Whittaker's Gin (Harrogate Distillery Ltd) 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 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.
Our aim is to produce an artisan small batch, handcrafted spirit which reflects the Yorkshire countryside in a bottle. Our 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 and in medieval times, it was used as an alternative to hops.