A NEW venture hopes it has the right mix as it launches its own brand of liqueur using the ingredients and expertise on its doorstep.
Durham Distillery has launched Durham Gin using spring water and juniper berries from the County Durham countryside, with Durham University’s Botanical Gardens offering advice.
In time, it plans to grow its own ingredients, which will go into its custom-made 400 litre copper pot, called Lilly in honour of the 14-year-old daughter of company owner John Chadwick.
The kit is turning out batches of 200 bottles every six weeks.
The craft distillery is in its early days, but its gin is already stocked in Newcastle’s Fenwick store, independent delicatessens and bars in hotels including Seaham Hall and Durham’s Radisson Blu – with the search on for a venue in Sunderland to serve it.
Jon, a former NHS boss and Department of Work and Pensions worker, runs the business with sales manager Mike Berriman, from Sunderland, and distiller David Wilkinson, with more jobs in the pipeline.
Jon said: “We’re absolutely overjoyed by the reaction we have got so far, people have really enjoyed trying it. I’m from Durham and we’re all from Durham or Wearside, and we thought the name would be good to reflect in its college town as it has a population which is a mix of professions, dons and academics, which creates a market.”
A pop up bar in the Prince Bishops shopping centre in Durham will open from 12.30pm to 5pm during the bank holiday, offering a free taste of the gin.