Things have been pretty busy in the distillery recently with lots of exciting projects in the pipeline! Greg takes some time to jot down all that’s been happening this November in the distillery. 

 

November in the Distillery

We’ve been busy laying down Bourbon and Bordeaux casks so far this month. We’re also planning to ship up some fresh sherry casks from the Jerez region in Spain very soon; we have to buy 12 in one go which is extremely costly. They are the most expensive and hard-to-come-by casks we currently source, hence the higher price for the sherry cask expression, but we believe the result is well worth the extra investment. 

Since we started our journey to make a whisky distillery from scratch, we have always had bigger plans for the building that was once the Bovey Tracey Town Hall. We are currently going through financial planning for the new atrium part of the distillery, which will see a large glass roof and windows letting in plenty of natural light, plus the installation of a lift to improve accessibility to the old building. 

We’re so pleased to have just launched a brand new booking system and voucher system for our Whisky Tasting Experience. The process is now much slicker and easy-to-use, so thanks for bearing with us whilst we gradually improve various aspects of the online experience. Now you can easily book your spot on to a Whisky Tasting Experience via the online calendar, and you can even buy a voucher for gifting which will be emailed to you to forward on to your recipient or print out to pop in a card.

Our clothing merchandise has always gone down really well with our fans, so we have added two new clothing products to our website in time for Christmas. Head online to our gift section where you will find a new Dartmoor Whisky Cotton Hoodie and a new branded polo shirt. Our team literally cannot take their hoodies off, so safe to say they have passed the comfort test! 

We get many questions and requests about whether we plan to make a gin. Whilst we don’t want to distract from our core passion and product which is whisky, we will in fact be launching our very own gin in early 2022. We love gin and have really enjoyed the process of fine tuning our gin recipe, which is full of botanicals and flavours inspired by Dartmoor National Park and beyond! We have just placed the order for our bottles which will be arriving very soon. Any guesses as to what we’ve done for the gin bottle design?

Before I forget, we’ve added a NEW evening date for our Whisky Tasting Experience in the run up to Christmas. We’d love you to join us for an extra date on Thursday 16 December at 7pm to learn how we make our whisky and taste our current expressions, plus the Distillery Shop will be open 7-8:30pm for you to purchase any last minute gifts. Book your space here.

November on Dartmoor 

The lighter mornings are perfect for early morning dog walks on the moors, but the nights drawing in have us embracing comforting stews, lighting the fire a little earlier and enjoying a dram to warm us up.

Dartmoor can be an unforgiving place in November. The low fog hugs the valleys, and the strong winds up on the highlands feel strong enough to knock you over at times. 

We’ve been enjoying cooking venison this month from Wild Hart Venison who manage a herd of deer up on Dartmoor National Park. We were lucky enough to take a trip in their shire horse carriage recently, an amazing experience and full of fascinating insight about deer and venison from knowledgeable Mark. 

We’re over the moon to see The Dartmoor Line is back in service after a 50 year break. Now local shoppers and commuters, as well as walkers and climbers, cyclists and campers, will be able to travel from anywhere in the UK, via Exeter, and reach the top of Dartmoor easily and without driving. Making Dartmoor accessible from the rest fo the UK via public transport is so exciting, and we hope more people will explore the beauty and remoteness of northern Dartmoor.