Durham Distillery is a small-batch craft distillery based on the outskirts of historic and beautiful Durham City. We create spirits of genuine integrity, handcrafted by Jess, our head distiller, using traditional methods, at the heart of which is our 400 litre, copper pot still, Lily. We use the highest quality ingredients and have a true passion for our work. Each small batch produces a few hundred bottles at a time, which are bottled and labeled by hand to make sure that it is of the best quality when it gets to you, the drinker.
We are members of the Scottish Craft Distillers Association, which reflects the fact that we see ourselves as having more in common with small craft distilleries in Scotland rather than with the big spirits companies. We want to become the North East’s distiller of choice for people who care about the provenance, quality, and craft of the products they consume.
We begin by hand-crushing Juniper berries, an essential component of any gin. These are added among other robust botanicals, including Angelica and Pink Peppercorn, which are placed within a mixture of locally sourced Durham spring water and pure grain spirit, and left to infuse overnight in the still. The next morning a second batch of botanicals is added and as the still is heated, the vapour rises through a copper tube called a Lyne Arm. Mounted on the Lyne Arm is the Gin Basket which contains the 3rd and final set of lighter, more delicate botanicals.