Harrogate Distillery is a family business run from our home Harewell House Farm in the heart of Nidderdale in North Yorkshire. We are passionate about Yorkshire and where we live and about our amazing local produce which we are so proud to be part of.
The Harrogate Distillery is an old agricultural building which we have refurbished. Toby and I have done a lot of the work ourselves with help from some amazing local tradespeople (you know who you are!!). It is all fairly basic but very functional and this is where all the magic happens.
The Harrogate Distillery are the distillers of Whittaker’s Gin.
Whittaker’s gin is predominantly Juniper mixed with Coriander and Angelica Root. Bilberries (formerly known as Whortleberries) bring sharpness, complimenting the Juniper berries keeping the gin character intact. Hawthorne berries, which grow on the beautiful hardy trees and hedgerows throughout the countryside, bring background sweetness.
Bog Myrtle grows on the stunning Yorkshire moors and has a spicy aroma and tastes both bitter and balsamic at the same time (rich like vanilla). Some breweries still use Bog Myrtle to produce sweet heather ale. In medieval times, bog myrtle was used as an alternative to hops.
We macerate the mix for 24 hours prior to distillation. Just before we distil, we add citrus to the mix and delicate Thyme to our gin basket. Whittaker’s Gin is distilled using the London Dry Gin process to produce a truly first class gin.
After distillation, it is then diluted using our natural water source to bring the ABV to 42%. The gin is left to settle and let the essential oils marry together. Finally Whittaker’s Gin is hand bottled, batch numbered and labelled producing a truly authentic handmade gin.