Several years ago, a group of whisky enthusiasts visited Islay to make whisky. On their return they asked, why has no one ever made whisky in Devon?
Devon has the ideal terroir to make great whisky: the right climate and soil to grow good quality barley; the granite geology of Dartmoor to filter wonderful spring water; and quality air and sea breezes to provide perfect storage during maturation.
With great local producers such as Tuckers Maltings (one of the oldest established traditional barley malting houses in the country) and more cask beer brewers than any other county in England, all the components were there to make fantastic single-malt whisky.
Distillery founder Greg Millar found his still in Cognac and brought it to Devon in 2014, establishing a home for his new distillery in Bovey Tracey Town Hall.
Greg invited master distiller Frank McHardy to join the team in Dartmoor, bringing with him almost 50 years of experience as a master distiller. They distil weekly, so there’s always something to see (and taste). Make sure to prebook your tour online.