Whitby Gin was born following a camping trip in the wilderness of the Outer Hebrides in June 2017. Jess turned to Luke, questioned why her hometown didn’t have its own distillery. With Jess’s background in business planning and Luke’s experience in food manufacturing they set about developing their own local gin. Before arriving back home they created a business plan and ordered a small still. Nine months later Whitby Gin was born in Luke’s parents 40sqft utility room from which they produced over 3000 bottles on weekends whilst both working full time 100 miles across the country.
What is the story/inspiration behind it?
With both the North York Moors and the Yorkshire coast on our doorstep, we are lucky enough to live in a place of unrivalled natural beauty. The stark contrast between land and sea has been our greatest source of inspiration; from the botanicals we use to flavour Whitby Gin to the packaging and design. You will see nautical references in our packaging including waves, Whitby coordinates on the tamper seal and the ships wheel in reference to Captain James Cook.
What makes it unique from other gins out there?
In order to capture the diversity of native botanicals, we explore the rugged coastline and dip below the ocean surface to find those enchanting ingredients. Only 10 months since its launch, Whitby Gin has won Best British London Dry Gin at the World Gin Awards 2019. Authentic craftmanship is at the heart of what we do with a human touch in every stage of our process.
What are the key flavours/botanicals?
With a unique mix of 15 botanicals, it has an initial sweetness of honey subtly balanced with a saline anchor of sugar kelp. Texturally smooth, the rolling savoury notes of heather and juniper follow with a sustaining warmth and lasting freshness.
How do you recommend it is served?
We suggest serving the drink with Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic, a slice of pink grapefruit and sprig of rosemary.