Yorkshire's very first malt whisky is almost ready to hit the shelves

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 24 May 2018

The owner of a popular East Yorkshire brewery is celebrating after he and his business partner filled the 1000th cask of what will be Yorkshire’s first single malt whisky.

Tom Mellor, from Wold Top Brewery, and David Thompson have been working on the Spirit of Yorkshire whiskey since 2016.

Whisky has to be matured for three years before it can legally be called whisky, and now the countdown has begun until it is officially unveiled in 2019.

Mr Thompson said: "We're really pleased with the way that the spirit is maturing and the support that we've had from customers and visitors to the distillery.

"Several of the 1000 casks have been bought by people looking for a potential investment. We're delighted that the cask offer has appealed to both whisky fans and families, and groups of friends who buy in to our grain-to-glass uniqueness and who want to be a part of Spirit of Yorkshire as it makes history when its maturing malt matures to become Yorkshire's first malt whisky next year.

"There's still chance for people to buy into our cask offer as we have just released a limited number of first fill ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks."

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The 1000 casks filled to date are a combination of bourbon, oloroso sherry and re-conditioned red wine casks.

Spirit of Yorkshire was launched in 2016 and is a collaboration between farmer and brewer, Tom Mellor, and David Thompson.

The pair have invested significantly to follow their dream of creating a Yorkshire whisky that doesn't simply replicate Scotch.

The distillery is a true field-to-bottle setup and boasts some of the most impressive distilling equipment in the country, including two of the largest Forsyth pot stills operating in the UK outside of Scotland. It is thought to be the only distillery operating in the UK that grows all of its own barley.

In addition to distilling whisky and conducting guided tours, Spirit of Yorkshire is home to the Pot Still Coffee Shop that serves a variety of home cooked food and hosts regular events including fortnightly Jazz and Blues nights, monthly Distillery Sessions and special events.

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Forthcoming events include Distillery Sessions with Edwina Hayes on May 25 and the Mile Roses on June 29, and a ‘Pot Still Pop Up' whisky-inspired three course meal from Birds on the Loose on October 11.

Spirit of Yorkshire is sister company to the Wold Top Brewery.

The brewery, in Wold Newton near Driffield, is this year celebrating its 15th birthday, and recently saw its Wold Gold beer named as ‘Britain’s best.’

The business – which started back in 2003 and is celebrating its birthday with a special beer in June – said the beer first crafted in 2004 had “withstood the test of time.”

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