Spirit of Yorkshire
was launched in 2016 and is a collaboration between farmer and brewer Tom Mellor from Wold Top Brewery
, and his business partner, David Thompson. Along with their small team of dedicated individuals, they are working to create a locally and sustainably produced single malt whisky.
Theirs is a true field-to-bottle business, where there is traceability on every grain that is mashed, milled and distilled. It is thought to be the only distillery in the UK which grows all of its own barley – indeed, all of the barley used is grown on land that has been in Tom’s family for four generations and ranks among some of the best land for growing malting barley in Europe. The chalk-filtered spring water required for the distillation process is also sourced from the family farm, located fewer than five miles from the distillery.
It’s incredibly important to Tom and David to “do things properly ”
and so in the early days of the business they enlisted the services of the renowned whisky expert, the late Dr Jim Swan. Under his guidance, their approach has been to take the best of tradition and combine this with innovative new thinking to create something unique that “doesn’t just replicate scotch