A Gin School and micro-distillery are coming soon to Hull’s Old Town.
Hotham’s Gin School and Distillery is planning to open in Hepworth’s Arcade, in the Old Town of Hull, in the summer of 2018. Gin lovers will be able to visit the Distillery not only to buy bottles of Hotham’s Gin, but also to join in a unique experience day where they will learn about the history of gin, botanicals and the gin making process, finally distilling their own unique bottle of gin to take home.
Founders Emma and Simon met over a G&T back in January 2017. Their shared love of gin inspired their first date at a gin school in the Midlands, where they were inspired to think about developing their own gin recipe. After a year of learning about the gin making process, and experimenting with recipes, they have now launched a micro-distillery producing two varieties of their Hotham’s brand gin, and a Gin School.
Emma, a former English teacher, and Simon, previously of the Hull Daily Mail’s parent company, Local World, said: “We both love living in Hull and are really proud to be part of the fantastic culture here. We're really excited to bring such a wonderful experience to Hull and to be part of the Old Town scene. We're seeing a big gin boom at the moment, with discerning drinkers showing interest in smaller producers and hand-crafted spirits.
“We can't wait to welcome guests to our Gin School and Distillery, to share our passion for creating gin, and to see others enjoy the gins that we have created.
“We chose the name Hotham’s as we felt that it has a strong local connection, and we wanted to celebrate Sir John Hotham’s courage, determination and tenacity to do what he thought was right, despite it being a challenge. We’ve discovered that's exactly what it takes to launch a new business!
“All this is very exciting, but please bear with us. This is a highly regulated industry. We need planning permission along with lots of other licences before we can open the doors.
“And if you don't like gin, you can come along and make a vodka instead!”
To find out more about Hotham's Gin School and Distillery, visit their facebook page
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Hot on the heels of their recent success at local food and tourism award ceremonies, Hotham’s Gin School and Distillery has now been recognised as Yorkshire’s ‘Experience of the Year’ in the prestigious White Rose Awards 2019, as well as winning silver and bronze awards in three more categories.
A boutique distillery based in the Old Town of Hull has won a silver award in the 2019 International Wine and Spirit Competition, placing their gin amongst the world’s top spirits.
Competing against the world’s best gins, Hotham’s Distillery has been awarded 91 out of a possible 100 points for their Hotham’s Cardamom Gin in the ‘Flavoured Gin’ category, coming third out of 60 finalists in the category.