which came from sunny Rioja vineyards in Spain.
"Filey Bay STR Finish is totally different from anything we've released so far. It takes the citrus and caramel flavours from the bourbon casks and weaves them with the red fruits of the Rioja barriques, creating a complex whisky with spice and depth that's also light and floral."
- Joe Clark, Whisky Director, Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery
Nose: Chocolate orange, toasted teacakes and a hint of fresh barley.
Palate: Salted caramel, red berries, subtle barrel char and cinnamon spiciness.
Finish: Strawberries and black pepper, dark chocolate bitterness, dry oak.