The pioneering Battersea-based distilling company, The London Distillery Company, who in 2013 was granted London’s first distillers licence to produce single malt whisky in over a century has today announced the start of production of a rare 1920’s style single malt spirit. The boutique distillery, which has also been producing Dodd’s Gin since April 2013, was the first whisky distillery in London since Lea Valley in Stratford closed in the early 1900’s.
This one of a kind single malt spirit is being crafted using specially selected 1920’s distillers yeast and the rare organic heritage barley variety, Plumage Archer. Globally only a very small tonnage of this rare barley was harvested for malting in 2014. Grown at Home Farm Highgrove, 500kg has been supplied to the Stroud Brewery, Gloucestershire, with the remaining tonnage dedicated exclusively to the team at The London Distillery Company.
Plumage Archer was originally created in the early 1900’s at Warminster Maltings, Wiltshire, and by 1947 accounted for some 85% of barley grown in Great Britain. The first of this extraordinary spirit has been committed to the Company’s limited edition 20ltr ‘109’ casks* before then filling the remainder into larger bespoke premium quality oak and chestnut barrels. Once the plain British malt spirit, that will be produced during a second distillation, has been matured in casks for a minimum of three years and a day, it will legally become single malt whisky.**
Malt whisky is made using three ingredients: malted barley, water and yeast. In keeping with the distillery’s focus on sustainability and sourcing locally where possible, the barley is sourced 100 miles from the distillery. Surebrew in Surrey supplies yeast and the company is using historical brewing and distilling yeast strains.
Distillery co-founder and CEO Darren Rook comments: ‘Back in 2010 when starting to plan the distillery long before we crowd funded my dream was to distil Plumage Archer in this way. I’m personally really excited, but the whole team at the distillery are like kids in a candy shop. We all feel extremely privileged to be working with such an extraordinary set of ingredients that are exclusive to us.
‘Really this is only the start of the journey as 2015 marks the 50th Anniversary for the Maris Otter barley variety, which in effect is the granddaughter of Plumage Archer. Once we’ve completed the next 8 weeks distilling schedule we’ll switch to organic Maris paired with both 1940’ and 1960’s distillers yeast strains as we continue to explore creating incredible flavours. We really owe huge thanks Warminster Maltings and Home Farm for their vision that has protected these old organic varieties’
TLDC also produces the UK’s first and only 100% British rye spirit aged in bespoke made English Oak barrels.
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*The ‘109's' are a limited release of 109 casks to mark the numbers since the last distillery operated in London. The majority of the profits go to the Movember Charity.
** UK and EU law requires that single malt spirit should be aged in wood for at least three years and one day to be English whisky
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The London Distillery Company
The London Distillery Company was founded in 2011 by Darren Rook, former London branch manager for the Scotch Malt Whisky Society and Master of Malt Strategic Project Manager and Nick Taylor from award-winning corporate finance house, Envestors.
Dodd’s Gin was released in Spring 2013. The small batch gin uses organic botanicals, which include: juniper berries, angelica root, fresh lime peel, bay laurel, cardamom, red raspberry leaf and London honey.
A significant proportion of the ingredients are first distilled in ‘Christina’, a traditional 140-litre copper alembic, with the more delicate botanicals being reserved for ‘Little Albion’, The London Distillery Company’s state-of-the-art cold vacuum still. Dodd’s Gin is non-chill filtered, bottled at 49.9% ABV then hand labelled. It is available from Fortnum & Mason, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, The Whisky Exchange, Master of Malt and other premium retailers and bars at an RRP of £36.95 per 50cl bottle.
Fortnum and Mason London Dry Gin
Created and launched as a partnership brand in November 2014. Fortnum’s London Dry Gin is produced and bottled by the team at the distillery at 47.1% ABV. Botanicals include juniper berries, angelica root, orris root, nutmeg, bergamot peel and coriander seed.
Warminster Maltings was built in 1855 by William Morgan, an established maltster and brewer. At the beginning of the 20th century, the maltings were firmly put on the world’s map when Ernest Sloper Beaven, a self taught plant breeder, bred the first genetically true variety of barley in the world.
Named Plumage Archer, this barley was selected for it’s outstanding malting and brewing qualities. It went on to provide most of the UK’s malt requirements across the British Isles for the next 40 years. By 1950, Guinness had taken over the maltings, and continued to operate it until 1994. In 1994 Chris Garratt, head maltster, began a new venture at Warminster supplying local breweries. In 2001, Robin Appel, the Hampshire based barley merchant, acquired the business to fund expansion plans.
Address: Warminster Maltings Ltd, 39 Pound Street, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 8NN, UK
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