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A good year for gin

March 5, 2019

Derbyshire Distillery, which launched in early 2018, is celebrating the end of a successful first year.

The company started producing a range of fine gins, which are now available from online wine merchants and from farm shops, garden centres and off licences across North Derbyshire and the Peak District, but the longer-term aim is to produce a range of vodkas and  other liqueurs. 

Derbyshire Distillery’s gins are available from a wide range of retailers across the region

Commenting on the end of the first year David Hemstock, one of the co-founders, said: “We started producing gin in February 2018 and we were surprised just how quickly the orders came in from local bars, hotels and restaurants. 

“The gins have been very well received and we get consistently positive feedback when we attend food and drinks festivals locally and across the UK.

“Ironically, we were so busy we didn’t have time to do any marketing, so in December we appointed a local PR agency to provide the support we need, so we can focus on producing the high quality gins that our customers have come to enjoy.”

It is the first commercial distillery to launch in Chesterfield, after which their first range of gin was inspired — Chesterfield Dry Gin — which includes a traditional London Dry Gin, a lemon sherbet and a pomegranate gin. Their premium range of gins is branded as Derbyshire Dry Gin, with The Master Blend as their flagship product.

The company is planning to expand its range of gins, including limited edition batches that will feature unique and exotic ingredients, which will be available together with their main and premium ranges — using both traditional copper and state-of-the-art Genio stills to deliver consistent batches.

Derbyshire Distillery is currently based in Staveley, but will be moving operations to new purpose-designed facilities at Markham Vale, adjacent to M1 junction 29A, where production will commence from Easter 2019. At the new distillery all administration, sales and distilling operations will all be under one roof, as well as a visitor centre and shop.

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