A Year On - Silk Route Spirits Journey 12 Months In

Issue 102

Well, well, well, it's been a whirlwind of a year for Silk Route Spirits, hasn't it? Blink, and you might just miss the transformation from a mere glimmer in Phil Hayden and Mark Douglas's eyes to a shining star in the world of spirits.

Let’s hop aboard the spirit wagon and take a gander at their journey from humble beginnings to dizzying heights.

Phil Hayden tells Northern Insight about their journey so far.

“Cast your mind back to May 2022, when the seeds of this spirited adventure were sown. Picture two pals, sipping G&Ts in the heart of Newcastle, our minds wandering all the way to central Anatolia. That’s where it all began, folks – the idea for Silk Route Spirits was born over a cheeky tipple.

“Fast forward to July 2022, and we find ourselves kneedeep in the art of distillation. We rolled up our sleeves and dove headfirst into the world of alcohol alchemy. Maths, chemistry, and a sprinkle of magic – that’s the recipe for a cracking gin, don’t you know?

“By September 2022, it was all about the botanicals. Hours of tinkering, mixing, and distilling led to the birth of a gin with a flavour as distinctive as a Geordie accent. And you better believe we stuck to the good old London Dry Gin process – quality is our middle name.

“Come November 2022, Silk Route Spirits officially strutted onto the scene. Why ‘route’, you ask? Well, it’s all about honouring the twists and turns of the Silk Road and our grand plans for the future. A journey as rich and varied as the spirits they craft.

“April 2023 saw the fruits of our labour – or should I say, the gins of our stills? Two beauties graced our shelves: Signature, and a Navy Strength.

“And by June 2023, we were ready to spread our wings even further. The gin range launched with a bang, and whispers of rum danced in the air, with a launch of Silk Route Spiced and Caramel rums in March 2024 to add to the range.

“So, there you have it, folks – a year in the life of Silk Route Spirits. From a tiny seed of an idea to a flourishing brand, it’s been one heck of a ride. And trust me, we’re just getting started. Cheers to many more years of good spirits and great company!

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