Artisan drinks producer invests in distillery

By Michelle Perrett

- Last updated on GMT

Left to right: Oliver Medforth and his mother Julia
Left to right: Oliver Medforth and his mother Julia

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Artisan drinks producer Raisthorpe Distillery is investing in its production facilities with the installation of a new still.

The distillery, which is part of Raisthorpe Manor, produces a range of items from spirits, tonics, chocolates to hampers.

The new still is being used to blend natural botanicals and local water to produce Raisthorpe’s range of award-winning gin liqueurs, vodkas and dry gin.

One of the company’s newest products, Yorkshire Tonic, is also produced on its site in Thixendale.

Yorkshire Tonic range

The Yorkshire Tonic range includes variants such as  strawberry and pomegranate; citrus; apple and elderflower; skinny; and premium Yorkshire Tonic.

Raisthorpe won four awards at this year’s Great Taste Awards.  It was awarded two 2-star awards for its Rose and Sloe Gins while its Raspberry Gin Liqueur won a 1-star award. 

Its Pink Grapefruit Tonic – one of the Yorkshire Tonics range – was also awarded a 2-star award.

Artisan drinks market growing

Founder Julia Medforth said: “Installing the new still represents a major investment for us at a time when our business has achieved successful growth and continues to aim high. We take great pride in our products and always look to innovate and create new ones which will appeal to consumers as the artisan drinks market continues to grow.”

Medforth and her son Oliver run the company, overseeing the production and sale of its drinks range to independent retailers, farm shops and delis across the country.

Raisthorpe is a family business and marked its 10th​ anniversary last year. It is based at Wharram, deep in Hockney country in the Yorkshire Wolds.

It also produces liqueurs including sloe gin, damson gin, raspberry gin, sloe whisky, fruit vodkas, including a 9ct shimmering toffee/caramel vodka and a shimmering 9ct blood orange flavour as well as gin jams and jellies.

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