Wl Distillery - One Year On

Issue 75

Nature. Aroma. Taste. It's been just over a year since WL Distillery relaunched their signature 1st Edition gin in the height of lockdown and now the popular brand is continuing to tantalise the tastebuds of gin connoisseurs across the UK with their ever-growing range

With a trio of industry awards now under their wing, the County Durham based distillery have been shaking up quite a ginpire with listings in Vogue and GQ magazine. Ingredients have always taken centre stage at WL Distillery, each bottle is infused with nature using handpicked, measured botanicals and natural mineral spring water to ensure the freshest, most authentic taste.

The inspiration for WL Distillery comes from the founder and Managing Director, Scott Wilson-Laing spending his summers in his grandad’s garden and the team are committed to combining their passion for gin whilst capturing the charm and nature of the region. Crafted in the North East from start to finish the gins are expertly monitored and created, by hand in the distillery. Scott Wilson-Laing, Founder and Managing Director at WL Distillery said: “As with many businesses the start of the pandemic made 2020 a challenging year, with a refocus in business strategy and the subsequent relaunch we’ve benefited from an upward trajectory. As we moved into 2021 we were delighted that our 1st Edition Gin was awarded a trio of leading industry awards in such a short period of time. Alongside, securing our first retail premises at the STACK Newcastle – 2021 has been amazing for the company. We’ve increased our presence in a number of bars across the region and this is an area we are looking to refocus on post pandemic.”

Hot on the heels of the announcement that the distillery had won Silver at the prestigious 2021 London Spirits Competition, the distillery was also awarded Gold at The Gin Masters, alongside Design Bronze at The World Gin Awards.

Scott added: “We are committed to ensuring a fresh and classic authentic gin experience for customers and the awards demonstrate that the spirits we are making are the kind that bar managers and mixologists want to stock and spirits drinkers enjoy drinking.”

The award-winning 1st Edition Gin has been complemented over the months by limited edition festive and Valentine ranges alongside the new refreshing sensation, Wilson’s Gin Club ‘Watermelon and Liquorice’. The festive packs are now back by popular demand, embodying the key festive notes of the season with Christmas Citrus, and its zingy and zesty clementine notes and Festive Flavour with its warming baked apple and cinnamon taste explosion.

Scott added: “The countdown to Christmas is on and along with the return of our popular festive flavour packs, we thought we’d give our signature bottles a festive makeover too, whilst supporting Grace House, a charity that we’ve worked with closely over the years. It really is a family affair and I’ve brought my Nana on board to knit some festive hats for our gins, with donations from sales going to the Grace House festive appeal.

As we move into 2022 we have some really exciting developments on the horizon so I look forward to sharing this with our loyal customer base shortly.”

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